Hoist the Black Flag

by Iron SeaWolf

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"This volume serves to chronicle the voyages of the legendary pirate vessel, the Iron SeaWolf, and her fearsome crew. A collection of songs, shanties and stories, some of the crew themselves, and others that they have heard and collected from various corners of the seven seas during their many travels. This volume has been compiled from the various parchments and logs aboard the ship, so that you may re-live these adventures yourself. Prepare to join the crew and set sail… to adventure!"

- V.W. (Captain)

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released October 31, 2016

Iron SeaWolf are:
Nick Wragg: Lead vocals, violin/viola
Owen Evans: Accordion, tin whistles, banjo, orchestration
Sam Morley: Guitars
Alec Jacobs: Bass
Giorgios Tsianakas: Drums

On This Recording:
Nick Wragg: Lead vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, bass, violin/viola.
Owen Evans: Accordion, tin and low whistles, banjo, backing vocals, additional guitars, jew's harp, bodhrán, orchestrations.
Sam Morley: Live drums*, misc. percussion, backing vocals, additional guitars inc. second guitar solo on Death From The Deep.

*Drums on this recording were programmed due to time constraints, except in One Last Voyage.

Recorded at the University Campus Barnsley, July - September 2014
Produced by Iron SeaWolf
Studio Engineer: Sam Morley
Mixed and mastered by Sam Morley and Owen Evans
Orchestral arrangements and soundscapes by Owen Evans
Artwork and Graphic Design by Owen Evans

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Pirate metal band from the North of England. Epic and rousing seafaring anthems combining catchy heavy metal hooks with lush cinematic orchestrations and rollicking folk tunes and sea shanties!

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Track Name: The Eternal Quest
A crimson dawn lights the sea a gleaming red
We know the time has come, prepare for the voyage ahead
Say goodbye to your home and farewell to your friends
Fetch your sword, fetch your pistol, there's a bloodlust to be quenched

Across the seas we will sail to lands afar
Chests of untold legend await beneath the stars
The ocean calls out to us, will you answer and be sworn
With cannonfire and cold-hard steel, we muster and to war!

The shore fades in the distance, the winds begin to blow
How long will we journey for, we may never know
Will fame and legendary tales follow in our wake
Or will we perish at the noose, a risk we dare to take

The seas are cold and treacherous with danger always near
But adventure's what we hunger for, we meet it with no fear
We know not what we search for but we sail forever on
And we know there is no turning back, until our quest is done

Forever and ever onwards, our journey will never end
Through the coldest of winds and blackest nights we'll sail, we will not relent
Wherever our quest may take us, whatever may lie in store
We'll stay strong and we'll raise our tankards high, we will sail forevermore

We've sailed many miles and seen so many sights
So many adventures we have had, and still more lurk in the night
The ride may be foreboding but we take it in our stride
Whatever lies in store for us, the fates are on our side

Forever and ever onwards, our journey will never end
Through the coldest of winds and blackest nights we'll sail, we will not relent
Wherever our quest may take us, whatever may lie in store
We'll stay strong and we'll raise our swords up high, we will sail forevermore
Track Name: Hoist the Black Flag
Hoist the black flag, for glory unite
Raise up your cutlasses and sail into the night
Hoist the mainsail, there's treasure to find
Hoist the black flag and be ready to fight

Hoist the black flag, we rally to the cause
Plundering and pillaging, no one can stop this force
Hoist the mainsail, adventure awaits
Hoist the black flag and be ready to fight

A crew of lawless buccaneers, we sail the open sea
We're fuelled by rum and hearty song, we're the lords of anarchy
Set sail for the horizon, to roam the whole world we are free
So hoist the black flag, raise your sword, and have a drink on me

Hoist the black flag, as rogues we hear the call
Calling us to destiny, to fight and never fall
Hoist the mainsail, there's battle ahead
Hoist the black flag and be ready...

Hoist the black flag, spread terror at the sight
Death is not our master, we do not fear his might
Hoist the mainsail, the horizon's ahead
Hoist the black flag and be ready to fight

A crew of lawless buccaneers, we sail the open sea
We're fuelled by rum and hearty song, we're the lords of anarchy
Set sail for the horizon, to roam the whole world we are free
So hoist the black flag, raise your sword, and have a drink on me
Track Name: Wrath of the SeaWolf
Blood and guts and cannon fire
Murderous cutthroats that take what they desire
Here they come in the dead of the night
You'd all best hurry if it comes to a fight
None can stand against the might of their crew
Honest sailors they were once too
Now they're lost to the grip of the SeaWolf
They ain't comin' back, they're gone forever...

Don't fight with the SeaWolf
You will not live
Just run from the SeaWolf
And don't ever look back

No survivors, thats what they say
Burning and killing is left in their wake
The wrath of the SeaWolf will never be tamed
Their hearts are filled with malicious hate
Challenge them not if ye wish to live
Their iron fist spreads death and despair
The black flag is raised out in the bay
The time has come, run!

Don't fight with the SeaWolf
You will not live
Just run from the SeaWolf
And don't ever look back

They're coming for you can you hear that sound
Its your own heart beat, its beating that loud
They've spotted you now, there's no going back
No helps coming, you're own your own now
They're smiling viciously they knows how this ends
The sound of your blood is filling your head
They're coming for you can you hear that sound
Their footsteps come closer, run!

Don't fight with the SeaWolf
You will not live
Just run from the SeaWolf
And don't ever look back
Track Name: Skull 'n' Bones Tavern
I sailed in on a storm one night disheveled and done in
And so I set about the town to find myself an inn
Somewhere to find a warming hearth, some good rum and some beer
But most of all a party with good company and cheer!

'Twas down a darkened alleyway I came upon the place
A haven for outlaws and rogues, the outcast and disgraced
The name above the door was written, carved into the stones
I knew that I had found the tavern of the Skull 'n' Bones!

Come my friends, come one and all
Revel with us all night
Come raise a glass to old times passed
And drink till morning's light!

There's ale from all around the world and all the finest wines
And rum imported from afar with taste that is divine
Whatever is your poison, it don't matter how bizarre
Just come to this old tavern, cause it's all behind the bar!

Come my friends, come one and all
Revel with us all night
Come raise a glass to old times passed
And drink till morning's light

For when tomorrow comes around
We will sail from these shores
But one day soon we will return
And drink with you once more!
Track Name: The Curse of Blood Island
We set sail in the dead of night
With fortune and glory in our sight
Tales we had heard of a chest of gold
With treasure within and riches untold

An ancient map was our only guide
Washed up ashore in a bottle one night
Led us to an island in seas unknown
Blood Island its name, that the chest calls its home

Warned were we of a curse
They say none who seek the chest will ever return
But why be scared away by mere fairytales
When such riches could be ours to call our own?

So we set sail!
For many days and many nights
We searched the seas
To find the fabled ancient isle
Until one sunrise, a dark shape on the horizon,
Behold Blood Island, the treasure within our grasp...

They say ghost ships sail around Blood Island's shores
Echoes of eternally damned souls, overcome with greed
To warn all who pass, beware the treasure's deadly curse
Or you will join them, damned for all eternity

The map showed a trail, we followed all day
'Til sunset took all the light away
At the heart of the isle, a cavern so vast
Deep down we ventured, all our courage amassed

Hours passed 'til we saw a light
We emerged in a chamber of untold height
In the centre on an altar sat the fabled chest
The treasure be ours, behold the goal of our quest

Warned were we of a curse
They say none who seek the chest will ever return
But why be scared away by mere fairytales
When such riches could be ours to call our own?

Into the cave!
A hand was laid upon the chest
And suddenly
The whole vast cavern it did quake
The walls did crack!
A thousand skulls pour from above
We break to run
But there was no time to escape

For the roof gave way with an almighty crack
The sea poured in and everything went black...

They say ghost ships sail around Blood Island's shores
Echoes of eternally damned souls, overcome with greed
To warn all who pass, beware the treasure's deadly curse
And now we join them, damned for all eternity

We set out for riches and glory
Instead we only met our fate
The Curse of Blood Island ain't no fairytale
If greed has blinded you, you cannot be saved...

Heed our warnings or you too shall become its prey!

They say ghost ships sail around Blood Island's shores
Echoes of eternally damned souls, overcome with greed
To warn all who pass, beware the treasure's deadly curse
Or you will join them, damned for all eternity
Track Name: Haul Away
Once I was in Cumberland, a-diggin' turf and taters
(Away, haul away, we'll haul away Joe)
But now I’m on a pirate ship, a-haulin' on the braces
(Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnny-o)

You call yourself a second mate but you can’t tie a bowline
(Away, haul away...)
You cannot even stand up straight oh when the ship's a-rollin'

Away, haul away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnny-o

King Louis was the king of France before the revolution
But then he got his head cut off which spoiled his constitution

The cook is in the galley making pie with ale so handy
The captain’s in his cabin, boozing' up on wine and brandy

Away, haul away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnny-o

Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnny-o!
Track Name: One Last Voyage
As I gaze out over the misty sea
The waves gently lap at the shore
I breathe the sea air and remember old times
When these oceans once were my home

But I know those times are long gone
My time is nearing its end
Only one more journey's in store for me
The waves are calling me home

All my life I've sailed these oceans
Now death comes to set me free
To carry me off to a faraway land
Over the deep blue sea

I once was a captain of a crew brave and bold
Feared across lands far and wide
The treasure we plundered then wasted away
Is a debt that I must now repay

The many adventures we set out upon
Now are just distant memories
I raise the black flag one last time
And drink one last tankard of ale

All my life I've sailed these oceans
Now death comes to set me free
To carry me off to a faraway land
Over the deep blue sea

So many men have died in my name
So much blood lies on my hands
My days of pillaging cannot be undone
Now at last my time has come round

I set the sails for one last time
Chart one final course
Now as I leave this world behind
I bid my final farewell...

All my life I've sailed these oceans
Now death comes to set me free
To carry me off to a faraway land
Over the deep blue sea
Track Name: Wherever the Wind May Take Us
Young Rosie lass lived by the sea
(Hey ho, the wind doth blow)
Oh she dreamed dreams of great piracy
(And we brave its stormy temper)
Providence heard her and answered the plea,
(Hey ho, the storm doth blow)
'Board a ship of fortune she did flee,
(And we go where it may take us)

And 'pon that ship she learned the ways
And mastered every trial
By crew's decree was made first mate
It all seemed worth her while

Hey ho, the wind doth blow
It fills our sails with song
And with every new day, we will find our own way
As the winds they guide us on

Captain McGann was a fearsome man
(Hey ho...)
Flogged the crew whene'er he can
He'd make us murder and betray
Even when our foes began to pray

Now Rosie said "this ain't right, have you no mercy to show?"
But Captain said "obey me or over the side you'll go!"

Hey ho, the wind doth blow
It fills our sails with song
And with every new day, we will find our own way
As the winds they guide us on

I'd dreamed of freedom of the sea
(Aye aye, and so did we!)
Not trapped in this cruel tyranny
(We will stand for it no longer!)
Now come my crewmates, who's with me?
(Aye aye, we stand with ye!)
The only way is mutiny!
(And we go where you may take us!)

Rise in the dead of night
(Hey ho...)
Draw swords, prepare to fight
Come now, the time is right
Captain will feel our might

We broke into his cabin, and before his sword could lift
We bound him in a longboat, and we sent him out adrift…

Bring the powder kegs to me
Let's blow McGann's last legacy
Abandon ship, and then on three
Flaming arrow, fly fast and free…

On an island lush and green
Is where young Rosie last was seen
She lived in paradise, some say
Was merry until her last day

She wanted freedom, thought she'd find it sailing out to sea
But never knew her heart's true place 'til she was truly free

Hey ho, the wind doth blow
It fills our sails with song
And with every new day, we will find our own way
As the winds they guide us on

Haul to, the wind blows through
Across her island home
And it's on this new day she has found her own way
Her heart don't need to roam

Hey ho, the wind doth blow
It fills our sails with song
And with every new day, we will find our own way
As the winds they guide us on!
Track Name: Death from the Deep
Many years ago while sailing stormy seas
The waves they lashed against our sides, no control had we
Hoisting the mainsail we tried to set course
But it was to no avail
Over and over the bow was spun round
Helplessly driving us into unknown seas

The sky grew blacker and blacker
The waves towered fifty feet tall
Where we were headed to we did not know
Into the storm!

I've heard tell of a legend
In waters around these parts
All sailors beware!
Evil lurks in the depths below!

Death from the deep!
A mighty beast beneath the waves
Laying waste to any crew who dare to cross its path
Death from the deep!
No soul will make it through the night
Heed my warning never to sail in those forbidden seas!

Lightning crashes around us
Waves pummel the decks mercilessly
Where we were headed to we did not know
Into the storm!

I see a shadow on the water
Something giant lurks deep below
A great rumble shudders the ship
Chilling the crew to the bones!

Death from the deep!
A mighty beast beneath the waves
Laying waste to any crew who dare to cross its path
Death from the deep!
No soul will make it through the night
Heed my warning never to sail in those forbidden seas!

Ready the cannons, prepare for attack!
Panic breaks out all over the deck!
All sailors prepare to fight for your lives!
We now lie in wait, not knowing our fate…

“Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abyssal sea,
Her ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About her shadowy sides; above her swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath she lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in her sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring she shall rise and on the surface die”
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson - “The Kraken”

A great tremor from under the water
An earth-shattering roar splits the air
As tentacles as long as sixteen men
Ascend from the depths all around!

The ghostly remains of our ship
Are dragged by the beast down below
Timbers shatter and masts are crushed
As we're dragged to a watery grave…

I gasp for breath as I surface from the depths
Survived by a miracle, I had another chance
A plank of wood from the wreckage floats by
I hold on with all of my might
Surveying the sea for other spared souls
Nothing but stormy waters all around…

No one else made it through
A hundred good men sent down to the depths
Nothing remains but the black ocean
As I'm swept away into the darkness…

And now alone I travel the world
Telling my tale wherever I go
To chill the bones of all who hear
So they never dare venture to those forbidden seas…

Death from the deep!
A mighty beast beneath the waves
Laying waste to any crew who dare to cross its path
Death from the deep!
No soul will make it through the night
Heed my warning never to sail in those forbidden seas!