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What the hell is "libery"

Sam Akuchin Wamm

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There's an old song about pirates fighting the East India Company and one line reads "liberty, livery, libery" and have no idea what libery is.

The nearest thing i could find was somewhere that said it meant to "clean out" as if sweeping the dust from the floors out of the door with a broom.

Anybody actually know what this word means?

if it helps it's pronounced "lie berry" in the song.
 

Sam Akuchin Wamm

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Do you have the original title of the song and its date of release?
well i've no idea when the song was originally written but it was part of a collection of sea shanties that was compiled in Victorian times (1880's maybe) and basically the song title is along the lines of "screw the british" but in more colorful words. i think you can probably guess the title from that without any help. the book says it was overheard from a bunch of cornish fishermen in a bar and when the writer asked how old the song was they just said "i guess it's from when the british were in east india" but that was only a guess given the lyrics.

sorry, i'm not good at british history, i'm an immigrant.
 

Fallowfox

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I cannot find any mention of 'libery' or any mention of the original song by this name;
I just find Irish protest music and none of it features the themes you mentioned.
 
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