Pirate Song

Pirates can be a jolly bunch, when they're not plundering and pillaging. It's fairly common in fiction to have pirates sing songs while they sail, or often with lyrics about how they enjoy being swashbucklers.

These songs usually take the form of a sea shanty, a type of song that was originally sung by laborers on large merchant ships.

Songs sung by vikings can count too, as long as the songs are about pillaging. After all, both pirates and vikings are seafaring marauders.

Often overlaps with "I Am" Song and Villain Song. See Ghost Song for more amoral beings singing about what they do best (considering the prevalence of Ghost Pirates in fiction, there may be overlap between this trope and Ghost Song as well, somewhere...)

Not to be confused with pirated music.

Examples

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    Film - Animated 
  • Peter Pan has Captain Hook's crew sing "A Pirate's Life", about how they love living as freebooters and criminals.
  • Captain Gutt's sea chanty "Master of the Seas" in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, in which Gutt and his crew try to convince Manny, Sid and Diego to join them.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Long John Silver's Villain Song from Muppet Treasure Island, "Professional Pirate", where he explains a pirate's life to Jim Hawkins.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Yo Ho "(A Pirate's Life For Me)", is the leitmotif of the series.
    • In Dead Man's Chest, the titular song is sung by one of Jack's crew near the start of the film.
    • In At World's End, in the opening, "Hoist the Colors" is sung by several pirates being executed.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In Doctor Who, the pirate themed episode "The Curse of the Black Spot" features a pirate themed remix of "I Am the Doctor" called "All For One".
  • In the LazyTown episode "Rottenbeard", the pirate Rottenbeard — who is actually Robbie Rotten in disguise — takes the children on a fake treasure hunt and sings "You Are A Pirate" with them. The song talks about adventure, the freedom of a pirate and the treasure hunt.

    Music 
  • Alestorm is a pirate-themed Power Metal band that patterns its songs after these, with sea shanty beats and lyrics about the golden age of piracy and warfare. And sometimes sillier things like stealing beer. They have also made Cover Versions of other famous pirate songs, like "We Are a Pirate", "Barrett's Privateers" and "Wolves of the Sea".
  • "The Last Pirate of Saskatchewan" by The Arrogant Worms describes how a down-and-out farmer is lured into piracy in the modern era.
  • "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, a song about vikings:
    We come from the land of the ice and snow,
    From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.
    How soft your fields so green. Can whisper tales of gore.
    Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords.
    Always sweep with threshing oar,
    Our only goal will be the western shore.
    So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins.
    For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
  • Naufragant, named for a book about piratical adventure, previously named themselves Skull and Bones, and had an entire concept album themed after Treasure Island. Youtube user A Pirate's Life has a whole bunch of pirate songs.
  • Tom Smith has two Talk Like A Pirate Day songs. The first being the official holiday anthem, and the second (Hey, it's Can(n)on) having fun with the fact that it happens to be Hermione Granger's birthday.
  • "Pirate" by German rock band Kasalla (pronounced "pee-RAHT-ah" in Colognian dialect). It's a popular song for the Cologne Carnival, but it takes the pirate motif and runs with it.
    Pirate - weld un frei - dreimol Kölle ahoi (Pirates - wild and free - Three times Cologne Ahoy).
    rette sich wä kann, mer läge an (Save yourself if you can, we're landing).
    Pirate - weld un frei - dreimol Kölle ahoi (Pirates - wild and free - Three times Cologne Ahoy).
    un dä Dudekopp op unser Fahn (And the pirate skull on our flag).
    hät en rude Pappnas aan (Is wearing a red cardboard nose).

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     Western Animation 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has a more grim example than most with "LICORICE", sung by Stickybeard and his crew as they tell the story of a pirate named Black John who was cursed after stealing a whole forest of licorice trees, and how Stickybeard and his cabin boy Heinrich unwittingly invoked the wrath of the cursed pirates.
  • Justin Time had the episode "It's a Viking Thing" where vikings sing about what they like to do.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had a Pirate themed episode with the Pooh Pirates opening with the song "Pirates is What We'll Be".
  • PAW Patrol had a pirate song once in "Sea Patrol: Pirate Pups to the Rescue".
  • Phineas and Ferb: Both versions of "Ballad of Badbeard" count, the first one only having the lyrics "Arg, arg, arg, arg, this is the Ballad of Badbeard", and the second being sung by the kids as they're searching for Badbeard's treasure and playing the role of a pirate crew.
  • The South Park episode "Fatbeard" has Cartman trying to regiment a gang of modern day Somalian pirates into cliche treasure hunting rogues through a montage song shanty. It works.
  • Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea has "The Pirate Dance" which is sung every time the Pirates appear in a scene, being in general a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • VeggieTales: The original Pirates Who Don't Do Anything introduce themselves by singing about all the acts of piracy and seamanship they've never done.


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