When they're asking which ones have to die.
And there you'll hear me saying: ALL OF THEM.
And then, when the head falls, I'll say: HOPPLA.
And the ship with eight sails
And with fifty cannons
Disappears with me.
The song or the poem have been used or referenced in the following works:Comic Books
- In Watchmen, the plot is occasionally interrupted to show chapters from the pirate comic "The Black Freighter". Moore has said that the Jenny-story is meant to mirror both Rorschach's estrangement from humanity and Jon "marooning himself" on Mars, and most of all, Ozymandias' destruction of New York.
- The song is played during the credits of the animated adaptation of Tales of the Black Freighter.
- In Alan Moore's later League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910, the story is re-told starring Janni Nemo as "Jenny Diver".
- Anarchy Comics once ran an illustrated version of the poem. Hilariously, the author apparently didn't have access to a text version, and transcribed it by ear. It contains more mistakes than accurate lines.
- Lars von Trier's Dogville is based entirely on the Pirate Jenny. The main character, Grace, even quotes the song directly at one point ("Nobody gonna sleep here tonight") and is shocked when she realizes what she is saying. The narrator notes that she wonders where such words would come from.
- Bob Dylan's "When The Ship Comes In" is based on the song, as is "The Times They Are A-Changin" (though less obviously so).
- Nina Simone transformed the story into a protest song against racism - and her version is spine-chilling.
- "Geni e o Zepelim" by Chico Buarque tells the story of Geni, a young prostitute, who is despised by the populace. Her town is attacked by a zeppelin due to its wickedness. The Zeppelin's captain is charmed by Geni, though, and decides to spare the city if he could sleep with her. All the people beg for her to do that, telling her she would redeem them. She accepts, and has a terrible night with the commander. Even though she saves the town, as soon as the zeppelin leaves, the cityfolk resume their loathing for Geni.
- Swiss industrial band The Young Gods covered it on their album Play Kurt Weill, sung by an obviously male singer.
- The Mountain Goats song "Jenny" is a fairly obvious reference to Pirate Jenny.