DrNoPuma on Apr 10th 2018 at 6:38:21 PM
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DrNoPuma on Apr 16th 2018 at 6:54:16 PM
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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.
- Peter Pan has Captain Hook's crew sing "A Pirate's Life for Me", about how they love living as freebooters and criminals.
- 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.
- Redwall: In Triss, Captain Plugg Firetail's crew sings three songs, "That's The Freebootin' Way", "'Tis Nice To Be A Villain" and "Plunder, By Thunder", about how they enjoy being marauders.
- 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.
- 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,
- 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.
- The Pirates of Penzance has the Pirate King sing a self-titled song about how great it is being a pirate.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag lets your crew sing various sea shanties while sailing. There are also collectible song lyrics scattered about that unlock more songs.
- The Curse of Monkey Island has three pirates sing a swinging tune called "A Pirate I Was Meant to Be", which is about how they're sure they can help Guybrush because they're great pirates. Guybrush wants them to stop because the song is going on too long, but the pirates find rhymes for all his protests and continue singing, until he tricks them by mentioning an orange.
- Freddi Fish: The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds has a more downplayed, silly example. The pirate fish Fineas sings a song about how he likes to say "Argh!"
- 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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