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Pirate Songs

Pirate songs are a way to express the music, melody and events of a pirate's life in days gone past. Back in the day, pirates actually captured musicians and force them to play music aboard the ships. The songs that the pirates loved most were the ones that they could sing and dance to and of course, drink to as well.


In fact, on some pirate ships, pirate songs were played during an impending battle in order to psyche out the crewmembers of the other ship. When pirate songs were played in this fashion, it was called "vapouring" the other side.

Bagpipers, drummers, fiddlers and trumpeters would play pirate songs while approaching another ship in order to instill fear upon the crew and would even play while the battle was taking place. With this kind of precedent set, is it any wonder that the band was playing as the Titanic was sinking?

Because sailing itself was hard and pirates spent much of the time doing hard labor, when there was downtime pirates like to drink rum, play pirate songs, dance and sing. In the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song, the pirates sang, "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me", which is a fictionalized example of what some pirates may have sung after several days at sea.

What are some other pirate songs and pirate music that also may have been rolling off those Caribbean sloops? Below is a list of unverified pirate songs that may have been sung in days of yore.

Pirate Songs

  • Booty and the Beast
  • Who Let the Scurvy Dogs Out?
  • Me So Hornswaggle
  • Doubloon Moon

Pirate Lyrics

  • Give me your ear and don't make a frown, way, hey blow the man down
  • Fifteen men on a dead man's chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of single malt scotch
  • I'm a pirate, baby, so why don't you kill me?

This is only a partial, unverified a simply silly list of pirate songs that may be been played aboard the ships hundreds of years ago. If you have any pirate songs that you'd like to add to our silly little list then send them in for all to enjoy.



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