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.
- Booty and the Beast
- Who Let the Scurvy Dogs Out?
- Me So Hornswaggle
- Doubloon Moon
- Give me your ear and don't make a frown, way, hey blow the man
- 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.