Chanteys for Modern Pirates
Well, it were only a matter o' time ...
... b'fore folks'd be singin' like pirates, too!
Please read the note about music downloads
We're honored ... an' humbled ... an' all misty-eyed like, that the first song sent our way is from none other than Tom Smith, one o' the world's great filkers. Says Tom: "The melody's original, but you can hum it to almost any 3/4 pirate song, especially Steve Goodman's "Lincoln Park Pirates"."
We got this within 24 hours of TLAPD 2003. Now we know why they call him the World's Fastest Filker.
The perfect pirate party soundtrack:
The Theme Show, a music podcast by ishtarandromeda, has resurrected its classic 2006 Talk Like A Pirate Day show, leadin' off with Tom Smith's anthem and rockin' through two dozen pirate classics.
And one for the wee pirates, too!
Previous years, still prime:
Be a Pirate
From the Sydney, Australia duo Mind Over Matter, an infectious new pirate song with a catchy hiphop sensibility (and adult lyrics - parents be warned). Team Pirate likes this one a lot (the Webwench has it in constant rotation on her playlist).
Blow Me Down
A classic, from the FunnyMusic Project: Blow Me Down, by (The Dread Pirate) Robert Lund (audio only)
Gumbo Stu and the Fake McCoys chime in with "Throw 'Em To the Sharks":
We also love Rob Kemppainen's musical take on an old, old pirate joke:
A great song by songwriter Matthew Moore
This tarrrrrrriffic pirate song was written by Richard Marcus and Johnny Caruso on spec for a never-produced sequel to Disney's Aladdin, and has been sittin' in their treasure chest ever since. Then Marcus read about Talk Like A Pirate Day, and decided to release it into the wild for our fans. (Note: We've had several requests for permission to use the song in various places. Sorry, but we don't hold the rights, and we don't have current contact information for Richard Marcus.)
Another quarter heard from:
The Great Luke Ski
Sept. 19th, '06 brought a missive from The Great Luke Ski, comedy musician and most-requested artist of the 21st century on the Dr. Demento Show. (Luke is also one o' the background vocalists on Tom Smith's TLAPD Anthem, above).
He wanted to let us know about "You Don't Know Jack," an "original rock sea shanty" tribute to Captain Jack Sparrow, which he wrote earlier in 2006 and which stayed on Dr. Demento's top 5 countdown for 9 weeks straight.
Visit Luke's Web site for a sample of the song (and a cool fan-produced video), or to order his new DVD, "The Ego Has Landed," which comes with a three-song bonus CDR including "You Don't Know Jack.
You can also hear the complete song by crankin' up the Dr. Demento archives at http://drdemento.net/online.html - the song made its debut on June 11th, 2006.
Adds Luke, in appropriately self-promotional pirate style" If you or any of your piratical followers like it, it would mean a lot to this salty sea dog if you would let Dr. Demento know that you'd like him to play it again, by requestin' "You Don't Know Jack".
More tunes our fans have offered fer the occasion. Some are available here as downloads, some only as lyrics, and some links will send ye to the composer's Web site. Please see the note about music downloads!:
Downloadable from this site:
Available elsewhere, and recommended by our fans
(See our links page for many, many more pirate performers & songs)
Help keep our bandwidth costs down: Instead of clicking on the links to listen to the songs on line, download them to yer own computer and ye can listen to 'em again and again!
To download, just right click (if yer a PC user) or click and hold (fer those o' the Mac persuasion) on the link, then choose "save as" or "save link target as" or whatever yer browser o' choice calls it to save the music file fer posterity.
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