Pirate Song Lyrics

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Blow The Man Down

Come all ye young fellows that follow the sea
To me weigh hey blow the man down
And pray pay attention and listen to me
Give me some time to blow the man down

I’m a deep water sailor just in from Hong Kong
To me weigh hey blow the man down
If you’ll give me some rum I’ll sing you a song
Give me some time to blow the man down

T’was on a Black Baller I first spent my time
To me weigh hey blow the man down
And on that Black Baller I wasted my prime
Give me some time to blow the man down

T’is when a Black Baller’s preparing for sea
To me weigh hey blow the man down
You’d split your sides laughing at the sights that you see
Give me some time to blow the man down

With the tinkers and tailors and soldiers and all
To me weigh hey blow the man down
That ship for prime seamen onboard a Black Ball
Give me some time to blow the man down

T’is when a Black Baller is clear of the land
To me weigh hey blow the man down
Our boatswain then gives us the word of command
Give me some time to blow the man down

Lay aft is the cry to the break of the poop
To me weigh hey blow the man down
Or I’ll help you along with the toe of my boot
Give me some time to blow the man down

T’is larboard and starboard on the deck you will sprawl
To me weigh hey blow the man down
For Kicking Jack Williams commands the Black Ball
Give me some time to blow the man down

Aye first it’s a fist and then it’s a pall
To me weigh hey blow the man down
When you ship as a sailor aboard the Black Ball
Give me some time to blow the man down
Blow the man down blow the man down
Give me some time to blow the man down

A Whale Of A Tale

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
‘Bout the flapping fish and girls I’ve loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale and it’s all true,
I swear by my tattoo
There was Mermaid Minnie
Met her down in Madagascar
She would kiss me
Anytime that I would ask her
Then one evening
Her flame of love blew out
Blow me down and pick me up,
She swapped me for a trout!
Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
‘Bout the flapping fish and girls I’ve loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale and it’s all true,
I swear by my tattoo
There was Typhoon Tessie
Met her on the coast of Java
When we kissed I
Bubbled up like molten lava
Then she gave me
The scare of my young life
Blow me down, and pick me up
She was the captain’s wife!
Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
‘Bout the flapping fish and girls I’ve loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale and it’s all true,
I swear by my tattoo
Then there was Harpoon Hannah
Had a look that spelled out danger
My heart quivered when she whispered,
“I’m there, stranger”
Bought her trinkets
That sailors can’t afford
(Sailors can’t afford)
And when I spent my last red cent
She tossed me overboard!
Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
‘Bout the flapping fish and girls I’ve loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale and it’s all true,

I swear by my tattoo!

Shiver Me Timbers

Shiver my timbers, shiver my sails
Yo ho, heave ho
There are men whose hearts as black as coal
Yo ho, heave ho
And they sailed their ship ‘cross the ocean blue
A bloodthirsty captain and a cutthroat crew.
It’s as dark a tale as was ever told
Of the lust for treasure and the love of gold…
Shiver my timbers, shiver my sides
Yo ho, heave ho
There are hungers as strong as the wind and tides
Yo ho, heave ho
And those buccaneers drowned there sins in rum
The devil himself would have to call them scum!
Every man on board would have killed his mate for a bag of
guineas or a piece of eight, a piece of eight, a piece of eight
Five, six, seven, eight
Hulla wacka, ulla wacka, something not right
Many wicked, icky things gonna happen tonight
Hulla wacka, moola wacka, sailor man, beware
When de money in de ground, there’s murder in the air,
Murder in the air.
One more time now
Shiver my timbers, shiver my bones
Yo ho, heave ho
There are secrets that sleep with old Davy Jones
Yo ho, heave ho
When the mainsail’s set and the anchor’s weighed
There’s no turning back from any course that’s laid
And when greed and villainy sail the sea,
You can bet your boots there’ll be treachery (Laughter)

Shiver my timbers, shiver my sails

Dead men tell no tales!
Yo Ho, Ho! (And A Bottle Of Rum)
Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
The mate was fixed by the bosun’s pike
The bosun brained with a marlinspike
And cookey’s throat was marked belike
It had been gripped by fingers ten;
And there they lay, all good dead men
Like break o’day in a boozing ken.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
Fifteen men of the whole ship’s list
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Dead and be damned and the rest gone whist!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
The skipper lay with his nob in gore
Where the scullion’s axe his cheek had shore
And the scullion he was stabbed times four
And there they lay, and the soggy skies
Dripped down in up-staring eyes
In murk sunset and foul sunrise
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Fifteen men of ’em stiff and stark
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Ten of the crew had the murder mark!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead
Or a yawing hole in a battered head
And the scuppers’ glut with a rotting red
And there they lay, aye, damn my eyes
Looking up at paradise
All souls bound just contrariwise
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Fifteen men of ’em good and true
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Ev’ry man jack could ha’ sailed with Old Pew,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
There was chest on chest of Spanish gold
With a ton of plate in the middle hold
And the cabins riot of stuff untold,
And they lay there that took the plum
With sightless glare and their lips struck dumb
While we shared all by the rule of thumb,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! More was seen through a sternlight screen…
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Chartings undoubt where a woman had been
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
‘Twas a flimsy shift on a bunker cot
With a dirk slit sheer through the bosom spot
And the lace stiff dry in a purplish blot
Oh was she wench or some shudderin’ maid
That dared the knife and took the blade
By God! she had stuff for a plucky jade
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
We wrapped ’em all in a mains’l tight
With twice ten turns of a hawser’s bight
And we heaved ’em over and out of sight,
With a Yo-Heave-Ho! and a fare-you-well
And a sudden plunge in the sullen swell
Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

A Pirates Life

Oh, a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
A-rovin’ over the sea
Give me a career
As a buccaneer
It’s the life of a pirate for me
Oh, the life of a pirate for me Oh, a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
They never bury yer bones
But when it’s all over
A jolly sea rover
Drops in on his friend Davy Jones
Oh, his very good friend Davy Jones

Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.
We pillage plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.
We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.
We kindle and char and in flame and ignite.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we’re really a fright.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.

We’re rascals and scoundrels, we’re villians and knaves.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
We’re devils and black sheep, we’re really bad eggs.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.

We’re beggars and blighters and ne’er do-well cads,
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.