March 23, 2011 in News

Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)

Here’s a little something I want to share with you. I put this video together for a contest.

This is my ukulele version of “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)”, the theme song for the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. This video was made for the K-Wave contest at Ukulele Underground.

The music was written by George Bruns with lyrics by Xavier Atencio. Its origins are loosely derived from Robert Louis Stevenson’s sea-shanty “Dead Man’s Chest” found in his 1881 novel Treasure Island.

The lyrics and chords I’m playing are thus:

[D]Yo ho, [G]yo ho, a [D]pirate’s [A]life for [D]me.
We [Bm]pillage plunder, we [F#m]rifle and loot.
Drink [Bm]up me ‘earties, yo [F#m]ho.
We [G]kidnap and ravage and [D]don’t give a hoot.
Drink [E]up me ‘earties, yo [A]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.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.

I hope you like it. ARRRRRRRRR!