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Pirates of old valued and appreciated music, so much so they would force musicians to join their crews. It may not have been cultured music, but 'twas usually something they could sing or dance to. There are many accounts by pirate victims describing music and a loud din from the attacking pirate ship which would put a fear into the victims. It was called "vapouring". Fiddlers, bagpipers, drummers, trumpeters, oboists (hautboyists), and many others were aboard pirate ships. And of course, pirates, and sailors in general, loved to sing.

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BLOW BOYS BLOW - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282361 3:12 Very Slow 42   


THE DREADNAUGHT - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A ship song. Gina thinks this song is long and insists that it makes her butt look big. She also thinks the held note near the end of the piece is pretentious but we know she could have held it longer. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260850 2:34 Med Slow 92   


ALL FOR ME GROG - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Spirited pirate jaunty celebrating the good times, mixed vocals and folk instruments, perfect drinking song, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258509 2:55 Medium 129   


PIRATE'S LAMENT - (by Suzannah Doyle)  Year: 2008
Suzannah Doyle Music for pirates who lose their Prozac and feel wistful and sad (feeling low on the high seas. Celtic harp, Tin Whistle, hammer dulcimer, Accordion, string Bass. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
313116 2:35 Med Slow 98   


A ROVIN' - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Dreaming of that girl in a foreign port! What we did, what we'll do - if she'll let me! Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260581 2:27 Med Slow 102   


TO IRELAND - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282353 3:08 Med Slow 87   


FIRE MARENGO - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282362 1:50 Slow 79   


CELTICS VIOLIN - (by Carlos Estella)  Year: 2012
Carlos Estella Vibrant, heroic, like pirate's of the caribbean music. Wild, vivid, sweet and sublim violin in a mellow and dreamy track for films or tv. A beautiful ambient-esque traditional Irish, Gaelic and Schotish celtic melody played on violin with strings, frech horns and male medieval choirs with hard perc, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Epic Choir) - Folk, Pirate Songs  
560648 2:12 Medium 108   
Full Track - Action, Intense Tribal  
560777 1:29 Medium 110   


HIGH BARBAREE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Rollicking sea battle between a frigate and a pirate ship - includes excellent vocal harmonies with battle and sea sounds, A Capella, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260841 3:06 Medium 118   


WINDS OF TIME - (by Mark S. Crocker)  Year: 2013
Mark S. Crocker A sweet sounding flute choir introduces this track that continues to build into a nice instrumental with Celtic & Gaelic influence; Use in flyovers of landmarks & vistas, scenes with Medieval Knights, regality, or pirates; Great theme music for dramatic show, nature docs, & Travel channel flyovers. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs  
614454 3:52 Medium 106   


GOLDEN VANITY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282364 2:20 Med Fast 136   


HEALTH TO THE COMPANY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main This is a traditional Irish/Scottish parting song. It is also sung in the Canadian Maritimes. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260043 3:01 Medium 122   


CAPTAIN KIDD - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Rousing bouncy pirate tale of a pirate captain with male vocal and backing chorus, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258512 3:16 Med Slow 102   


PIRATE'S FANCY - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen A lusty playful pirate sea shanty with folk instruments and male vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259117 2:44 Medium 120   


PENSACOLA GIRL - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Fast rousing piraty shanty with folk instruments and mixed vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259119 2:15 Medium 118   


FRIGGIN' IN THE RIGGIN' - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Fast rousing and raunchy pirate shanty, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259122 2:12 Med Slow 93   


BLOW LIZA BLOW - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282357 3:54 Med Slow 90   


PUMP SHANTY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1985
Bounding Main Filled with double-entendres the song is fun on all levels, and the rhythm gives you a feeling for the nature of the work aboard a tall ship. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260576 2:36 Medium 106   


TOSS & ROLL - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282359 3:18 Mixed 74   


BELLBOTTOM TROUSERS - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen A jaunty and playful pirate shanty with male vocal and mixed chorus and folk instruments, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258513 3:50 Medium 123   


SAILOR'S PRAYER - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1978
Bounding Main This is a ballad of strength and unity with a marvelous chorus. We really enjoyed this arrangement and we hope you do, too! Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260579 3:02 Med Slow 81   


HAUL AWAY JOE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A tack and sheet shanty. That’s right, a tack and sheet shanty. Say that fast a few times (Bounding Main is not responsible for the filth that may pour from your lips while saying “a tack and sheet shanty”). A Capella, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260842 1:59 Medium 111   


RANDY DANDY O - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main This is a capstan shanty. You can really hear the crew working and complaining on this song. Dean leads us kicking and screaming into this one but it all works out in the end. Mostly. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260854 3:14 Med Fast 145   


IN OLDEN DAYS - (by E.D. Kennaway)  Year: 1994
E.D. Kennaway A lighthearted, lilting theme, for small ensemble, suggesting costume drama, pirates, Elizabethan times, history or ancient folk music. Rollicking kids adventure tale, frolicking in the park, picking flowers, flying kites, a play date for your adorable kid. Joyful happy music, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Folk, Pirate Songs
268921 0:48 Medium 107   


NORTHWEST PASSAGE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1985
Bounding Main An explorer song. Ahhh…exploring. Something that we do every time we get into a car and try to get to a gig. This is a beautiful piece about explorers trying to find the Northwest Passage to the Orient, or philosophically, the answer to one's life journey. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260846 5:11 Med Fast 138   


PASS THE MUG - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282363 3:03 Medium 120   


TURTLE'S EYE - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Playful pirate shanty with traditional folk instruments and mixed vocals. Excellent drinking song. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259126 3:26 Medium 119   


ALL FOR ME GROG - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A drinkin’ song and a church song. Well ok, it’s only a church song at the end but we do what we can. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260853 3:19 Med Fast 139   


SOUTH AUSTRALIA - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282352 1:55 Medium 115   


SEA DANCE - (by David Flavin/Roland Rudzitis)  Year: 2008
David Flavin/Roland Rudzitis Beautiful dance-like track in 6/8 time. Could depict a lite sea dance on the waves by a group of mermaids. Fun, enchanted and possibly for animation. Pirate chanty that is light-hearted. Super news theme song, news energizing. Inspiring light and lively. Flying sailing, road trip, travel, vacation, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
436670 2:06 Very Fast 176   


OLD MAUI - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Another manly tune sung by David Yondorf. His amazing voice propels you along on this journey between icy north waters and the bliss of the tropics. Jon's arrangements for the accompaniment are very beautiful. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260580 2:52 Slow 79   


LEAVE HER JOHNNIE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Leave Her, Johnnie is homeward-bound shanty and is normally sung by the men preparatory to landing. It is an opportunity for the crew to complain about the officers, the food, the ship, the pay and fellow sailors. We arranged Leave Her, Johnnie to be the voice of the women waiting for their men. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260585 4:13 Very Slow 42   


BLOW THE WIND SOUTHERLY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1850
Bounding Main This is an amazingly sweet tune that our girls have down to a science of harmony. Maggie's heartfelt performance speaks for the wives of the men who work at sea. Gina and Christie's beautiful accompaniment makes this song a treasure. It is not to be missed. Female Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260582 1:56 Med Fast 135   


BULLY IN THE ALLEY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A love song, sort of. Roughly translated it’s a song about a boy and a girl and someone being blind drunk and stumblin’ in an alley. We do that too but without the alcohol. We just like being in blind alleys. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260845 2:24 Med Slow 85   


OLD DUN COW - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282356 2:37 Medium 111   


WALKING THE PLANK - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Melancholic yet sinister pirate shanty with folk instruments and rousing pirate male vocals and rich female backing vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259123 2:56 Medium 108   


THERE BE PIRATES - (by Colin Willsher)  Year: 2006
Colin Willsher There Be Pirates - A swashbuckling orchestral theme in 7/4 time. Sounds like a cue from 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec (24 sec) - Folk, Pirate Songs
255902 0:25 Fast 165   


LITTLE BOY BILLIE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A few of the boys die song. Tragedy? We think not. In fact, they get what’s coming to ‘em. Adventure and cannibalism on the high seas! Male Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260847 3:13 Fast 168   


BOWHEAD WHALE - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Melancholy pirate lament about the evil ocean - calm and tranquil sea ballad with male vocal and folk instruments, Male Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258511 4:23 Slow 77   


HARMONIUM - LONG WALK ALONG THE PIER - GAS MIX - (by Blazznet Productions)  Year: 1997
Blazznet Productions A traditional Harmonium player plays a traditional shanty song. The images of a seafront pier a rainy day out at the english seaside with seagulls flying and candy floss on sale. The end is held long on purpose to allow you to edit it for your own fade out requirements. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (long spinning mix) - Folk, Pirate Songs  
375851 1:59 Fast 150   
Bed (short mix) - European, England
375848 0:37 Med Fast 130   


PIRATES RISING LOUD - (by Abeats)  Year: 2014
Abeats The pirates are happy, chanting and dancing cause they found their gold, they killed their enemies, they destroyed the british navy, the captain died. It is a hughe scene with a hell of pirates. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs  
701203 1:08 Med Fast 135   


PIRATE'S LAMENT - (by David Phillips)  Year: 2015
David Phillips This low-key, wistful track featuring tin whistle, harp and strings, would work well with any kind of pirate adventure, children's production, action adventure tales, nature/ travel videos or cartoons. Ideal for historical dramas/ documentaries and fantasy settings. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
767483 1:41 Med Slow 102   


THE COLLEGE HORNPIPE - (by A-P-M Productions)  Year: 2015
A-P-M Productions This famous hornpipe tune was originally written in the 18th century. The accompanying dance imitates the life of a sailor and their duties aboard ship. It has been used regularly in cartoons and comedy films. This arrangement starts with a solo recorder, and gradually builds in speed and intensity. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
737170 2:21 Medium 116   


SAILORS AND PIRATES - (by Ben Harris)  Year: 2005
Ben Harris A Guitar, Tambourine, and Flute playing an old melody (public domain) on a pirate or sailing ship. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Folk, Pirate Songs
372766 0:40 Medium 108   


THE MERMAID - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1870
Bounding Main This is another favorite around the Renaissance Faire crowd. It has an audience participation piece in the chorus for "Ocean Waves Do Roll" and "Stormy Winds Do Blow." Let the Bounding Mainiacs, our stalwart fans, show you how! Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260583 4:28 Med Fast 133   


HERZOGIN CECILE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1985
Bounding Main This is a ship song. The ship sinks. We love it when that happens! We had a hard time keeping to the traditional sea-faring style of music that this piece deserves. Christie’s lyrical storytelling about the ship makes us all want to snap our fingers, turn the lights down low, and do a little jazz. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260844 2:44 Very Slow 51   


MINGULAY BOAT SONG - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1938
Bounding Main A powerfully emotional sea song. Husbands and wives calling to each other over the waves, the men coming home. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260575 3:27 Medium 107   


FAREWEEL TAE TARWATHIE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Music director Jon Krivitzky's fantasia on Fareweel tae Tarwathie. We lovingly dedicate this song to the memory of our good friend Dave Zielinski. Fair winds and following seas, friend. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282365 4:20 Med Slow 98   


COME ABOARD - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen A hearty pirate waltz perfect for hard drinking after a long day of plundering and pillaging. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258508 4:10 Medium 123   


THE CHALLENGE - (by David Flavin/Roland Rudzitis)  Year: 2008
David Flavin/Roland Rudzitis Orchestral Music from the era of the Roman Empire. Big brass and percussion. Gladiators going to the ring. Chariots going in to battle. Dancers dancing at a feast before the battle. Charioteers marching into war with a maiden farewell. Pirates facing war and a dance to send then off. Building to end, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
436682 2:43 Medium 112   

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KEYWORDS: pirate songs, pirate music, shantey songs, pirate shanties
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