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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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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   


TRUMPET HORNPIPE (MAIN MIX) - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2015
Alec Makinson Jolly, uplifting and rousing traditional sailors sea shanty. Often associated with pirates and the children's TV cartoon 'Captain Pugwash'. This tune is also known as the 'Thunder Hornpipe'. Perfect for TV & radio commercials for swashbuckling pirates and marine related events. Played on accordions, Instrumental, Folk, Sea Shanties
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (main mix) - Folk, Sea Shanties
706592 1:22 Med Fast 144   
30sec (30sec commercial) - Folk, Pirate Songs
706603 0:30 Med Fast 144   


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   


IRISH LOVE - (by Mark S. Crocker)  Year: 2012
Mark S. Crocker Perfect Gaelic style track for flyovers of Irish landmarks & vistas; scenes with Medieval Knights, regality, & pirates; theme music for TV drama; Travel channel flyovers; nature films and docs; spa & easy listening music; Beautiful lead in soundtrack for a film taking place in Ireland or Scotland, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs  
608425 2:25 Medium 109   


YOHO-HO PIRATE THEME! - (by James Mulvale)  Year: 2011
James Mulvale Yarr! Welcome aboard, me hearties. This little sea shanty screams FUN so would fit perfectly in any nautical setting with or without pirates - but always more fun WITH. Where's the rum gone? Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
504983 1:32 Med Slow 85   


PIRATES N' RUM - 30 SEC. A - (by Kevin M. Baumgard)  Year: 2011
Kevin M. Baumgard Foot stomping, raucous, rum drenched pirate shanty. Features acoustic guitars, drums, bass, accordion and fiddle. Great for drinking pirate scenes, making trouble. Would also work well in Irish pub scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Folk, Pirate Songs
480316 0:35 Medium 119   


PIRATES N' RUM - NO MELODY - (by Kevin M. Baumgard)  Year: 2011
Kevin M. Baumgard Foot stomping, raucous, rum drenched pirate shanty. Features acoustic guitars, drums and bass. Great for drinking pirate scenes, making trouble. Would also work well in Irish pub scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Variation - Folk, Pirate Songs
480315 1:40 Medium 120   


PIRATES N' RUM - (by Kevin M. Baumgard)  Year: 2011
Kevin M. Baumgard Foot stomping, raucous, rum drenched pirate shanty. Features acoustic guitars, drums, bass, accordion and fiddle. Great for drinking pirate scenes, making trouble. Would also work well in Irish pub scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
480314 1:40 Medium 120   
30sec - Action, Theme Pirates
475361 0:35 Medium 119   
Variation - Action, Theme Pirates
475211 1:40 Medium 120   


PIRATE ISLAND - (by TJ Kross)  Year: 2011
TJ Kross A pirate tavern at port as the pirates sit down and have a drink and talk of their times on the high seas. A folksy tavern feel, with tin whistle, bass, a few woodwinds and drums. It has a nice good day shanty feel to it. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
473020 1:15 Medium 120   


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   


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   


ACT LIKE A PIRATE - (by CinE-Music Studios)  Year: 2008
CinE-Music Studios Soft (and slightly drunken) pirate music. You can't resist, mate. You bes' start belivin' in Pirate music.. your listenin' to one! Lighthearted, fun, whimsical. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
320152 2:00 Med Slow 98   


LITTLE FISH (VARIATION 1) - (by Annie McGee)  Year: 2009
Annie McGee traditional childrens sea shanty waltz time accordian, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
342753 1:44 Med Slow   


DRUNKEN SAILOR - (by Suzannah Doyle)  Year: 2008
Suzannah Doyle Tin Whistle, guitar, and accordion version of this classical Pirate and sailor sea chantey (originally an Irish tune). Suzannah Doyle Music. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
315495 1:10 Medium 112   


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   


NIGHTWATCH - (by Apocalypse Cow)  Year: 2003
Apocalypse Cow Accordian and Piano Dark German waltz, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
304078 1:49 Medium   


WOLF VS VAMPIRE (LIVE ORCHESTRA, LIVE CHOIR) - (by Pierre Langer)  Year: 2008
Pierre Langer A dark and twisted action fantasy or sci-fi film soundtrack cue, featuring a live orchestra and a live choir. Gloomy and majestic at the same time, the piece depicts a deep conflict, pain and determination. Suitable for explosive film trailer, war or battle footage, combat and conflict. Action, Intense Gothic
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Live orchestra, Live) - Action, Intense Gothic
287959 1:07 Med Fast 138   
30sec (30-secs version) - Dramatic, Regal Orchestral
287955 0:31 Med Fast 137   
Loop (Loop 01) - Dramatic, Regal Orchestral
287957 0:21 Med Fast 139   
15sec (15-secs version) - Folk, Pirate Songs
287954 0:16 Med Fast 138   
Loop (Loop 02) - Military, Battle Action Orchestral
287958 0:21 Med Fast 140   
60sec (60-secs version) - Action, Intense Gothic
287956 1:01 Slow 70   


PIRATE LEGENDS - (by Adam DiTroia)  Year: 2007
Adam DiTroia A swashbuckling adventure on the open seas! Marching snare pulsates under grand and heroic brass and strings. Perfect track for a film trailer! Think Pirates of the Caribbean. Epic and sweeping. Would work well in video games, film, tv, promos, advertising, and more! Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Folk, Pirate Songs
287416 1:00 Med Slow 102   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


OCEAN LINER - (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
282360 3:24 Med Slow 87   


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   


BRISTOL GIRLS - (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
282358 1:58 Medium 118   


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   


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   


JOHNNY COME DOWN TO HILO - (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
282355 2:18 Med Slow 97   


LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL - (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
282354 2:58 Medium 125   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


CADGEWITH ANTHEM - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2004
Bounding Main A “girls blame the guys” song. The ladies are in desperate circumstances, just take a look at with whom they sail, and they are forced to turn to a life of crime. They only steal from the audience though, just like Robin Hood. Kinda. Maybe. Female Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260852 1:56 Mixed 74   


CAPE COD GIRLS - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A capstan or pump shanty, also known to us as a “shanty-shanty”. This one tells you all you would ever need to know about the girls, kids, cats, and shoes that inhabit Cape Cod. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260851 3:18 Medium 128   


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   


IRISH ROVER - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main This traditional Irish Tune is a ship song. And yes, gloriously, it sinks! Not only does it sink, it takes the crew and their mangy, flea-bitten, poop-machine of a dog with them. Boy we miss that dog . . . Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260849 3:24 Medium 126   


A CAPITOL SHIP - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1910
Bounding Main It’s a ship song. But sadly, the ship does not sink. The song does however contain mysterious lyrics that sound like, “on the Gulliby Isles where the pooh-poo smiles and the anagazanders roar.” Spend some time figuring that one out. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260848 2:27 Slow 76   


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   


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   


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   


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   


MARCHING INLAND - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1985
Bounding Main When you're done with the sea life, take a lesson from men of high reknown, A Capella, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260843 2:50 Medium 119   


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   


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   


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   


DERELICT - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1910
Bounding Main Everyone loves pirates, and what better song than Derelict to give an audience all of the expected "Yo-ho-ho's" that they long to hear? David Yondorf's amazing voice carries all of us through this piece. Heather Lewin's fiddle helps us turn this song into an appropriately spooky piece. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260584 3:32 Fast 167   

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