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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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ROW ME HEARTIES - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Mid-tempo sea shanty, with rousing pirate vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258510 2:11 Med Slow 90   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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 Slow 74   


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   


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   


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   


PAY ME YOU OWE ME - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Jon goes wild on this piece! We had so much fun recording this song, adding voices and percussion to the background. David HB Drake stepped in and gave us a hand with the background rhythm. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260578 2:17 Slow 72   


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   


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   


DRUNKEN SAILORS - (by Colin Willsher)  Year: 2005
Colin Willsher Drunken Sailors - Squeezebox in one hand, rum in the other - Ha-har, me hearties! This be a tipsy, short theme for piratey animations, attractions or pantomime. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
15sec - Folk, Pirate Songs
255671 0:19 Very Fast 180   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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 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   


TAKE UP THE SHEETS - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Bouncy vibrant pirate shanty with folk instruments and hearty pirate vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs  Caution: Mature Lyrics
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259125 2:48 Medium 124   


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   


THREE HORNPIPES - (by Really Free Music)  Year: 2003
Really Free Music Heave Ho! A traditional olde English Sea Shanty featuring banjo, acoustic guitar and squeezebox / concertina / accordion. Excellent collection of traditional tunes that really have that olde world feel. The last tune is a version of the old children's TV show - Captain Pugwash! Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
269150 3:16 Slow 78   


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   


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   


SPERM WHALE AND THE SQUID - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Cautionary tale of warning to would-be pirates, male vocal 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
258514 2:49 Medium 120   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


SPANISH LADIES - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Melancholy 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
259118 3:36 Medium 112   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


FIDDLER'S GREEN - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1968
Bounding Main A soulful, end of the voyage, end of days song written by John Conolly. Dean sings to the concertina accompaniment of our friend David HB Drake. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260577 2:49 Med Slow 101   


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 2:44 Med Fast 145   


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   


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   


NELSON'S BLOOD - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Slow edgy wicked pirate shanty with folk instruments and mixed vocals, starts slow and dark then speeds up to fast and lively intensity, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs  Caution: Mature Lyrics
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259127 3:03 Very Slow   


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   


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   

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