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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (soundtrack)

* Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is the soundtrack for the Disney movie of the same title, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It is composed by Hans Zimmer.

Circuit City's initial retail shipments of the album included a free movie poster at checkout, with a minimum ten per store. Best Buy had an exclusive ringtone code, rather than extra tracks as in the previous soundtrack.

The soundtrack debuted at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 35,000 copies in its first week. As of July 11, 2007, the album has sold 118,919 copies in the US.

Track listing

# Track Name Musical Description Length
1. Hoist the Colours Hoist The Colours, "main theme" of At World's End, in addition to representing the pirates and their ideology for freedom, tells the story of how Calypso was imprisoned in a human body by the Pirate King. In its opening rendition, it is sung by a young boy and eventually by a larger chorus. A lengthy suite arrangement of the theme also makes up the end credits in the film, which is not featured on the soundtrack. 1:31
2. Singapore Singapore serves as both the theme for Singapore and for Sao Feng, played by varying Asian instruments to represent the intended motif. The middle portion of this track is the first variation of the new Cutler Beckett and the East India Trading Company theme, used for the opening battle sequence in the Singapore bathhouse. At the very end, we hear the Jack Sparrow heroic arrival theme for the third film, just like in the previous two movies; in the film, however, this cue doesn't actually play until later, when we finally see Sparrow again in the Locker. 3:40
3. At Wit's End At Wit's End is the first appearance of the second main theme of the movie, commonly referred to as the "love theme." (Zimmer himself stated that, even though this is popularly considered a "love theme," it is in fact "a theme for the whole movie," as inspired by traditional swashbuckling scores.) The cue is largely devoted to the crew's journey to world's end, from the frozen sea, the starry-night ocean, and finally, over the massive waterfall. An explosive rendition of Davy Jones' theme is also used from the point in the movie when the Flying Dutchman emerges from the sea and wipes out the pirate fleet. 8:05
4. Multiple Jacks Multiple Jacks is an electronic version of the Jack Sparrow theme that was first featured in Dead Man's Chest. Here, Jack is stranded in Davy Jones' Locker, desperately trying to find a way out. Includes the use of a mouth harp. 3:51
5. Up is Down Up is Down is an uplifting variation of the love theme, featured when the Black Pearl is being tipped upside down to return to the world of the living. (Timewise, this track should have come after the following track, "I See Dead People In Boats," as chronological events dictate.) 2:42
6. I See Dead People in Boats I See Dead People in Boats is a suite of cues from various points in the movie. It is most prominently featured when the Black Pearl observes the souls of the dead who are journeying to the other side - and Elizabeth discovers that her father is among the travelers. The last third of this track is devoted to the sequence later in the film when Norrington is helping Elizabeth and her Singapore crew escape from the Flying Dutchman back to The Empress. 7:09
7. The Brethren Court The Brethren Court starts off with a flagrant use of the Dead Man's Chest Jack Sparrow theme (purported to represent the character of Captain Teague Sparrow, Jack's alleged father), which is then followed by variations of the Hoist the Colours theme for the meeting of the pirate lords. 2:21
8. Parlay Parlay, a homage to Ennio Morricone's Man with a Harmonica theme, is used during the parlay scene. Jack, Elizabeth and Barbossa go to meet Beckett, Jones and Will Turner, who attempts final negotiations before war. Astute listeners will note that the driving melodies of this particular piece are that of Beckett's theme and the new love theme. 2:10
9. Calypso Calypso borrows heavily from Tia Dalma's theme from Dead Man's Chest, as she and Calypso are one and the same. With the nine pieces of eight in hand, Barbossa and the crew release the sea goddess from her human form, only to have her respond in a less than preferable fashion. 3:02
10. What Shall We Die For What Shall We Die For is a powerful variation of Hoist the Colours, where Elizabeth gives her war-rally speech before the final battle between the pirates of the Brethren Court and the East India Trading Company forces begin. In the film, there are no vocals in the track. 2:02
11. I Don't Think Now is the Best Time I Don't' Think Now is the Best Time is the film's major action piece, devoted entirely to the climatic final battle between the pirates and the EITC. As Zimmer himself had confirmed, the first half of this track is actually the final part of the massive battle, when the Flying Dutchman returns from being sucked into the maelstrom to the destruction of The Endeavour; the second half serves as the middle portion of the battle, where the battle for the Dead Man's Chest and the wedding ceremony ensues. Here, many themes from all three movies can be heard, from Davy Jones, the EITC, Jack's action theme from Dead Man's Chest, Hoist the Colours, the new love theme, and, He's A Pirate. In the film, the last part of this track begins with the Jack Sparrow theme as Davy Jones, having acquired the key to the Chest, finds Jack attempting to escape with it. It continues as the crew of the two ships swing across the maelstrom and Will and Elizabeth are wed. As we see Jones and Sparrow fighting again, the cue cuts short and leads into a new film-only cue, before cutting back when Elizabeth arrives on the Dutchman. 10:45
12. One Day One Day is the aftermath of the battle, where the pirates have won over the East India Trading Company, and are celebrating their hard-earned victory. Here, Jack's heroic arrival theme (which is also the heroic version of "Moonlight Serenade" in "Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl")is heard in full force, before segueing into the love theme. It is here Will and Elizabeth share a heartfelt and romantic farewell, before Will begins his ten-year tour of duty at sea. 4:01
13. Drink Up Me Hearties Drink Up Me Hearties - Barbossa and the rest of the crew commandeer the Black Pearl in search for the Fountain of Youth, leaving Jack and Gibbs stranded on the ports of Tortuga. Here, the cue finds the tables being turned on Barbossa, as Jack had already cut out the essential charts that leads to the treasure. Jack's heroic arrival theme is used for the final time as he sets out to sea, which leads into the end credits and He's A Pirate. Another rendition of the love theme serves as the last minutes of the soundtrack. 4:31

Soundtrack Production

Composer Hans Zimmer estimated that he composed "over five hours of music" because he thought that it might be "a nice idea to throw out everything and start from scratch."


  • Music composed by Hans Zimmer
  • Score produced by: Hans Zimmer, Bob Badami & Melissa Muik
  • Executive Soundtrack Album Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer & Gore Verbinski
  • Executive in Charge of Music and Soundtracks for Walt Disney Pictures and the Buena Vista Music Group: Mitchell Leib
  • Music Supervisor: Bob Badami
  • Executive in Charge of Music Production for the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group: Monica Zierhut
  • Music Creative/Marketing for the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group: Glen Lajeski
  • Music Business and Legal Affairs: Scott Holtzman and Sylvia Krask
  • Director of Soundtracks for the Buena Vista Music Group: Desiree Craig-Ramos
  • Supervising Technical Music Coordinator: Thomas Broderick
  • Additional Music by: Lorne Balfe, Tom Gire, Nick Glennie-Smith, Henry Jackman, Atli Orvarsson, John Sponsler, Geoff Zanelli
  • Supervising Music Editor: Melissa Muik
  • Music Editors: Katie Greathouse, Barbara McDermott
  • Supervising Orchestrator: Bruce Fowler
  • Orchestrators: Walt Fowler, Elizabeth Finch, Ken Kugler, Suzette Moriary, Steve Bartek
  • Music Preparation: Booker White
  • Score Recorded by: Alan Meyerson, Slamm Andres
  • Album Mixed by: Alan Meyerson, Big Al Clay
  • Additional Recording by: Jeff Biggers, Big Al Clay, Greg Vines, Matt Ward
  • Featured Musicians:
  • Featured Vocalist: Delores Clay
  • Principal Musicians:
  • Orchestra Conducted by: Blake Neely, Nick Glennie-Smith
  • Featured Musician Soloists Co-Produced by: Jimmy Levine, Nick Glennie-Smith
  • Orchestra Contractors: Sandy DeCrescent, Peter Rotter
  • Technical Music Assistants: Pete Oso Snell, Kevin Globerman, Jacob Shea, Bobby Tahouri, Dan Zimmerman
  • Digital Instrument Design by: Mark Wherry
  • Production Coordinator for Hans Zimmer: Andrew Zack
  • Sample Development: Claudius Bruese
  • Sample Development Assistants: Zain Effendi, Mark McCormick
  • Score Recorded at:
    • Todd AO Scoring Stage, Studio City, CA
    • Fox Scoring Stage, Century City, CA
    • Sony Scoring Stage, Culver City, CA
  • Choir Recorded by: Geoff Foster
  • Choir Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
  • Choir Master: Jenny O'Grady
  • Choir: Metro Voices
  • Soprano: Hila Plitmann
  • Choir Conducted by: Matthew Dunkel
  • UK Music Preparation: Jill Streater
  • UK Music Coordinator: Nyree Pinder
  • Choir Recorded at: Air Lyndhurst Studios, London and Abbey Road Studios, London
  • Score Mixed at: Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, CA
  • Music Production Services: Steven Kofsky
  • Studio Coordinator: Czarina Russell
  • Music Production Intern: Seth Glennie-Smith
  • Scoring Stage Crew: Chris Barrett, Alison Burton, Bryan Clementes, Andrew Dudman, Mark Eshelman, Dominic Gonzales, Tom Hardisty, Sam Jones, Tim Lauber, Adam Michalak, Francesco Perlangelli, Denis St. Amand, Jay Selvester, Tom Steel, Chelley Sydow
  • Mastered by: Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Manstering, Hollywood CA
  • Creative Direction: Steve Gerdes
  • Album Design: Sean Tejaratchi
  • "Hoist the Colours"
    • Cabin Boy Vocals by Brendyn Bell
    • Singing Gallows Pirates: Chris Allport, Lawrence Cummings, Jim Raycroft, Robert Hovencamp, Geoffrey Alch, Ned Werimer, Samuela Beasom, Jessica-Elisabeth
    • Lyrics by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
    • Music by Hans Zimmer and Gore Verbinski

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