Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)

"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" (1967) is the theme song for the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. The music was written by George Bruns with lyrics by X Atencio. Its origins are loosely derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's sea-shanty "Dead Man's Chest" found in his 1881 novel Treasure Island.


  • 1967 - Song composed for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction by Bruns and Atencio. (Lyrics as composed by Atencio and Bruns)
  • 1982 - Orange County punk band The Vandals use the song's melody briefly in their song "Pirate's Life", which is about riding the attraction under the influence of LSD
  • 1994 - An instrumental version appears on guitar virtuoso Buckethead's album Giant Robot.
  • 1995 - A version with alternate lyrics was featured in the Beach Party At Walt Disney World video of the Mickey's Fun Songs series.
  • 2003 - The song is featured in the Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. A few bars are sung by young Elizabeth Swann, played by Lucinda Dryzek. An older Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) later sings it with Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) while they are marooned on an island and it is then sung again at the end by Jack Sparrow.
  • 2006 - A version is sung by The Jonas Brothers in DisneyMania 4 though censored with the lyrics "Drink up me hearties" replaced with "Stand up me hearties".
  • 2007 - A few bars of the song are sung again near the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End by Jack Sparrow. A few bars are also sung after the credits by the son of Elizabeth. The instrumentals from the attraction are heard as well in the fade to black after the descent off World's End.
  • [Present] - NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pirate ship in the north endzone of Raymond James Stadium. During football games they will play the song over the loudspeakers and jumbotron, at which time patrons on the ship throw beads and other prizes into the crowd.

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