pirate shanties

28 03 2005

tamnonlinear and i have decided we need to start a collection of cool songs about or at least that make complementary reference to (metaphorical or otherwise) pirates.

**pirates!**

that’s the magic word, right? now everybody’s paying attention?

she started it w/the indigo girls’ “mystery.”
i’m adding a few choice tori tunes… there’s a song called “pirates” on y kant tori read, & there are pirates in “snow cherries from france,” & in the new album’s “jamaica inn” (although i’m not quite sure in that one whose side they’re on)
and of course grey eye glances’ “the pirate song
& nick cave’s “the ship song” (more metaphorical than otherwise?)
& seven nations’ “canadee-i-o” (really, i think they’re just sailors. well. up ’til the point where they want her to walk the plank. then they’re pirates in my book!)…

so what else have ye got?

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29 03 2005
tamnonlinear

Well I wanted to have a poke around Digital Traditions as I’m sure they have some interesting choices, but the site won’t come up for me at the moment. Maybe later.
I did a few other searches instead and found:
The Pirate’s Bride (a little sad)
The Cure did a song called Pirate Ships which doesn’t specifically mention Pirates (just their ships).
I’m afraid that I’m getting too many weird results in googling and I should be abed a while ago.
I’ll see if I can find better, later.

31 03 2005
tamnonlinear

Mudcat is finally back up (and I am bored out of my skull at work), so here’s some of what I found:
Being a Pirate is Fun (till somebody loses an eye). Not actually a pirate positive song, but the words are so good that I had to pass it on.
Still not a pirate song, but again, too good not to share: Pirate Jokes
Here’s a lovely song: The Pirate Song (is this the same as the one above by Grey Eye Glances?)
One by Joni Mitchel: Pirate of Penance (website has annoying blinky things).
One by Michelle Shocked: Ballad Of Patch Eye And Meg

5 04 2005
tyra

no, the pirate song you linked to (says “pirate’s” on the page) is not the same as geg’s “the pirate song.” curiouser and curiouser.
do you know nothing of grey eye glances?
do i have to make you a cd?

29 03 2005
mb_1978

Isn’t there a Jimmy Buffet song out there about a pirate? “A Pirate Looks at 50?”

29 03 2005
mb_1978

Oh wait – that’s a book. Nevermind. I’ll keep looking…

29 03 2005
robotapocalypse

Beastie Boys “Rhymin’ and Stealin'” from Licensed to Ill has a pretty extensive pirate theme.
Thomas Dolby “Europa and the Pirate Twins” from The Golden Age of Wireless barely mentions “pirates” in the context of pining about lost childhood games and playing pirate.

29 03 2005
robotapocalypse

I’ve got more!
Adam Ant’s “Jolly Roger” is about pirates, ‘cuz it’d be silly to waste a title like “Jolly Roger” on a song that’s not about pirates. Also, Adam Ant is the dandy highwayman you’re too scared to mention. He spends his cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention. You should throw your safety overboard and join his insect nation.
The Arrogant Worms’ “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” is about Tractor Jack, a farmer that turns to a life of piracy.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have a song called “Gimme the Life of a Pirate.” It’d be a lot better if the untalented one would just shut up and let her sister shine.

29 03 2005
pictsy

Which one is the talented one?

30 03 2005
robotapocalypse

Ashley has all the talent, at least as The Onion sees it.


Mary-Kate Olsen Is Dragging Ashley Down
By Kathie Kelleher
Television Viewer
Mary-Kate Olsen. I don’t even know where to begin.
Can Mary-Kate really be the incomparable Ashley Olsen’s twin sister? They may have the same genetic code, but Mary-Kate certainly does not have her sister’s prodigious dramatic gifts. For eight years on Full House, the pint-sized duo shared the role of Michelle Tanner. But, despite their identical outward appearance, it was easy to tell which sister was Michelle at any given moment. I cringed whenever Mary-Kate would appear on my TV screen, her clumsy, ham-fisted portrayal of the littlest Tanner devoid of all nuance and depth. And her incompetence was laid all the more bare by her sister’s mastery of the role.
The twins’ post-House work only widened the gap. Over the course of countless children’s sing-along videos, TV movies, and such sitcoms as Two Of A Kind and So Little Time, it’s been made painfully obvious who’s got the chops and who doesn’t. Ashley is George Michael to Mary-Kate’s Andrew Ridgeley. She’s Daryl Hall to her sister’s John Oates.
Yes, it’s clear that Ashley Olsen is the one with the true talent and personality. She is the majestic airship hovering in the sky, while Mary-Kate is the oppressively heavy, rust-encrusted anchor to which that airship is cruelly tethered, preventing it from ascending high into the firmament. Ashley could be another Hepburn, another Streep, if not for the cumbersome ballast that is Mary-Kate.
Examples of Mary-Kate’s incompetence are as abundant as blades of grass. Space limitations force me to restrict my examples, yet the handful I have selected are nevertheless damning:
Mary-Kate lacks charisma. That elusive quality is vital to a performer, yet Mary-Kate is almost completely devoid of it. With her vanilla features and expressionless, fish-eyed gaze, one must wonder why this singularly untalented waif was ever placed before a camera. Case in point: In 1995’s “The Case Of The Sea World Adventure,” from the direct-to-video children’s mystery series The Adventures Of Mary-Kate And Ashley, Mary-Kate delivers such lively and toothsome lines as, “The pearl necklace must be in that bucket of bait… yecch!” with about as much élan as a TV agribusiness reporter delivering the day’s livestock quotes. If she required guidance or inspiration, she need only have turned to Ashley, whose unmasking of the jewel thief was as suspenseful as the climax to any classic 1940s film noir. “Trenchcoat Twins,” indeed.

Continued in the next post, ‘cuz there’s a limit on how many characters a response can have.

30 03 2005
robotapocalypse

Part Two

Mary-Kate’s diction is poor. Another acting skill so vital, yet so utterly lacking in Mary-Kate, is clear enunciation. Her high-pitched, reedy, mealy monotone seems oddly out of place coming from her ponderous maw. Yet, like the call of the shrike, it pierces the eardrums and inspires profound irritation. This paucity of resonance applies to her singing voice, as well, and is readily apparent in the girls’ 1994 recording, “Brother For Sale.” No amount of studio wizardry could conceal the cracks in her off-key, phoned-in “singing.” It was clear she didn’t believe in the song. Meanwhile, Ashley’s hearty vocals and peerless phrasing were reminiscent of a brilliant prodigy of yesteryear, Judy Garland. Whereas Ashley sang from her diaphragm, Mary-Kate’s voice seemed to emanate from a tinny transistor radio with a dying battery.
Mary-Kate is not as good-looking as Ashley. Mary-Kate’s disheveled rat’s-nest hairdo looks as though it has never experienced a comb or shampoo. She never seems to have a straight part, and the fussy little barrettes stuck randomly throughout her hair only accentuate its unruliness. Her wardrobe, from To Grandmother’s House We Go to Billboard Dad, has always been tacky and dowdy, inspired by some bizarre Schoolmarm Chic trend that exists only in her head. By contrast, Ashley is a heavenly apparition. Her strawberry-blonde mane falls in glossy ringlets, her well-scrubbed skin radiates a golden, healthy glow, and her erect bearing exudes a sylph-like grace, giving her a larger-than-life appearance despite her diminutive frame. Her fashion instincts are as unerring as Mary-Kate’s are clueless.
Mary-Kate could also stand to lose a few pounds.
I say these things not to humiliate Mary-Kate. It is altogether likely that the girl possesses talent—just not in an entertainment-industry capacity. Perhaps, after extensive training and a long probationary period, Mary-Kate could make a serviceable cashier, nursing-home orderly, or cafeteria worker. Or maybe she could serve as an assistant to Ashley—a star of her sister’s magnitude surely needs someone to answer her fan mail, clean her trailer, and fetch her bottled water.
I fear that if Mary-Kate is not forced to relinquish her partnership with Ashley, the duo will eventually go down in a blaze.

30 03 2005
pictsy

Ah, it’s all clear to me now

29 03 2005
pictsy

Kate Bush “The Handsome Cabin Boy”

29 03 2005
pictsy

Actually, I guess that’s just a sailor song, not a pirate song.

31 03 2005
tirgat

Son of a son of a sailor is the buffet song “Yes I am a pirate, 200 years too late, the cannons dotn thunder there’s nothing to plunder I am an over forty victim of fate, arriving too late…..” (or close to that)
Then there’s Michael Longcoor’s Privateer
And then there is always the pirate song I believe is MP’s with the pirate and his son….

2 04 2005
west_wind

not entirely related…
But interesting all the same!
I happened upon this site whilst doing a little stumbling. Have you heard of the stumble phenomenon? I thought this site might be interesting to folks who were also interested in pirate shanties.
female pirates

27 06 2012
Anonymous

Rickie Lee Jones – Best album and song Pirates

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