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Pirates of the Caribbean: Lyrics

There have been a number of variations of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean attraction song over the years. The original song, sung by the pirates as guests sailed by, was a ribald, brutally frank tune about the lives of real, historical pirates. It gained a reputation for causing certain sensitive persons to faint. Was the world ready for a Disneyland song that mentioned rape, no matter how subtle that mention might be? The answer, it turns out, was no.

When Disney reworked certain elements of the ride in 1997, they quietly reworded the more objectionable parts of the theme song. The familiar "Yo ho" refrain remained, and since this is what most guests remember, the other changes were largely ignored. There was hardly a blip in the press about it, but the change went a long way toward reducing the number of prudish letters of complaint that Disneyland received each year.

In 2004, with the introduction of the seasonal, "Pirates: Spring Break in the Caribbean" retrofit of the ride, Disney introduced yet another variation. This spring-break-themed variation is only played when the ride has its holiday dressing on, after which the ride's denizens go back to their normal mode of singing.

The following table compares the three variations of the song. All lyrics are used without permission. Please don't tell anyone.

Original Modified Spring Break
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, spring break's the time for me.
We pillage, we plunder, we burp, and fart,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We'll kill your old pappy and pull out 'is heart,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We smell, we stink, we all need a bath,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
But say that we're smelly and you'll feel our wrath,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We party, we party, we party a lot,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We party, we party, and then we stop -- not!
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, spring break's the time for me.
We rape, we murder, we murder, and rape,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We rape, and we rape, oh we really like rape,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We're sexist, we're racist, we lack in tact,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We tried holding jobs but were instantly sacked,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We drive to the liquor store, then we drive back,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
And look for hot chicks we can get in the sack,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, spring break's the time for me.
We vivisect, torture, wedgie, and bite,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We run with no pants on, we're really a fright,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We cheat on our taxes, stay up all night,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Too dumb to debate, we'd rather just fight,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We party all day and party all night,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
This wood alcohol's got me losing my sight,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, spring break's the time for me.
Set fire to a pet store, cut off your legs,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We tell our own grandma to go suck eggs,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We smoke, we spit, we drink to excess,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
The first guys with earrings, what's next, a dress?
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We're frat boys, morons, horn dogs, and jerks,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We tell girls we're astronauts -- whatever works,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Yo ho, yo ho, spring break's the time for me.
We're liars, white slavers, perverts, and cads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho
We started out good, but ended up bad,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
A big disappointment to Mommy and Dad,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We'll never get caught, we won't pay our dues,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Exposing ourselves on the six o'clock news,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

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