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"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" is a song from the Disney theme park ride Pirates of the Caribbean. It is sung by the titular pirates of the ride, who sing about what they do as pirates and why the like such a life.

It was originally performed by a chorus as the pirates.

Lyrics

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
We kindle and char and enflame and ignite
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho
We burn up the city, we're really a fright
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

We're rascals and scoundrels, we're villains and knaves
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho
We're devils and black sheep, we're really bad eggs
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
A pirate's life is a happy life
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho
A rollickin', frolickin', brawlickin' life
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

Ohh... A pirate's life for me (Yo ho!)
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho

Ohh... A pirate's life for me (Yo ho!)
We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho

Ohh... A pirate's life for me (Yo ho!)
We kindle and char and enflame and ignite
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho
We burn up the city, we're really a fright
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho

We're rascals and scoundrels, and villains and knaves
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho
We're jokers and black sheep, we're really bad eggs
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho

Ohh... A pirate's life for me (Hey!)

Ohh... A pirate's life for me (Yo ho!)

We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads
Stand up me 'earties, yo ho
(Hey!)

Ohh... A pirate's life for me
Ohh... A pirate's life for me
Ohh... A pirate's life for me
Ohh... A pirate's life for me

Yo ho, yo ho a parrot's life for me
We chirp and we sing
Repeat everything
We talk and squawk and squeal
We gossip and chat
And we chew the fat
And have crackers at every meal!
Iago says so, a parrot's life for me!

Take it from a bird
Don't repeat what you heard
Not every rumor is true!
Our feathers flap
We yap, yap yap
'Til our beaks are turning blue!
This blabbermouth, is flying south
A parrot's life for me!

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
The Kraken leapt from the ocean brine
Look out, me hearties, yo ho
And to the Locker the Sparrow confined
Look out, me hearties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
A goddess thought she'd a Sparrow save
Look out, me hearties, yo ho 
And brought a blackguard back from the grave
Look out, me hearties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
The Flying Dutchman is on the hunt
Look out, me hearties, yo ho
To punish a Sparrow for his affront
Look out, me hearties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
Within the chest his secret sleeps
Look out, me hearties, yo ho
The heart of Davy Jones still beats
Look out, me hearties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

Other Appearances

  • The song has been featured in the films Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
    • It has also been used in promotional material for all entries in the movie series.
  • The song was featured in the film Beverly Hills Family Robinson.
  • The song was briefly featured in the animated film Treasure Planet.
  • The song appeared in the episode of the TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
  • A parody version called "A Parrot's Life For Me" was performed by Iago and a chorus of parrots in the episode "Thanks to Minnie" from the cartoon TV series House Of Mouse.
  • The song was sung by a group of pirates in an M&M's tie-in commercial for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. It was sung in the beginning and end of said commercial.
  • The song was featured in the video game LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.
  • The song appears in the mobile game Where's My Water?
  • An instrumental 8-bit version was featured in the mobile game Disney Crossy Road.
  • A version with different lyrics was featured in the game Kingdom Hearts III, this version retells the events happened in the movie Dead Man's Chest since the game adapted the plot of At World's End skipping the previous film.
  • A version performed by Jonas Brothers was featured in the album Disneymania 4.
  • The song has been included in the albums The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song, Disney's 75 Years of Music & Memories, Classic Disney - Volume V, Pirates of the Caribbean: Swashbuckling Sea Songs, Disney's Ultimate Swashbukler Collection: Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney Classics.
  • The song can be heard in various background music loops at the Disney parks.
  • The song appeared in the Disney show World of Color.
  • The song appeared in the defunct ride The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • The song was featured in one of the Disney Sing Along videos.

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