The five best pirate songs

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Photograph: Peter Mountain

Arrrrr! In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we present a list of our favorite pirate songs, new and old.

(Decemberists fans can stop reading now; no Colin Meloy cuts to be found here.)

5. "All for Me Grog" -- Traditional
Dan Milner does it. The Dubliners do it (below). Beer. Tobacco. What more does a man need?

 

4. "Fire Down Below" -- Nick Cave
This is what it sounds like when Nick Cave does a pirate song:

 

3. "The Pirate Song" -- George Harrison
The band may have thought they were playing "My Sweet Lord." Harrison had other ideas.

 

2. "15 Men on a Dead Man's Chest" -- Robert Louis Stevenson and Young E. Allison
If this doesn't make you want to get out to the African coast to commandeer some ships, nothing will.

 

1. "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" -- The robot Pirates of the Caribbean (not Johnny Depp)
Pay attention to these lyrics, as there are lots of great messages for the kids. (Speaking of which, The Jonas Brothers really need to stop covering this song.)

 

If you're now itching to don an eyepatch and convene with other scurvy seadogs, set a course for the Way Station's Talk Like a Pirate Day party where you can down a couple of $2 PBRs with your mateys.

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