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Hoist the Jolly Roger

by Robert Palomo

A modern-day pirate song that tries not to romanticize pirates, but possibly fails. Some lyrics, though mild compared to what you can hear on a lot of radio these days, might be construed as PG-13. This pirate prefers to err on the side of caution.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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Let me put it this way. Pirates were (and still are) really nasty. So why do we make romantic heroes of them? Why do places like Dan Diego's Star of India host kiddie Pirate Parties? Why does Disney cash in on pirates?

When the 2016 US presidential race got well under weigh, and it became clear that one Donald J. Trump was rising to the top, it occurred to me that among all the "new old" sea songs I'd written to date, I had yet to write a pirate song. I felt it was high time.

In approaching it, I went to Project Gutenberg and read through a number of histories and true-life accounts of famous and lesser-known old-time pirates. I came away understanding that they truly were the scum of the species. The famous captains were sadistic egomaniacs with no regard for human life. And as for their scurvy crews... !! Are you getting the point yet that they really were not nice?

So I didn't want my pirate song to romanticize pirates. I wanted to it convey what truly awful and horrific creatures they were. And you know what? I think, I fear... that in spite of everything... I ended up writing one more blasted song that romanticizes pirates!!! What IS it about those guys that they always come out smelling like a rose? Them and politicians.

Well, arrrr! to ye, then, shipmates. And may ye never find yerself in the clutches of pirates... democratically elected or otherwise.



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