Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)"
from the album Walt Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean
GenreTheme song
LabelWalt Disney
Composer(s)George Bruns
Lyricist(s)Xavier Atencio

"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" is the theme song for the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. The music was written by George Bruns with lyrics by Xavier Atencio.[1]


Pop culture[edit]


  • 1994: In NHL 95, when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are at home, a stadium organ version of the song is played during the opening faceoff of each period. This is a reference to Disney owning the team at the time.
  • 2007–????: NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pirate ship in the north end zone of Raymond James Stadium. During football games they play the song over the loudspeakers and jumbotron (courtesy of Disney), at which time patrons on the ship throw beads and other prizes into the crowd.


  • 1982: Orange County punk band The Vandals use the song's melody briefly in their song "Pirate's Life", which is about riding the attraction under the influence of LSD
  • 1986: Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett uses the melody as the opening to his single "Take It Back" which was written for the US America's Cup yachting team.
  • 1994: An instrumental version appears on guitarist Buckethead's album Giant Robot.
  • 2013: Smosh covered it in the Assassin's Creed 4 rock anthem video.


  1. ^ Beiramar, Emmanuel (April 1, 2011). "Pirates des Caraibes: Retour aux origines". www.fantasy.fr (in French). Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Truitt, Brian (October 3, 2016). "Death is coming straight for Jack Sparrow in new 'Pirates' trailer". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2016.