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. Its origins are loosely derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's sea-shanty " Dead Man's Chest" found in his 1881 novel . Treasure Island
1967 — Song composed for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction by Bruns and Atencio.
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 1995 — A version with alternate lyrics was featured in the
Beach Party At Walt Disney World video of the Mickey's Fun Songs series. citation needed 2002 — The song is featured briefly in the Disney film
. The robot B.E.N. ( Treasure Planet Martin Short) sings a few bars while aboard the RLS Legacy. 2003 — The song is featured in the Disney film
. A few bars are sung by young Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann ( Lucinda Dryzek). An older Elizabeth ( Keira Knightley) later teaches it to Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp) while they are marooned on an island. It is sung once again at the end of the film by Captain Jack Sparrow. 2006 — A version is sung by the
Jonas Brothers in ; the refrain "Drink up me hearties" is replaced with "Stand up me hearties". DisneyMania 4 2007 — A few bars of the song are sung again near the end of
. A few bars are also sung after the credits by the son of Elizabeth. The instrumentals and dialogue from the attraction are heard as well in the fade to black after the descent off World's End. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007–???? —
NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pirate ship in the north endzone 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. 2010 —
Disney's show briefly plays the song prior to the main World of Color Pirates of the Caribbean segment. 2011 —
Brian Wilson covered it in a medley on his album , which was released on October 25, 2011. In the Key of Disney 2013 —
Smosh covered it in the Assassin's Creed 4 rock anthem video.