International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirate Flag

Ahoy, me hearties! As I’m sure many of you be aware, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was created in 1995 by a couple of landlubbers named John Baur and Mark Summers, who both hail from the state of Oregon in the United States of America. It began when both gentlemen decided that they would talk like a pirate on this day and it is now celebrated throughout the world. (Summers chose September 19th because it was the date of his ex-wife’s birthday). The recent popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean series of films is but one of many examples from the worlds of film and literature that have romanticised the pirate as a jolly rogue. Of course, the illegal transfer of music and film in recent years means that pirates and piracy have taken on new significance in our culture. Currently, one of the most notorious internet sites is titled The Pirate Bay and it uses the silhouetted image of a pirate ship as its logo. You’d be more likely to encounter a pirate while surfing the web than you would sailing on the seven seas. Before abandoning ship, I’ll wrap up this here parchment with a few shanties for the day that be in it. Arrrrrrrrr!


Sing Like a Pirate


01 The Pirate’s Gospel – Alela Diane

02 The Pirate – Hanne Hukkleberg

03 The End of My Pirate Days – Mary Chapin Carpenter

04 Rolling Sea – Eliza Carthy

05 Pirate Jenny – Nina Simone

06 Pirate’s Dub – Burning Spear

07 National Talk Like a Pirate Day – Lambchop

08 A Pirate Looks at Forty (Jimmy Buffet cover) – Jack Johnson

09 Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & the Pirates

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