Stuff for junior pirates

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Although International Talk Like A Pirate Day started out as one of those weird things grownups do, the Pirate Guys have been happy t' see that the younger set is just as eager to observer this great holiday as their elders.

This Web site is aimed at, well, more or less adult guys*, but we've been pullin' together some resources for junior pirates and their parents and teachers.

* Yes, women can be guys, too.

Pirate talk fer the younger set

By popular request, the Pirate Guys have put together some G-rated piratical lingo lessons fer the wee pirates out there:

  • Andrea, from the Auckland Museum, writes to ask for " a funny and adventurous pirate talk or speech which we can teach children of ages 5 and up." To which Cap'n Slappy responds:

    Ahoy Andrea!

    I've taken this opportunity to write a little children's shanty that might
    be fun AND edumacational. Hope it's useful.

    Cap'n Slappy

    A Children's Pirate Shanty
    by Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers
    (can be sung to the tune of Monty Python's "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK" - or make up your own! Watch the Pirate Guys perform the song on YouTube!)

Chorus
I'm a pirate! That I be!
I sail me ship upon the sea!
I stay up late - till half past three!
And that's a peg below me knee!

Yo Ho, my friends I have a tale
of treasure, plunder, sea and sail
my story's bigger than a whale
it gets so deep, ye'll have to bail.

Chorus
I'm a pirate! That I be!
I sail me ship upon the sea!
I stay up late - till half past three!
And that's a peg below me knee!

I like to fish, I like to fight
I like to stay up half the night
When I say "starboard" ye go right!
Me ma, she says, "Ye look a fright!"

Chorus
I'm a pirate! That I be!
I sail me ship upon the sea!
I stay up late - till half past three!
And that's a peg below me knee!

I've got no hand but that's me hook!
I pillage stuff but I'm no crook.
Me booty's in this chest I took.
They'll write about me in a book!

Chorus
I'm a pirate! That I be!
I sail me ship upon the sea!
I stay up late - till half past three!
And that's a peg below me knee!

And that's all there is to this song.
I hope it hasn't been too long.
A pirate's life might just be wrong
So grow up nice and big and strong!

Chorus
I'm a pirate! That I be!
I sail me ship upon the sea!
I stay up late - till half past three!
And that's a peg below me knee!