Talk Like a Pirate Day (EP)

by Monty Harper and Mr. Billy

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Avast, ye lubbers, September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day! Here be a collection of shanties to help put ye in a proper mood!

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released September 12, 2012

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Monty Harper Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Harper is a children's musician in Stillwater, OK. He performs for elementary schools and libraries, helps kids write their own songs in workshops and residencies, does informal science education, and writes songs for clients.

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Track Name: Talk Like a Pirate Day
Stand down me hearty, time to shirk
There be no pirate word for work
Today be a day for plunderous fun
There's a wee bit o' sea dog in everyone
So set yer sails! Prepare to play!
It's Talk Like a Pirate Day! (Arrr)
Talk Like a Pirate Day! (Arrr)

Today we pay with gold doubloons
And if we're lost we've been marooned
And if we're caught we walk the plank
And when we're beat our ship is sank
But find the gold and it's hip hooray
On Talk Like a Pirate Day (Arrr)
Talk Like a Pirate Day (Arrr)

Yo ho ho
Talk like a pirate
Avast! Ahoy! Anchors aweigh!
Yo ho ho
Talk like a pirate
Talk like a pirate today-ay-ay-ay
Shiver me timbers!
(Arrr)

Raise yer root beer and call it grog
Say, "Here's to me brother, the scurvy dog!"
Throw a wink to yer favorite lass
Call 'er "me beauty" and give 'er some sass
And curse any lubbers that get in yer way
On Talk Like a Pirate Day
(Arrr)

Let yer jolly roger fly
Give yer pirate self a try
To that ye better say "Aye aye"
On Talk Like a Pirate Day, (Arrr)
Talk Like a Pirate Day! (Arrr)
Track Name: Pirate Treasure
We sets our sails for a pirate treasure
Yo ho ho is the song we sings
Oh, my bones! If we ever find her
Rich we'll be, like Persian kings

Digging down deep! (8x)

Digging down deep for a pirate treasure
Bakes our backs in the noonday sun
Cares not we if we never find her
Search itself is half the fun, yo
The search is half the fun!

Digging down deep! (7x)

We sets our sails for a pirate treasure
Yo ho ho is the song we sings
Oh, my bones! If we ever find her
Rich we'll be, like Persian kings
Digging down deep for a pirate treasure
Bakes our backs in the noonday sun
Cares not we if we never find her
Search itself is half the fun, yo
The search is half the fun!

Could it be buried in a foreign land?
Aye, Matey, dig it down deep!
Could it be hiding in the island sand?
Aye, Matey, dig it down deep!
Could it be sitting under this here tree?
Aye, Matey, dig it down deep!
Could it be waiting there just for me?
Aye, Matey, dig it down deep!

Digging down deep! (8x)
Digging down deep! (7x)
Track Name: Monty Harper - Tropeo the Pirate
Tropeo the Pirate, Terror of the Seas
A turtle bit his legs off; he walks upon his knees.
The raven on his shoulder speaks of dark and evil things.
The sailors tell tall tales about how swift his saber swings.

Sailing in a garbage pail a little boy and girl
approached a mighty clipper ship with pirate flags unfurled.
Its wake upset their vessel and they tried their best to swim.
The crewmen on the clipper threw a net and hauled 'em in.

"What a funny pair of fish we've caught," they cried in mock surprise.
"Shall we boil or bake or barbecue, or mince them into pies?"
But a raven's rackety cackle made the crewmen quit their game
And as their captain climbed the hatchway both the children breathed his name.

Tropeo the Pirate, Terror of the Seas
A turtle bit his legs off; he walks upon his knees.
The raven on his shoulder speaks of dark and evil things.
The sailors tell tall tales about how swift his saber swings.

"We want to join the pirates!" piped the little girl and boy.
We ran away from Mommy and our box of boring toys.
We're tired of brushing teeth and combing hair and making beds.
We'd rather plunder treasure with bandanas 'round our heads!"

The crewmen roared with laughter as they rolled about the decks.
"What's a mommy, what's a bed, and who's to save your scrawny necks?
We'll feed you to the seagulls if you cry or whine or pout!"
Said Tropeo, "To the brig they go, and turn this boat about."

Tropeo the Pirate, Terror of the Seas
A turtle bit his legs off; he walks upon his knees.
The raven on his shoulder speaks of dark and evil things.
The sailors tell tall tales about how swift his saber swings.

"By thunder," rumbled Tropeo. "Those brats'll pay their way.
I'll see they dive for pearls amid the sharks in Oyster Bay."
Yet as he spoke the tykes were finding comfort in the hold:
dry clothes, a bowl of chowder and a blanket for the cold.

That very night a stunted figure stole the children from their beds,
And careful not to wake them, tied bandanas 'round their heads.
He put them in a lifeboat which he lowered to the foam.
He bade the bird upon his shoulder, "Guide these pirates safely home."

Then he grabbed the bird and whispered, "'tis a secret, what we do,
and if e'er you breathe a word of it, I'll dine on raven stew!"

Tropeo the Pirate, Terror of the Seas
A turtle bit his legs off; he walks upon his knees.
The raven on his shoulder speaks of dark and evil things.
The sailors tell tall tales about how swift his saber swings.
Track Name: Monty Harper - Library Bookaneers
Hey, Ho! Whaduya know?
We never run out of new places to go,
and we never wait for the wind to blow-
We're the Library Bookaneers!

No matter your preference of when or where,
a book can be captured to carry you there.
We circle the globe and we pay no fare.
We're the Library Bookaneers!

We rifle a book for the treasure within.
We ransack her pages from stern to stem,
then leave her for others to plunder again.
We're the Library Bookaneers!

Hey, Ho! We sail again! Another adventure about to begin!
Hey, Ho! We sail today! Just open a book and it's anchor's aweigh!

Hey, Ho! Whaduya know?
We never run out of new places to go,
and we never wait for the wind to blow -
We're the Library Bookaneers!

Our sea is unbounded by compass and map.
We've traveled through wardrobe and looking glass.
We've raided the future and pillaged the past.
We're the Library Bookaneers!

We were the jury at Captain Kidd's trial.
We fought Long John Silver on Treasure Isle.
We fed Captain Hook to the crocodile.
We're the Library Bookaneers!

Sail away into a good book.
Determination while you're learning is the ore that pulls you forward till your sails unfurl.
Sail away into a good book.
Imagination is the wind that fills your sails and sends you spinning to another world.
We went there, we saw it, we did it, we lived it...

Hey, Ho! Whaduya know?
There're plenty more places we're itchin' to go,
and we'll never wait for the wind to blow.
We're the Library Bookaneers!
Track Name: Mr. Billy - A Pirate Song
If I was a pirate, I'd wear an eye patch
And sail on big ship just like Capt. Jack
Searching for treasures all over the sea
Where every adventure is waiting for me

If I was a pirate you'd be my first mate
We bury our treasures and pieces of eight
Davy Jones locker is no place to be
And our Jolly Roger a warning to flee

If I was a pirate, I'd wear an eye patch
And sail on big ship just like Capt. Jack