The Pirate Song
from the BBC Television comedy show "Rutland Weekend Television" first aired 26 December 1975.

Eric: (spoken) And now the moment you've been waiting for: Mr. George Harrison sings.

George: Oh, I like to be a pirate, a pirate's life for me.
All my friends are pirates and they sail the BBC
I've got a jolly roger, it's a black and white and vast.
So get out of your skull and crossbones
and I'll run it up your mast.
 
With a yo-ho-ho and a ah-ha-ha and a hee-hee-ha-ha-ho.
A yo-ho-ho and a ya-ha-ha and a yum-yum jum-jum-jum.
I've got a jolly roger, it's a black and white and vast.
So get out of your skull and crossbones
I'll run it up your mast.
 
All together!
 
I like to be a pirate, a pirate's life for me.
And all my friends are pirates and sail the BBC
Got a jolly roger, it's a black and white and vast.
So get out of your skull and crossbones
I'll run it up your mast.
 
Oo-ee!
 
With a yo-ho-ho and a ah-ha-ha and a hee-hee-ha-ha-ho.
A yo-ho-ho and a ya-ha-ha and a yum-yum jum-jum-jum.
I've got a jolly roger, it's a black and white and vast.
So get out of your skull and crossbones
I'll run it up your mast.
 
A one more time!
 
I like to be a pirate, a pirate's life for me.
And all my friends are pirates and they sail the BBC
Got a jolly roger, it's a black and white and vast.
So get out of your skull and crossbones
I'll run it up your mast.
  

  
Music and lyrics by: George Harrison and Eric Idle
  

  

 

 

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