While some folks row way up to heaven
I'm gonna sing the pirate's gospel
I'm gonna sow these feet for dancin'
I'm gonna keep my eyes wide open

Yo ho yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho ho
Sing the pirate's gospel

Add another flame to our forest
Where big-bellied whales keep us chanting
We're slapping firey thighs for tiny dancers
Weeping children creep until the morning
When the sun does seep into our fair flesh
And filthy fingernails will take us home

Yo ho yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho ho
Sing the pirate's gospel

While some folks pray their path to Jesus
We're gonna sing the pirate's gospel
We're gonna sow our feet for dancing
We're gonna keep our eyes wide open
We're gonna sing the pirate's gospel
We're gonna chant the pirate's gospel
You'll find us clap the pirate's gospel

Yo ho yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho yo ho ho
Sing the pirate's gospel
Sing the pirate's gospel


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    General CommentHedonism is not sustainable.
    stickSMbuggon November 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with tarumba on the meaning of this song. how liberating it is. although at the same time, the idea of being a "pirate" isn't exactly a noble sense of life. it's entirely possible that this song could be a satire of the idea of living in the world here and now, that secular humanists and people like that are just living on stolen time (from god(s)). For some reason that's what pirate as an adjective would mean to me. I don't think this is the case though because of the themes of other songs, and the very first line. It is obviously futile to "row" to heaven.
    sparsedignityon January 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about living for yourself, and casting out all hipocrisy: I'll enjoy life, I'll do whatever I genuinely want to do, while the others worry about what's right and wrong.
    When she says "we're gonna keep our eyes wide open" she's talking about how everyone else is looking up, accomodating their lifes to intangible beliefs, while real life is going on down here.
    My boyfriend and I love this song, it is about freedom and cutting the strings, just living without caring about external prejudice.
    tarumbaon December 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment@tarumba: that's quite exactly how I feel about that song too
    looking_upon May 15, 2008   Link

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