Eurovision Song Contest

According to the website, the Latvian pirate song “is a story about the historical endeavours of our ancestors, and tells of their backbreaking lives, rebellious spirit, freedom, masculinity and tenderness while showing their patriotism and love for the planet earth, and an unquenchable thirst for adventure.”

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  1. I think Georgia is winning the lyrics prize so far…

    *** Sometimes words kill faster than bullets do
    And the face of war is never true
    Kids with guns are always too young to die
    Are you still so deaf to ask me why…why ***

  2. Here’s the pirate song in its entirety:

    With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey!
    We‘re hoisting the flag to be free
    We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
    We are wolves of the sea

    Don’t try to run it’s all set and done
    There’s treasure in sight
    We are robbing you blind I hope you don’t mind
    We are taking it all tonight

    Just walk away we’ll count it all
    Pirates will stand and the loser will fall

    With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey
    We’re bound to be close to the sea
    Our captain will stand on the bridge and sing
    Pirates are all we can be

    With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey!
    We‘re hoisting the flag to be free
    We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
    We are wolves of the sea

    Down to the core we’re coming for more
    With a sword close at hand
    We are scary and bold chest full of gold
    We get sealegs when sighting land

    The hook of our captain is looking at you
    There’s no Peter Pan so what can you do

    With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey!
    We‘re hoisting the flag to be free
    We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
    We are wolves of the sea

  3. Which reminds me irresistably of Sid Kipper’s “Combing The Mane”

    I sailed on a Yankee clipper ship,
    With a hey, and a ho, together;
    To the Barbary coast we took a trip,
    And isn’t it awful weather?
    With many a close shave we sailed wide,
    We trimmed and set our sails beside;
    Oh our success looked cut and dried;
    With a hey, and a ho, and a wash and go,
    As we combed the Spanish Mane.

    There was Pigatail Pete and Razor Ruff,
    With a hey, and a ho, my wee friends;
    There was young Al Opecia and old Dan Druff,
    And anything for the weekend?
    Our brave hands from none would cringe,
    We teased the Dutch and the Celtic fringe,
    And the King of Spain, his beard we singed;
    With a hey, and a ho, and a wash and go,
    As we combed the Spanish Mane.

    Now our captain’s name was Cut-throat Tarquin,
    Hey, ho, blue bonnets,
    And we would have dyed any colour for him,
    And would you like something on it?
    The ugliest customer brought no fear,
    From female cabin boy to old blue beard –
    Until we met with a bald privateer;
    With a hey, and a ho, and a wash and go,
    As we combed the Spanish Mane.

    “Ahoy”, he cried, “You livery lot”,
    With a hey, and a ho, brown trousers;
    “An appointment now with me you’ve got,
    And I’m ready for to do you now, Sir”.
    We lowered our cutters and raised a froth,
    His crew we cut with blades aloft,
    And that bald privateer, we polished him off;
    With a hey, and a ho, and a wash and go,
    As we combed the Spanish Mane.

    Now the Cut Above is our brigantyne,
    With a hey, and a ho, and a hey now;
    She’s the finest ship of the whole Hair Line,
    And be sure and have a nice day now.
    With magazines of the highest grade,
    Without a fear we’ll ply our trade,
    Until the final parting’s made;
    With a hey, and a ho, and a wash and go,
    As we combed the Spanish Mane.

    Copyright Chris Sugden, 1993.

  4. One of the finest rhymes in all of the world’s songs is from “Pirate Smith of Bristol”:

    And hanging from his lanyards
    Were Portuguese and Spaniards…

    What’s interesting about that couplet is that there’s another song to the same tune, in the Irish republican tradition, which has an equally good rhyme at the same spot:

    Some rebel youths with placards
    Had called his army blackguards…

    Which isn’t bad at all.

  5. Still inferior to the Bosnia + Herzegovina entry, which was about “how people do not come from monkeys, but from love”, and featured knitting nuns, the male singer leaping out of a basket of washing, and a live chicken…

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