Rogue History

Did Pirates Really Sing Sea Shanties? It’s Complicated

Episode 4 | 8m 36s  | Video has closed captioning.

Songs like “A Pirate’s Life for Me” and “Dead Man’s Chest” are as prevalent in pirate lore as eye patches or treasure maps. These tunes, however, were written more than a hundred years after the golden age of piracy. Join us as we trace the roots of TikTok’s viral sea shanties and examine the types of music pirates likely heard on the open seas.

Aired: 01/05/23

Rating: NR


Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning