Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

More on "Pirates" (still no spoilers)

On Saturday we went to see "Pirates" AGAIN, once more in costume. This has not EVER happened before, even without the costumes. The show we were at was about two-thirds full, at 12:30 on a Saturday afternoon in a theater with "Pirates" on FOUR screens. I think there is a real possibility that this movie will have Hollywood's first ever $200 million opening weekend.

The more I think about the credit cookie, which actually has CONTENT, the less I like it. But it is only a credit cookie, and I for one won't complain if they choose to repudiate it in preparing the moderately probably sequel (none of the principals have issued a final "never again" statement, and there is likely to be a LOT of money waved under their noses...).

In a few days I will have to do a "Pirates Mythology" essay. In the meantime, I have the lyrics for the song used in the first scene (which I haven't found online anywhere, yet) and a few other tidbits.

Hoist the Colors

Lyrics by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossi
Music by Hans Zimmer and Gore Verbinski

The king and his men stole the queen from her bed
And bound her in her bones;
The seas be ours, and by the powers,
Where e'er we will, we'll roam.

Yo, ho, all together, hoist the colors high;
Heave, ho, thieves and beggars, never shall we die.

One of these days I shall have to inflict this as a choral piece on a filk room: One person singing the verse, one the chorus, and one doing, "Yo, ho; yo, ho; yo, ho, ho." I think it would sound really cool...

Here is a bit of poetry that I have been toying with for about a year, based on one of Jack's lines from "Curse of the Black Pearl"; it happens to fit the melody of "Hoist the Colors"...

A ship's not the hull and the sails and the spars;
Those are just what a ship needs.
What gives her a soul is the freedom she gives;
It's your dreams upon which she feeds.

And finally, my favorite authentic pirate quote, which came to mind a couple of times while watching the film: “As to hanging, it is no great hardship. For were it not for that, every cowardly fellow would turn pirate and so unfit the sea, that men of courage must starve." --Mary Read

Uncle Hyena
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