Hoist the Colours
Hans Zimmer Lyrics

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 we will, we'll roam

Yo-ho, all together
Hoist the colors high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars
Never shall we die
Written by: Gore Verbinski, Hans Florian Zimmer, Ted Andrew Elliott, Terry Rossio

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"The king and his men stole the queen from her bed, and bound her in her bones."

That's the Pirate King, Davy Jones, of the first Brethren Court, and the nine pirate lords, stole the goddess Calypso from her bed of the sea, and bound her in human form.

"The seas be ours, and by the powers, where we will, we'll roam."

"Oh, we claimed the sea for ourselves, aye, but opened the door to Beckett, and his ilk!"

"Now some have died, and some are alive, and others sail on the sea."

Referring to the pirate lords. Some are dead, like Sao Feng, others are alive, like Jack Sparrow. And others are neither, but sail on the sea regardless, like Barbossa.

"with the keys to the cage, and the devil to pay, we lay to Fiddler's Green."

They carry the nine pieces of eight, the keys to Calypso's cage, and the only one to contend with is that devil, Davy Jones. And they lay to Fiddler's Green, the afterlife for sailors, a heaven to the Locker's hell.

"The bell has been raised from its watery grave, hear its sepulchral tone."

The song has been sung, a death knell for the age of pirates.

"A call to all, pay heed the squall, and turn your sails toward home."

The song calls a final meeting of the Brethren Court, all the lords must sail to Shipwreck Cove, the home of pirates if ever there was one.

The Cinema Cowboy

Holy shit.... this song is about Davy Jones and crew betraying Calypso!!!

Edit: ok, yes I understand that it should have been a fairly obvious observation. That being said I think my three year old post missed some other critical observations from this song that other fairly oblivious people like me might enjoy.

Verse 1: as said the king and his men stealing the king from her bed and binding her in her bones is an obvious bit of foreshadowing the revelation that the King of the Brethren Court, the Court itself, and Davy Jones betrayed Calypso and cast a spell on her to trap the goddess in her human form, leaving control of the seas to them. “The seas be ours, and by the powers, where we will we’ll roam.”

Verse 2: The critical aspect of this verse is “with the keys to the cage and the devil to pay, we lay fiddler’s green.” This verse seems focused on the consequences of their betrayal as it opens with “now some have died, and some are alive, and others sail on the sea.” So the key’s to the cage clearly seem to be referring to the pieces of eight that are passed down to each successive generation of pirate lords and proof of the Pirates ultimate sin. So what is “Fiddler’s green?” Well according to maritime mythology of the period it was a particularly brutal form of afterlife where the overwhelming monotony slowly wears on ones psyche until they go insane, complete with a never ending fiddle being played. This could serve as a description of Davy Jones’s Locker where we see Jack Sparrow is clearly suffering hallucinations being trapped in an endless purgatory that doesn’t change.

Verse 3: the final verse only paints a worse picture for the Pirates, even those living. “The bell has been raised from its watery grave. Hear it’s sepulchral tone.” This is a description of the ghost ship Flying Dutchman rising from the bottom of the sea and the ethereal music that comes from the brooding Captain Davy Jones fiercely playing his massive organ. “A call to all, pay heed the squall, and turn your sails to home” refers to the monstrous Kraken that Davy Jones summons to bring down vessels.

Most people probably understood the lyrics but if you tend to miss a thing or two like me I figured this edit might do some good :)

Harrison Schaefer

“Your mad”

“Thank goodness for that because if I wasn’t this would probably never work”

canon fires, launches Cpt. Jack onto the back pearl, lands flawlessly on the railing

“And that was without a single drop of rum”


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They have started to sing sir...

Finally.. it is a Disney movie after all.

Kim_Azazel Smith

hey from 14/07/21 ) that joke is still hiilariuos :D

Jesus Santiesteban

@Illuminati Cipher la neta

Radar Shak

Haha true

iam francisjohnlee



@Bernhard Sommerfeldt it’s PG13

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Farida Yasmin

This song makes me want to be a pirate XD

Chris Campbell

99% of people wanting to be pirates would be dead within the first week

Blacksilver Ride

@The Grommernator lol nope

Blacksilver Ride

@jimmyjohn best of luck with that, it is a lot easier to have a group meet up at a port, cause a distraction and take the ship than to become the captain in the navy.

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