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Template:Infobox Song "He's a Pirate" is a musical theme in the 2003 Disney swashbuckler film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It is included as the fifteenth track on the film's soundtrack, at 1:30 in length and was composed by Klaus Badelt (with Hans Zimmer's assistance).

Due to the success of The Curse of the Black Pearl, the score is heard in many media inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, specifically media inspired by the film series.


The track is best known as the main theme for the Pirates of the Caribbean films. It is featured at the end of each film, and is the first theme heard as the end credits roll.

A slight variation appears in the middle section of "Drink Up Me Hearties" on the third film's soundtrack. In the fourth film's soundtrack, the theme is heard yet again in the end credits roll, but has a Spanish guitar theme put into it by Rodrigo y Gabriela. In the fifth film's soundtrack, it is shortly heard during the credits, included in the first part of the score "Beyond My Beloved Horizon", composed by Geoff Zanelli, one of Hans Zimmer's prosteges.

It takes its name from a repeated line in the film referring first to Jack Sparrow ("He's a pirate!", exclaimed by Weatherby Swann, to which William Turner replies with "And a good man!") and later to William Turner as Elizabeth Swann's final line in the film.

The cue also appears on Epics: The History of the World According To Hollywood as "Pirates of the Caribbean". A series of remixes were released on a CD entitled "Pirates Remixed". A thirty-second excerpt from Drop Zone, called "Too Many Notes-Not Enough Rest" (also composed by Hans Zimmer), had been frequently used in movie trailers (most notably The Mask of Zorro and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), and He's a Pirate bear a strong resemblance with this particular cue.

Other Appearances[]

In LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, the track is heard in certain scenes in numerous levels. It is also heard whenever the player completes every level on the results screen.

In "Disney Magic Kingdoms", a short snippet of it is heard whenever the player welcomes Pirates of the Caribbean characters.

In the Magic Kingdom attraction "Happily Ever After", it is heard towards the climax of the attraction where it features sequences of heroes fighting back.

In the 2017 revamp of "Fantasmic!" in California, it is heard during the Pirates of the Caribbean sequence replacing the classic Peter Pan sequence.

In Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland, it is heard during the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction sequence in Adventureland segment, accompained by sinppets of Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) and attraction's audio that come from Remember.



  • This track is also called "Drink Up Me Hearties" on the film's complete soundtrack.

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