On George Harrison and “The Pirate Song”

It’s another International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and while I normally post a bootleg video of George Harrison’s performance of “The Pirate Song” on Eric Idle’s Rutland Weekend Television, this morning I found something far more interesting.

A ukulele cover of “The Pirate Song”!

Yes, the things that amuse me…

This cover is by someone named Ukulele Ray, and until this morning I’d never heard of him.

It turns out, he’s done an entire album of George Harrison covers, If Not For Uke: A Ukulele Tribute to George Harrison.

Yes, I bought the mp3s from Amazon.

It’s fun. I probably won’t listen to it very often, but that’s not a criticism of the album, as it’s clearly done with a lot of love and a lot of fun. There’s feeling to the musicianship, and the cover of “Here Comes the Sun” is positively lovely. And “The Pirate Song” is delightfully demented.

On that note…

Yarrr! Avast! Ahoy! Hand me me grog!

Okay, that’s out of my system for another year. :)_

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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