Captain Jack Sparrow is a busy man. Being the world’s favourite pirate isn’t an easy task, however, he does enjoy a few days off the job – but what does he really get up to when not chasing treasure or eternal life? He relaxes at home with a few casks of rum and some good music, of course – and we can tell you what’s on his playlist!
Yes, our trusted sources have snaffled out the captain’s top 5 tracks, and we’re sharing them with you. These are not the sea shanties you will hear sung by the crew of the Black Pearl. Instead, these are tracks the salty dog listens to when he is away from the hustle and bustle of harbour towns, prisons, and rivals out to out-do him.
He’s a Pirate – Tiësto Radio Edit
Originally composed by Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt, and Geoffrey Zanelli for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, He’s a Pirate was remixed by superstar trance DJ, Tiësto. It was included as a bonus track on his 2007 album, Elements of Life. We have it on good authority that this is Jack’s go-to track after a few bottles of the good stuff.
Sympathy For the Devil – Rolling Stones
Jack Sparrow is a man who knows himself. His character has been tried, tested, and found wanting time and again, but he owns it and, more than that, he loves himself. Despite being faced with ghosts, sea monsters, whirlpools, mutinous crew, meddlesome officials, and hungry cannibals, he never loses his sense of humour. No wonder Sympathy For the Devil, a single from the 1968 Rolling Stones album, Beggar’s Banquet, appears among the top 5 tracks on his playlist. We also cannot shake off the feeling that our favourite pirate’s favourite Stones member is Keith Richards.
Flying Dutchman – Tori Amos
The ship named the Flying Dutchman was given to Davey Jones by Calypso, and it’s one that Jack knows well. We were surprised to find Tori Amos’ Flying Dutchman, originally a B-side to the China single taken from her album Little Earthquakes, and later rerecorded with the Dutch Metropole Orkest, on his playlist. Things became clearer once we had listened to it. The question asked of the Dutchman, ‘Are you still out there?’ is a pertinent one.
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Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Jack seems like a feisty kind of guy who always has something to say. However, after a little too much grog swilling, he has moments of introspection. Yes, he hunts for treasure, magical artefacts, and sources of immortality, but he has also known love. In his quieter moments he knows that he, like Neil Young, is really just searchin’ for a Heart of Gold. The single was taken from Young’s 1972 album, Harvest. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine name it the 297th of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Teardrop – Massive Attack
Massive Attack’s 1998 single, Teardrop, was another surprise we found in Captain Jack Sparrow’s top 5 tracks on his iPod. We initially thought it was because it brought back fond memories of that time he painted eyes all over his face while on a tropical island. We then realised we were being silly. We had to Google the lyrics, because Liz Fraser’s gentle babble isn’t easy to understand at the best of times, and we were glad we did. The lines, ‘Water is my eye, most faithful mirror, fearless on my breath’ gave us the clue that this is another track he listens to during moments of chilled introspection. There is obviously much more to him than meets the eye! Savvy?