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"He's a Pirate" is a musical theme credited to Klaus Badelt (with Hans Zimmer's assistance) for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It appears as track fifteen on the film's soundtrack, at 1:30 in length.

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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 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End soundtrack. In the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 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.

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 bears a strong resemblance with this particular cue.


  • This track is also called "Drink Up Me Hearties" on the film's complete soundtrack.
  • This track has been rearranged twice for both Kingdom Hearts 2 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX by Yoko Shimomura.

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