Yo Ho: A Pirate’s Life For Me, #389

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It’s “Never Never Land” week at camp, and that means my lesson plan is focusing on pirates and fairies!!!  There is so much I can do with this theme, but I can’t do everything that I want to do. 

Though we think of Disney as being so kid-friendly, there is so much of Disney that really is not.  I swear…even as a grown up, that witch in “Sleeping Beauty” gives me the creeps!  Or, the witch in “Snow White” is pretty scary, too.  Or, what about “Cinderella’s” evil step mother?  She’s just awful!

For years, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to teach Disney’s “Yo Ho:  A Pirate’s Life For Me” from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disneyland.  Lord knows how that song gets stuck in your head just as “It’s a Small World Afterall” does when you’re at the Magic Kingdom.  The lyrics are really nasty and confusing for the preschool set though.  I just can’t teach a song that talks about drinking and kidnapping and stealing.  It probably wouldn’t go over so well with parents.  Hmmmmm…..

So, though it is the obvious pirate song, I will not be teaching “Yo Ho: A Pirate’s Life for Me” at camp or during the school year.  It is too bad, because it is the best pirate song I know.  Instead, you will all just have to listen to it on your own.  Here’s a Youtube link that takes you through the ride at Disneyland and shows you the lyrics to the song.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKnIi05XNK4&feature=related  You can see what I’m talking about as you have fun singing along and as it gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day!  Happy singing!  🙂

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