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A group of pirates playing their instruments together.

Instruments are Equipment items in Sea of Thieves, used to play one of thirteen Shanties using one of four instruments.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Player Pirates can access their instruments using the Equipment Radial Menu. Players choose their desired shanty by pressing R /360 B.png on their Equipment Radial while holding an instrument.

After selecting a shanty, the first Pirate to start using their instrument will become the lead instrument, and begin to play the main melody of the chosen shanty. After this, any Pirate that begins to use their instrument will join the lead's shanty as a backing instrument, playing the song with noticeably less notes, no matter which shanty is selected.

Multiple states change how the shanty is heard, including being under the effects of Grog, which will result in the shanties playing out of tune. Other states that alter the shanty include being underwater, or being in the Ferry of the Damned.

Pirates can play shanties to charm and pacify Snakes to avoid being poisoned by them while exploring or while capturing them in Snake Baskets.

Types of instruments[edit | edit source]

Like other equipment items in Sea of Thieves, variants of each instrument can be purchased from Equipment Shops at Outposts for Gold, the Black Market for Bilge Rat Doubloons, or the Pirate Emporium for Ancient Coins. Legendary and Ghost variants of all instruments are available for Pirate Legends at Athena's Fortune Hideout.

A list of currently available instruments is as follows:

Shanties[edit | edit source]

A list of currently playable shanties is as follows:

Becalmed[edit | edit source]

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Lyrics

Our ship, she dreams
Of wind in her sails,
Of wind in her sails unfurled.
And shining as we cross the sea,
we cross the sea for home.

Then we’ll all raise our voices,
a song in our hearts.

And set our eyes on distant shores
with wind in her sails again.

There’ll be cheering & calling.
No more squabbling & brawling.
When we have the wind in our sails.

When we have our feet on the ground.
We’ll sow our good fortune around.

There’ll be feasting & pleasure.
No more rationing & measure.
When we have the wind in our sails.

Bosun Bill[edit | edit source]

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Lyrics

Bosun Bill was known throughout the port
A truly dreadful pirate who was always getting caught
Not one scheme for stealing he could hatch
'Cause someone would spot
the treasure he'd got
And Bill they'd snatch!

One day Bill awoke laying on a distant beach
The last of his grog was just out of reach.
He groped around with trembling hands
And struck something in the sand!

He'd stumbled upon a part
Of an ancient chart
Stained and torn, the old map told
The way to find a stash of buried gold, so...

Bosun Bill set out to find a crew
But everyone he asked replied, "I'll never sail with you!"
'Til at last, he plied a man with ale
to lend him his craft,
A rickety raft
Then bill set sail!

All by himself, Bill trembled in the dark
He lost both his boots and his hat to a shark.
He followed the chart 'til at last he saw
The gleam of a far off shore.
The trail led into a cave
Silent as the grave
Bill stood gaping at what he saw
A hoard of treasure piled from roof to floor.

Bosun Bill stuffed treasure into his sack
he loaded up the boat, but heard a mighty crack.
He'd taken too much plunder when he should have kept it light
The raft and all the gold sank out of sight.

Bosun Bill let out a terrible curse
He'd had a chance at glory but he'd only come out worse!
To this day, he's trapped on the island still
Not very clever,
Worst pirate ever,
it's Booo... Sun... Bill!

Grogg Mayles[edit | edit source]

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Lyrics

There's a tale of old the sea dogs told 'bout the most fearsome marauder. He was such a brute he’d take all your loot, then he’d sail off with your daughter.

Who’s this loathsome rat ye say who sailed the seven seas. He’d take on all the merchant ships and bring 'em to their knees.

Grogg Mayles! Grogg Mayles!
Black hearted to the core
Grogg Mayles! Grogg Mayles!
The gold he did adore.

With a hand on the wheel and the other on his sword.
You'd get strung you up if you glanced at his hoard.
Yes he was properly 'ard as nails and they called him Grogg Mayles.

Now I get the feelin you’re not hearing how frightening he would be. He could skin your chest right through your vest while he cutlassed off your knees

He’d plow his ship through storms and seas no other pirate dared.
He'd plunder all the lubber's loot no treasure chest was spared.

Grogg Mayles! Grogg Mayles!
Black hearted to the core
Grogg Mayles! Grogg Mayles!
Pirate provocateur!

Now is he dead cos we’re not sure.
I thought I saw him at the tavern next door.
Yes he is rather fond of ale and they call him Grogory Mayles.

Ride of the Valkyries[edit | edit source]

This shanty is a rendition of Richard Wagner's musical piece of the same name from his opera Die Walküre. The in-game shanty does not seem to have any known lyrics.


Summon the Megalodon[edit | edit source]

This shanty was added during the Hungering Deep event was used during the event to "summon the megalodon". It currently doesn't have any known lyrics.


We Shall Sail Together[edit | edit source]

We Shall Sail Together is a shanty that appeared in the Cinematic Trailer from E3 2016[1]. It was composed by Robin Beanland and sung by Anna Hon. The lyrics were written by Chris Allcock. Only Pirate Legends can play it on a certain part of the outpost taverns, in order to open a secret entrance to the Athena's Fortune Hideout. The full version of the shanty was included as a playable shanty in-game in the Haunted Shores update.

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Lyrics

Cloaked in folds of midnight waters
Side by side, we sons and daughters
We set forth for no king's orders
But we'll sail together.

Hold fast! Tides are turning
Flames roar, fires are burning
We'll all be returning, if we sail together.

All on the waves shall know our story,
Sing of the battles fought ashore
We all shall thrive on fame and glory
When we sail together.

Words of warning have been spoken
Ancient creatures have awoken
Still, until our bond is broken
We shall sail together.

Who Shall Not Be Returning[edit | edit source]

Who Shall Not Be Returning was released in The Seabound Soul (Content Update), and it was the main soundtrack of the content update and Tall Tale. This song was sung by Chloe Kwok, audio intern at Rare. This shanty was included as a playable shanty in-game in the Haunted Shores update.

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Lyrics

Hold fast, tides are turning....
And the fire is burning.
Who shall not be returning.
We Shall Sail together...

Stitcher's Sorrow[edit | edit source]

Stitcher's Sorrow appeared for the first time in the Forsaken Shores update trailer[2]. Stitcher Jim is the one who sings the shanty in that trailer. It was composed by Robin Beanland. The lyrics were written by John McMurtrie and sung by Francis Magee as Stitcher Jim. This shanty is not yet in the game, even tho it appeared in the Forsaken Shores Content Update[3] trailer, at the minute 2:33. It can also be heard inside the game in a couple places such as the heart of fire tale. It has also been revealed that it will come soon to the game as a playable shanty, and that it will be an important piece in a future tall tale. This shanty was included as a playable shanty in-game in the Haunted Shores update.

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Lyrics

The Devil's Roar, a land left unexplored.
The Devil's Roar, the omen the ignored.
And those who land, upon her shore.
Best write to those, who they adore.
Just ask, the souls who came before.

Those poor, forgotten sailors.

Jolly Good Fellow[edit | edit source]

This already known song was included as a playable shanty in-game in the Haunted Shores update.

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British version's lyrics

For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow (pause), and so say all of us
And so say all of us, and so say all of us
For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow (pause), and so say all of us!

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American version's lyrics

For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow (pause), which nobody can deny!
Which nobody can deny, which nobody can deny
For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow (pause), which nobody can deny!

Happy Birthday[edit | edit source]

This mythical song could be heard in some music boxes around the Sea of thieves, and it was included as a playable shanty in-game in the Haunted Shores update.


1812[edit | edit source]

1812, better known as the '1812 Overture', was a song composed by Tchaikovsky, and is well known for its use of real Cannons as instruments. It was written in 1880, much later than the era of piracy which Sea of Thieves is set, but nonetheless included as a playable shanty in the Haunted Shores update.


Seek the Dead[edit | edit source]

Seek the dead was first heard in the first Sea of Thieves's short haul video back in 2016[4], and it was then the main soundtrack of the trailer of Festival of the Damned update. This shanty could also be hear in music boxes around the Sea of Thieves and it was finally included as a playable shanty in-game in the Haunted Shores update.


Maiden Voyage[edit | edit source]

Maiden Voyage is the main theme of the game. It can be heard all around the game, like the intro cinematic of the game, in the Maiden Voyage, and since the Haunted Shores content update, as a playable shanty.


Oh Hail, the Pirate Lord[edit | edit source]

Despite not being playable in Sea of Theives, Oh Hail, the Pirate Lord can be read from a Journal found on Islands.

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Lyrics

Beyond the ocean, rocks and mist, lies a secret none can tell. Filled with booty, grog and reminisce, its my crews true place to dwell.
Oh where will I find a haven safe to stash my hoard? Hush now, you sea urchin! Just take it to the Lord!
He waits amongst a pile of gold. He wants them chests, unearthed, found and stole.
Just give em' up and then you'll see...Pirate Legend, maketh thee. Now set sail for destiny! Oh hail, the Pirate Lord!
Beyond horizon, reefs and port. Be a place that none can see. Stocked with parchment, grog, and long lost maps. It be filled with mystery.
Oh how will I make my ship a legend that's adored. Hush now you land lubber! You haves to please the Lord!
He waits amongst a pile of gold. Tell him, the things, to your crew never told.
Just serve him and then you'll see...Pirate Legend maketh thee. Now angle those sails for destiny! Oh hail, the Pirate Lord!


12 Deeds of Giving[edit | edit source]

12 Deeds of Giving was a shanty released alongside the Festival of Giving (2020) update. The song lyrics tell all the 12 challenges that pirates needed to complete during the 12 Deeds of Giving event.

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Lyrics

For the First Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
...a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the second Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the third Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the fourth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the fifth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the sixth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the seventh Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Seven Outpost Outing
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the eigth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Eight Quests Embarkin
Seven Outpost Outing
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the ninth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Nine Skellies Slaying
Eight Quests Embarkin
Seven Outpost Outing
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms <re /> Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the tenth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Ten Legends Searching
Nine Skellies Slaying
Eight Quests Embarkin
Seven Outpost Outing
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the eleventh Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Eleven Cannons Cursing
Ten Legends Searching
Nine Skellies Slaying
Eight Quests Embarkin
Seven Outpost Outing
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!

For the twelfth Deed of Giving,
adventures brought to me...
Twelve Chickens Drumming
Eleven Cannons Cursing
Ten Legends Searching
Nine Skellies Slaying
Eight Quests Embarkin
Seven Outpost Outing
Six Ships-A-Sinking
Five stolen things
Four Hauling Booms
Three fresh hens
Two Total Dives
...and a Monster that Rose from the Sea!


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