Cosmo Jarvis – Gay Pirates (Music Video)

I hadn’t heard of Cosmo Jarvis until I stumbled across his music video, Gay Pirates, on YouTube a few days ago, but he has quickly become one of my favorite new musicians. (I’ll probably be sharing a few more of his videos.)

Cosmo Jarvis is a 23-year old musician and film maker. He was born in New Jersey, but he grew up in Devon, England. Gay Pirates is from his second album, and he wrote, directed and starred in the video for the song.

AfterElton.com had a fascinating interview with Jarvis after the Gay Pirates video went viral in 2010. In discussing his motivation for the song, Jarvis said:

You know the stereotype of pirates — these gruff dudes who can take anything, they live on maggot-infested biscuits in the middle of the sea, they whip each other, they’re really tough guys.

So if one in ten guys today is gay, then one in ten guys back then must have been gay, so I was just thinking there must have been gay pirates, although pirates were very tolerant toward homosexuals for the most part. But if you did end up on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you can’t run anywhere and everybody is totally against the idea of you having a partner on the boat, I felt that it was the worst thing that could happen to somebody who was gay.

When AfterElton asked Jarvis, who is straight, whether he ever had any second thoughts about kissing another guy in the video, Jarvis had an interesting observation, which demonstrates that attitudes have definitely changed since I was his age:

No. No way. Why would you? Nobody would think twice about kissing a girl. I’d be a shit actor if I was going to get up there and think twice about it. I have to tell their love story some way or another.

It doesn’t bother me. I’ve never been shy about that kind of stuff. I’m not gay, but growing up we had this game called Gay Man Chicken, where two guys face each other, and go to kiss, to make out seriously, and whoever wimps out first is the one with the problem about being a homosexual. The guy who does it doesn’t have a problem with his sexuality, because it’s just kissing a guy. So it was just not a big deal.

The only person who really had a problem with it was my mum. She was worried people would think I was gay. I said, “Lovely. Why would you worry if people think you’re gay? If people think you’re gay, so what?” A lot of people think somebody is gay just because of the way they carry themselves, the way they act, they way they talk, and the fact is, you never know who’s gay and you never know who’s straight. It doesn’t even matter. It’s completely irrelevant. It’s just like I like chicken or I don’t like chicken. It’s no big deal.


Lyrics to “Gay Pirates”:

This water is too salty,
For me to even drink.
I’d rather walk the dreaded plank
Than stay another week.

But it’s you my love
You’re my land ahoy

And i’m sick of being beaten
And whipped and lashed to death,
I want one night with no gang-rape
But i won’t hold my breath.

But it’s you my love
You’re my land ahoy
Yeah, you’re my boy

Yo-ho, Sebastian
Let’s go far away
Somewhere where the captain won’t be mad.
Yo-ho, Sebastian
I want to love you good
We deserve much better than we’ve had.

They say they’re gonna kill me
If i look at you once more.
Pissed in my hammock yesterday,
So I’ll sleep on the floor

I’d be under the sea,
but you hold me above.

They put glass on my sandals,
So my feet would bleed all day,
And they forced me to wear them,
Or they said they’d make you pay

I’d be under the sea,
but you hold me above.
‘Cos you’re the man i love

Yo-ho, Sebastian
Let’s go far away
Somewhere where the captain won’t be mad.
Yo-ho, Sebastian
I want to love you good
We deserve much better than we’ve had.

The captain found out ’bout us,
And ordered them to throw,
Us both overboard tonight,
Together we will go.

But i’m yours you know
And I’ll love you still in hell

I hope they didn’t tie up,
Your hands as tight as mine,
I’ll see you on the bed of this
Blue ocean babe, sometime

But i’m yours you know
And I’ll love you still in hell
Down we fell
And i’m singing.

Yo-ho, Sebastian
Let’s go far away
Somewhere where the captain won’t be mad.
Yo-ho, Sebastian
I want to love you good
We deserve much better than we’ve had.

Yo-ho, Sebastian
Let’s go far away
Somewhere where the captain won’t be mad.
Yo-ho, Sebastian
I want to love you good
We deserve much better than we’ve had.

We deserve much better than we’ve had.

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Robert

"Dunrobin MacDhai" is a name I picked for myself decades ago, when I was in the SCA, in tribute to my Scots heritage. I always liked the Scottish name Dunrobin, and MacDhai is a Gaelic variation on my family's Clan name. I am a gay man in my sixties who finally accepted himself and came back out of the closet after more than 30 years of celibacy. A lover of Liberty, I am an anarchist and do not believe in the myth of "authority", whether it's the "State" or organized religion.

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