Treasure Island: 7. Hispaniola

The pirates follow the map to the treasure...only to find someone has been there before them and removed everything. Dr Livesey attacks the pirates who scatter. It turns out that Ben Gunn has treasure and, with the Hispaniola in their possession, the friends can return to England with their wealth. But what to do with Long John Silver..?

Tutorial: learn the song 'Hispaniola'

Tutorial: 'Hispaniola'

Key timings in the tutorial video are:

00 00: Listening to the rap, before learning the chorus, beginning: 'Hispaniola - gold and silver...'
01 20: Learning Verse 1, beginning: 'Those are the days I will remember...' Listening to each line and then repeating with the choir. At 02 53 singing through the whole verse and adding the chorus.
03 44: Learning Verse 2, beginning: 'And now our lives have changed forever...' Verse 2 is sung to the same melody as Verse 1, until the words 'Gonna swim away...'
05 38: Learning the Middle 8, beginning: 'Only when it's late at night...' The Middle 8 provides a melodic contrast to the verses.
06 55: Learning the rap, beginning: 'Watch me now...' Learning the rap line by line, gradually putting the lines together, and then joining each section together. And that's a rap and a wrap!

The story

Episode 9: the pirates follow the map to the treasure...but someone has beaten them to it


The following morning the pirates set off in high spirits to find the treasure, Long John Silver leading the way. They pass a gruesome reminder from the past - the skeleton of a young pirate left by Captain Flint as a clue to the location of the treasure. They come to the correct spot...but immediately discover that someone has been there before them and removed all the treasure. At this moment Dr Livesey attacks from the undergrowth and the pirates scatter. In the confusion Jim and Silver get away.

Later they meet up with Ben Gunn and the others and it turns out Ben had removed the treasure some time ago for safe keeping. Now, with the Hispaniola in their possession, Jim and the others are ready to return as rich men. But there remains the issue of what to do with Long John Silver...

See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.

Episode 10: the Hispaniola leaves Treasure Island...but what will happen to Long John Silver?


Jim and his friends set sail for home - taking Long John Silver as their captive. It is the intention of the Squire that Silver should see justice - most likely be tried and put to death. On the way back the Hispaniola puts in at a port and everyone goes ashore except for Jim and Silver. When Jim sees Silver attempting to leave the ship with some of the treasure he allows him to go...and the others seem happy enough with this solution to what should be done with Silver.

Back in England Jim is now a wealthy young man in possession of a fine house...but his memories of his adventure are never far from his mind.

Darby McGraw! Darby McGraw!
Captain Flint's last words

See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.

Song: 'Hispaniola'

Song 7: 'Hispaniola' (vocal)
Song 7: 'Hispaniola' (backing)

Learn the song ‘Hispaniola’ - a celebratory song to go out on.

Once you have learnt the song singing with vocal version you can polish your performance singing with just the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.


Tutorial - transcript
Song: 'Hispaniola' - lyrics
Song: 'Hispaniola' - music
Story: Episode 9 - transcript
Story: Episode 10 - transcript
Teacher's Notes
Meet the characters
Vocal warm-up

More from this series

4. Ben Gunn
5. Jimmy be good
6. Punto nero

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