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Old 10-14-05, 01:36 PM
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Best Songs About a Boat or Ship?

Not about boating in general, or about sailing, but about a specific boat or ship (real or imagined).

Wondering if you can fill up a CD with good songs about a specific ship...

The basis for this type of song would be Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and, say, Billy Joel's "Downeaster Alexa" or "Night Boat to Cairo" by Madness. Recently, we've got The Fiery Furnaces' "Blueberry Boat".

Erasure's "Ship of Fools" for example, is not about a ship or a boat, despite the title.

So, here's my attempt, and I will add your good suggestions.

1. Dionne Warwick - "Love Boat" (might as well get this one out of the way)
2. Madness - "Night Boat to Cairo"
3. The Doors - "The Crystal Ship"
4. The Fiery Furnaces - "Blueberry Boat"
5. Gordon Lightfoot - "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
6. Beach Boys - "Sloop John B" (can't believe I missed this one!)

I'm guessing we've got another 8-10 songs we could do, but I'm out of ideas.

I haven't heard "The Downeaster Alexa" in about 10 years, so I don't remember if I really like it or not.

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Sloop John B by the Beach Boys.
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There has to be a Decemberists song about a ship, right?
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Sloop John B by the Beach Boys.

that's the first thing that came to my mind




also The Descendents - "Catalina"
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"Night Boat" Duran Duran

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Kansas...
Point of no return?

Carry on my Wayward Son.


Styx...
Come Sail away.


Blues Brothers...
Sink the Bismark

Grateful Dead....
Ship of Fools

Beatles...
Yellow Submarine

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Old 10-14-05, 03:52 PM
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The Irish Rover by the Pogues (it's a fuggin' great song too)

On the fourth of july, 1806
We set sail from the sweet cove of cork
We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand city hall in new york
’twas a wonderful craft
She was rigged fore and aft
And oh, how the wild wind drove her
She stood several blasts
She had twenty seven masts
And they called her the irish rover

We had one million bags of the best sligo rags
We had two million barrels of stone
We had three million sides of old blind horses hides
We had four million barrels of bones
We had five million hogs
And six million dogs
Seven million barrels of porter
We had eight million bails of old nanny-goats’ tails
In the hold of the irish rover

There was awl mickey coote
Who played hard on his flute
When the ladies lined up for a set
He was tootin’ with skill
For each sparkling quadrille
Though the dancers were fluther’d and bet
With his smart witty talk
He was cock of the walk
And he rolled the dames under and over
They all knew at a glance
When he took up his stance
That he sailed in the irish rover

There was barney mcgee
From the banks of the lee
There was hogan from county tyrone
There was johnny mcgurk
Who was scared stiff of work
And a man from westmeath called malone
There was slugger o’toole
Who was drunk as a rule
And fighting bill treacy from dover
And your man, mick maccann
From the banks of the bann
Was the skipper of the irish rover

We had sailed seven years
When the measles broke out
And the ship lost it’s way in the fog
And that whale of a crew
Was reduced down to two
Just myself and the captain’s old dog
Then the ship struck a rock
Oh lord! what a shock
The bulkhead was turned right over
Turned nine times around
And the poor old dog was drowned
And the lass of the irish rover
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Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
a tale of a fateful trip.
That started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
the skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day,
for a three hour tour, a three hour tour………
The weather started getting rough,
the tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew,
the Minnow would be lost; the Minnow would be lost.
The ship took ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle,
with Gilligan, the Skipper too,
the Millionaire, and his Wife,
the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary Ann,
here on Gilligan's Isle.
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Downeaster Alexa - Billy Joel

Only one that came to mind, and it was in the first post. One of my favorites from him.
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Originally Posted by bralph
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
a tale of a fateful trip.
That started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
the skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day,
for a three hour tour, a three hour tour………
The weather started getting rough,
the tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew,
the Minnow would be lost; the Minnow would be lost.
The ship took ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle,
with Gilligan, the Skipper too,
the Millionaire, and his Wife,
the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary Ann,
here on Gilligan's Isle.
...or better yet, the Minnesota Vikings take on that theme:

Come sit right back and you'll hear a tale
A tale of fateful trip
That started from a small lake town
Aboard two tiny ships

The mates were a bunch of pole dancers
But the waitstaff was too pure
The Vikings team set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour

The action started getting hot
The dancers strutted their stuff
If not for the prudes in the fearless crew
There wouldn't have been such a huff

The boats turned around and went back home
The authorities came aboard
But fear not friends, 'cause all's not lost
The Vikings finally scored
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Sloop John B by the Beach Boys was also the first thing that I thought of.

For a change of pace: lead singer Mike Love's song, "Rockin' the Man in the Boat"
although it's not really about a man or a boat.
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The great band the Beautiful South and "I'll Sail This Ship Alone".




The Stranglers:

"Toiler on the Sea"

(a boat is involved)
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For a change of pace: lead singer Mike Love's song, "Rockin' the Man in the Boat"
although it's not really about a man or a boat.
So what is it about?










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Originally Posted by The Bus
5. Gordon Lightfoot - "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
I bet everyone from Canada(me included) thought of that one 1st
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Iron Maiden - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Hear the rime of the Ancient Mariner
See his eye as he stops one of three
Mesmerises one of the wedding guests
Stay here and listen to the nightmares
of the Sea

And the music plays on, as the bride passes by
Caught by his spell and
the Mariner tells his tale.

Driven south to the land of the snow and ice
To a place where nobody's been
Through the snow fog flies on the albatross
Hailed in God's name,
hoping good luck it brings.

And the ship sails on, back to the North
Through the fog and ice and
the albatross follows on

The mariner kills the bird of good omen
His shipmates cry against what he's done
But when the fog clears, they justify him
And make themselves a part of the crime.

Sailing on and on and North across the sea
Sailing on and on and North 'till all is calm

The albatross begins with its vengeance
A terrible curse a thirst has begun
His shipmates blame bad luck on the Mariner
About his neck, the dead bird is hung.

And the curse goes on and on at sea
And the curse goes on and on for them and me.

"Day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."

[Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798-1834)]

There, calls the mariner
there comes a ship over the line
But how can she sail with no wind
in her sails and no tide.

See... onward she comes
Onwards she nears, out of the sun
See... she has no crew
She has no life, wait but there's two

Death and she Life in Death,
they throw their dice for the crew
She wins the Mariner and he belongs to her now.
Then ... crew one by one
They drop down dead, two hundred men
She... She, Life in Death.
She lets him live, her chosen one.

[Narrative]
"One after one by the star dogged moon,
too quick for groan or sigh
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang
and cursed me with his eye
Four times fifty living men
(and I heard nor sigh nor groan),
With heavy tramp, a lifeless lump,
they dropped down one by one."

[Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798-1834)]

The curse it lives on in their eyes
The Mariner he wished he'd die
Along with the sea creatures
But they lived on, so did he.

And by the light of moon
He prays for their beauty not doom
With heart he blesses them
God's creatures all of them too.

Then the spell starts to break
The albatross falls from his neck
Sinks down like lead into the Sea
Then down in falls comes the rain.

Hear the groans od the long dead seamen
See them stir and they start to rise
Bodies lifted by good spirits
None of them speak
and they're lifeless in their eyes

And revenge is still sought, penance starts again
Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on.

Now the curse is finally lifted
And the Mariner sights his home
Spirits go from the long dead bodies
Form their own light and
the Mariner's left alone

And then a boat came sailing towards him
It was a joy he could not believe
The Pilot's boat, his son and the hermit
Penance of life will fall onto Him.

And the ship it sinks like lead into the sea
And the hermit shrieves the mariner of his sins

The Mariner's bound to tell of his story
To tell his tale wherever he goes
To teach God's word by his own example
That we must love all things that God made.

And the wedding guest's a sad and wiser man
And the tale goes on and on and on.
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Originally Posted by TheMadMonk
Iron Maiden - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Great song
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Originally Posted by illennium
There has to be a Decemberists song about a ship, right?
That was my first thought, but the closest I could come up with was "The Mariner's Revenge Song," which is about a mariner and not a specific boat.

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