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    Music about the Sea

    Seems like especially British composers and bands like to write music about the sea, but of course there is much music written about it.

    Procol Harum - A Salty Dog, Whaling Stories
    Renaissance - At the Harbour, Sounds of the Sea
    ELP - Pirates
    Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
    Al Stewart - the Dark and the Rolling Sea, Peter and the White Sea
    Steeleye Span - Let her Go Down
    Sandy Denny - The Sea, The Sea Captain, The Northstar Grassman and the Ravens
    Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony no. 1 "A Sea Symphony"
    Sir Edward Elgar - Sea Pictures
    Frederick Delius - Sea Drift
    Claude Debussy - La Mer

    That's only a start. Seems like a favorite subject to write about in music.

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    We did this theme on my radio show! Here's the playlist -

    PROG ROCK DEEP CUTS WITH IAN BEABOUT #96 – Songs for Ships and Seas

    Intro, Prog Rock Deep Cuts
    The Beach (Pt. II), Jethro Tull
    Arnald, Cardiacs

    A Salty Dog, Procol Harum
    Fish / The Salmon Song, Steve Hillage
    Send Him Seaworthy, Knifeworld
    Ship Ahoy, Frank Zappa

    Sea Song, Robert Wyatt
    Last Straw, Robert Wyatt
    Summerday Sands, Jethro Tull
    Flying Dutchman, Jethro Tull

    Surf’s Up, The Beach Boys
    Sailor’s Tale, King Crimson
    Here Comes The Flood, Robert Fripp
    Carried Home, echolyn

    Poseidon’s Creation, Eloy
    Lemme Take You to the Beach, Frank Zappa
    The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution, Frank Zappa
    Big Ship, Cardiacs

    Shaping The River, The Sea Nymphs
    A Thousand Strokes And A Rolling Suck, The Sea Nymphs
    Wreck, Gentle Giant
    The Sheltering Waters, Necromonkey

    Johnny’s Far Away, Richard Thompson
    That Wave, XTC
    Mermaid Smiled, XTC
    Don’t Kill The Whale, Magellan
    Killer, Van Der Graaf Generator
    Walk the Plank, Ut Gret

    Outro, Prog Rock Deep Cuts

    https://www.mixcloud.com/progrockdee...hips-and-seas/
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    Great list, just remembered one of my favorites

    Strawbs - Grace Darling and I believe Burning for Me was about the Sea

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    One of my all time favorite tracks ever would be Mariliion's "Ocean Cloud".

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    As well as Arnald and Big Ship, there is:
    Cardiacs - As Cold As Can Be In An English Sea
    The Sea Nymphs - Sea Snake Beware

    Lots of songs by The Pogues are either sea shanties or songs of tragedy of the Irish migrating by sea - The Irish Rover (trad. Irish), Sea Shanty, Greenland Whale Fisheries, Boat Train, Drunken Boat, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Lorelei, South Australia, When the Ship Comes In, The Leaving of Liverpool (trad.), Thousands are Sailing, The Wake of the Medusa.

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    Great compilation so far everyone! How about:

    Fairport Convention - A Sailor's Life
    Jethro Tull - Queen and Country
    Jethro Tull - Kelpie
    The Pogues - Turkish Song of the Damned
    Pink Floyd - Echoes
    Madman Across the Water - Elton John
    Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
    '39 - Queen (a sailing story allegory)
    Wooden Ships - CSN
    Pirates - ELP
    Take Me to the River - Al Green
    Horse Latitudes - The Doors
    "And your little sister's immaculate virginity wings away on the bony shoulders of a young horse named George who stole surreptitiously into her geography revision."

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    "Mad Man Moon" is about an absence of sea, but the rippling piano break is so evocative of it that it smells like salt on wet wood and rocks.

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    Interesting that you posted this. I just started the same 'thang!' Here's my list, so far:

    Come Sail Away - Styx
    Dreamboat Annie - Heart
    Wooden Ships - Jefferson Airplane
    Flying Dutchman - Jethro Tull
    A Salty Dog - Procal Harum
    A Sailor's Life - Fairport Convention
    Six Months in a Leaky Boat - Split Endz
    I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home - Grand Funk Railroad
    Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
    Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream
    Point of Know Return - Kansas
    Rhime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
    Pirates - ELP
    Lunar Sea - Camel

    Thanks for the additional song ideas!!
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    Whoops! I forgot to add "Song of the Sea Goat" - Peter Sinfield!!
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    And fear walk hand in hand...

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    I know it was mentioned but Yellow Sub came immediately to mind. Good beer song too......

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    Gentle Giant-His Last Voyage

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    Debussy's "The Engulfed Cathedral" is a good one.

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    Just learned this morning that there's a genre of music called Salvage Songs, and heard this song, which I really liked:


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    Breakwater - Under The Sun
    The Prow - Voivod
    Peaceful Harbor - Flying Colors
    SATLTSADW - Zappa
    Brandy - Looking Glass
    Raging Waters - Testament
    Message in a Bottle - The Police (the sea is more a passive feature in this one, but without it the journey of discovery would not have been possible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by señormoment View Post
    Debussy's "The Engulfed Cathedral" is a good one.
    Oh my! That's a beaut.
    Check out Colouratura's sophomore release Unfamiliar Skies - out this spring on Melodic Revolution Records!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    One of my all time favorite tracks ever would be Mariliion's "Ocean Cloud".
    Definitely, also Estonia, maybe a couple more.

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    Nektar "A Tab in the Ocean"
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    Surf City - Crack the Sky
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=RTFR666=- View Post
    Surf City - Crack the Sky
    Hurray for Captain Spalding, The African explorer - did someone call me Shnorrer?, Hooray hooray hooray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davis View Post
    Hurray for Captain Spalding, The African explorer - did someone call me Shnorrer?, Hooray hooray hooray.
    Hey whitey...whitey...whitey...
    -=Will you stand by me against the cold night, or are you afraid of the ice?=-

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    as I listen to Elmore James and just loaded Mississippi Sheiks into my music library....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    Great list, just remembered one of my favorites

    Strawbs - Grace Darling and I believe Burning for Me was about the Sea
    Don't forget "Down by the Sea" from Bursting at the Seams.

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