View Poll Results: What's your favorite sea ditty?

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  • Blow the Man Down

    12 16.90%
  • Drunken Sailor

    40 56.34%
  • In the Navy

    10 14.08%
  • Beyond the Sea

    7 9.86%
  • Das Leibe Schiff

    2 2.82%
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    Default Favorite Nautical Tune

    Throughout human history, from Gregorian chants to modern folk songs, music has been employed to lift spirits and unite various cultures towards common purposes. The microcosm of seafaring society is not exempt from these oral traditions, as evidenced by shanties with origins in rhythmic work chants and rousing “fo’c’sle” songs sung by off-duty crew.

    Thanks to a generous grant from the U.S. government, I have been able to conduct extensive research in the history and origins of music from the Golden Age of Sail.* As part of this research a poll was conducted in an effort to determine the most popular maritime tunes. The top five results from our poll are provided above in random order.

    It occurred to me that many of you may not be familiar with some of these tunes so I rummaged through youtube to find the best renditions available. Links to each are provided below for your reference and listening pleasure. Since many of these songs have been passed down in the oral tradition, their exact origins are difficult to pin down. The dates shown are approximate.

    Double-Click Link-->Blow the man down (Circa 1860)
    Double-Click Link-->Drunken Sailor (c. 1855)
    Double-Click Link-->In The Navy (c. '79)
    Double-Click Link-->Beyond the Sea (c. '49)
    Double-Click Link-->Das Leibe Schiff (c. '77)

    *In the United States the Golden Age of sail is generally accepted to be the era just prior to the proliferation of steam ships. (c. 1830 to 1880)
    Last edited by Coyote; 04-30-2013 at 13:55.

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    I believe you missed a very important one.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpIlLqfd_xI

    Short but a I believe a winner.....

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    Nice one. I considered these as well...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B4w4lafinU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfBwsG8ubFw

    ...but, being my first poll posting, I figured a modicum of decorum was in order.

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    decorum?? decorum...NEVER, I say never, flog that man.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz67 View Post
    decorum?? decorum...NEVER, I say never, flog that man.....
    If you haven't guessed already, I have a tendency toward setting that particular bar, really, really low.

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    Well I do like the idea of aiming for the lowest level, anything above that and I've excelled....

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    I've learned that life is more simple the lower I keep everyone's expectations of me.

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    Well since somebody opened the door, here's another one:


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    But seriously, here is one that while it was not about the sea, was very popular in several variations amongst sailors:


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    Not a traditional song but here's one for all the pirates on our site:


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    Gordon Lightfoot's - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - though not AoS, is well worth a listen.

    In the Navy?????????????????????????????


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    Crosby, Stills & Nash - Southern Cross


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    Looking Glass - Brandi - again, not AoS, but captures the sailor's heart


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coog View Post
    Well since somebody opened the door, here's another one:
    I didn't want to be the first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
    I didn't want to be the first.
    Just another one of those threads that's gone out of control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coog View Post
    Just another one of those threads that's gone out of control.
    My work here is nearly done. But first...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppYgrdJ0pWk

    lest we forget...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfSLuEj99d0

    Chew on that last little brain worm for a while.


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    When I saw this I realized why so many British sailors during the age of sail deserted to the American Navy to get away from British ships!


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    I see no one has voted- so I did! The dittys take on more meaning when you have raised a tops'l to the tune! Having heaved on a line to the tune of "Drunken Sailor" I voted for it!

    Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coog View Post
    Well since somebody opened the door, here's another one:

    Will somebody please close the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
    Will somebody please close the door.
    And nail it shut!

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    I don't like any of them.... how about fare well and ado (also known as spanish ladies)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    I see no one has voted- so I did! The dittys take on more meaning when you have raised a tops'l to the tune! Having heaved on a line to the tune of "Drunken Sailor" I voted for it!

    Eric
    Once, while in Singapore, I saw a saucy young lass perform a routine set to the third song on the list. Coincidentally, that performance involved a pole. For $50 she'll heave your line for you. Another $5 and she'll leave the sailor hat on in the process.

    Next time you're in Singapore, stop by the Jade Palace Dance Hall and Massage Imporium. Ask for Madame Wu. Tell her Lord Captain Charles, the Second Beef of Wellington sent you and the first Singapore Sling will be on the house. And please give Madame Wu my warmest regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pward View Post
    I don't like any of them.... how about fare well and ado (also known as spanish ladies)?
    I'm afraid I don't know that tune. However, I can sing softly and far, far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
    Will somebody please close the door.
    Apparently, nautical nonsense is not something you miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
    Apparently, nautical nonsense is not something you miss.
    Don't miss it at all.

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    Does the Intruder March from Flight of the Intruder or "Hymn to Red October" count?

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    I like this version of 'In the Navy'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
    Throughout human history, from Gregorian chants to modern folk songs, music has been employed to lift spirits and unite various cultures towards common purposes. The microcosm of seafaring society is not exempt from these oral traditions, as evidenced by shanties with origins in rhythmic work chants and rousing “fo’c’sle” songs sung by off-duty crew.

    Thanks to a generous grant from the U.S. government, I have been able to conduct extensive research in the history and origins of music from the Golden Age of Sail.* As part of this research a poll was conducted in an effort to determine the most popular maritime tunes. The top five results from our poll are provided above in random order.

    It occurred to me that many of you may not be familiar with some of these tunes so I rummaged through youtube to find the best renditions available. Links to each are provided below for your reference and listening pleasure. Since many of these songs have been passed down in the oral tradition, their exact origins are difficult to pin down. The dates shown are approximate.

    Blow the man down (Circa 1860)
    Drunken Sailor (c. 1855)
    In The Navy (c. '79)
    Beyond the Sea (c. '49)
    Das Leibe Schiff (c. '77)

    *In the United States the Golden Age of sail is generally accepted to be the era just prior to the proliferation of steam ships. (c. 1830 to 1880)
    Hi Charles,
    you wrote Das Leibe Schiff, but I did not find a song like this. Do you mean Das Liebe Schiff ? Or do you mean the song "Weiß ist das Schiff, das wir lieben"?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT3uqhFfLhg

    Is that the right song?
    Greetings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Aubrey View Post
    Hi Charles,
    you wrote Das Leibe Schiff, but I did not find a song like this. Do you mean Das Liebe Schiff ? Or do you mean the song "Weiß ist das Schiff, das wir lieben"?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT3uqhFfLhg

    Is that the right song?
    Greetings
    Jack, the song titles in my first post are clickable links to the songs. Just double click on the titles. Although, being from Germany you might not recognize "Das Leibe Schiff" when you hear it since it's really an American song.

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    In the Navy - no other choice for me.

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    I made the hyperlinks in the first post a little more obvious for those of you who may not have known they were there.

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    For the fans of "Master and Commander" here's the complete song that was being sung around the Captain's table:


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    Get your lighters out, boys. It's power ballad time.

    Last edited by Coyote; 04-30-2013 at 19:37.

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    My ship, HMS Incorrigible, is an equal opportunity vessel. To prove the point, here's one for the Church-goers (if any exist out there).



    As if the point wasn't already proven with In The Navy.

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    OK, So just how did this one get missed?


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    Not necessarily a Nautical tune, but always made me laugh when I saw it.

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    I had to vote for Drunken Sailor with only the options and the fact that it was the tune for the old Sid Meir's Pirates! game. But I'm glad to see some of the others posted.

    It was mentioned but no link so...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34v1hyfHXdQ

    Ulrich already posted my personal choice, but the wrong version...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKnIi05XNK4


    And there's also...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeI03Xn-clc

    This ones' a bit 'harder' than Blondie and such but...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaiJE8ndADE


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    Bravo Zulu for all who continue to capture the true spirit of this thread.

    Well done, and thanks.


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    This ones' a bit 'harder' than Blondie and such but...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaiJE8ndADE

    I love the Alestorm tune. I was glad to see someone class up this thread with a little metal. The best I could come up with was this, (not nautical) tune with supposed 17th century origins. The lyrics include booze, women and gunfire so it's not all bad.


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    Alestorm has a lot of well themed tunes to get your inner Pirate good and worked up. I will always have a soft spot (?) for good old metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    I like this version of 'In the Navy'.

    You beat me to it, David!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Z View Post
    You beat me to it, David!
    Yessss, that`s funny

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    What`s about this ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRIAoqrNayw

    or

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqs0ZAJngls

    a little bit romantic, but good

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    For all you pirates out there looking for treasure, here's where you might find some...


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    Charles, remind/inform us about your grant? In the midst of our song-sharing flurry, that somehow was overlooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7eat51 View Post
    Charles, remind/inform us about your grant? In the midst of our song-sharing flurry, that somehow was overlooked.
    We're both from the Chicago area so I'll put it to you in a way you'll easily understand...For anyone willing to keep "overlooking" any previous mentions of a grant, there may be an open position for "research assistant" on the "Nautical Beverages Project" made possible through the generous support of yet another taxpayer funded government grant.
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    Hmmm. The Nautical Beverages Project. I think I will have to PM you about that.

    So you live in Gray's Lake. Any good restaurants up there?

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    And I wonder why Parkinsons Research Funds are so hard to come by

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