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Sea Song Videos ~ A-C

Sea Song Videos ~ A-C

Sea Sounded

Does the sea compose the music for musicians or does it just act as the musician's muse? Maybe both assist in the creation!

In many ways music has always been synonymous with the sounds of the sea. And now that video so easily captures and encapsulates this lure and lore, the experience can be shared and experienced more than ever before in the history of man.

While video combines sea and sailing sounds with human voices, it also unveils various views as well as provide vicarious venues for dreamers, romantics and seafarers. I have always been fascinated by how the sea inspires. Besides luring men and women to maritime

adventures and far away shores, the sea has moved salty-type, free spirited musicians to write, sing and record countless ditties, ballads, lyrics and sea yarns. This blog is the first of a collection of sea music videos: 

Note 1: Sea chanties/shanties/ditties/chants are not included.
Note 2: For those songs without video, I include video lyrics.

All the following videos are arranged alphabetically by singer/composer's first name:

4 Preps:

"Rock The Boat"

Verse1:

Boy You Know You Make Me Float

Boy You Really Get Me High

I Feel Like I'm On Dope

Cause You

You Serve Me On A Regular

Boy We Need To Tie This Rope

Before We Drift Any Deeper

There Now Hold Me Close

Boy Let's Take This Overboard Now

chorus:

I Want You To

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

(Work It In The Middle)

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

(Change Positions For Me)

Change Positions, Do Positions

Do Positions, Do Positions

(Now Stroke It Baby)

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

verse 2:

Ooooh Baby I Love Your Stroke

Cause You, Cause You Get Me To Where I'm Going

In A Jury You'll Get My Vote

Cause I Believe, I Believe You Know Just What You Doing Now

Baby Now We Can Coast

Just Don't Get In A Hurry

That's Too Slow

Go Ahead And Put That Thing In Over Drive

chorus:

I Want You To

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

(Work It In The Middle)

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

(Change Positions For Me)

Change Positions, Do Positions

Do Positions, Do Positions

(Now Stroke It Baby)

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

chorus:

I Want You To

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

(Work It In The Middle)

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

(Change Positions For Me)

Change Positions, Do Positions

Do Positions, Do Positions

(Now Stroke It Baby)

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

bridge:

I Need You To Use Yourself

Like You Never Ever Used It Before

To Explore My Body

Until You Reach The Shore

You'll Be Calling, Calling For More

chorus:

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

(Work It In The Middle)

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

(Change Positions For Me)

Change Positions, Do Positions

Do Positions, Do Positions

(Now Stroke It Baby)

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

I Want You To

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

(Work It In The Middle)

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

(Change Positions For Me)

Change Positions, Do Positions

Do Positions, Do Positions

(Now Stroke It Baby)

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

Work The Middle, Work The Middle

(Change Positions For Me)

Change Positions, Do Positions

Do Positions, Do Positions

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

Stroke It For Me, Stroke It For Me

(Rock The Boat)

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat, Rock The Boat

AWOLNATION (next two videos)

"Sail"

(from "Megalithic Symphony" album)

Sail!

This is how I show my love

I made it in my mind because

I blame it on my A.D.D. baby

This is how an angel dies

I blame it on my own supply

Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Maybe I should cry for help

Maybe I should kill myself (myself)

Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

Maybe I'm a different breed

Maybe I'm not listening

So blame it on my A.D.D. baby

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

La la la la la

La la la la la oh!

La la la la la,

La la la la la oh!

La la la la la,

La la la la la,

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Sail!

Sail with me into the dark

Sail!

Sail with me into the dark

Sail!

Sail with me into the dark

Sail!

Sail with me

Sail!

"Life In Dark Water"

Oh come away from the day, here I stay

Living on the bottom of the sea

Down metal snake corridors steely grey

Engines hum for nobody but me

No sound comes from the sea above me

No messages crackles through the radio leads

They'll never know, never no never

How strange life in dark water can be

Oh mariners spare a thought when you pass

Those who live the submarine life

Far in the deep sonar eyes never sleep

Hiding like a shadow in the night

Jet planes nose through the clouds above me

They look for radar traces of me to see

They'll never know, never no never

How strange life in dark water can be

Wonder what the stars look like

Coming out tonight

Tell my girl she must be strong

She sits and waits all night long

Just looking for a better day

She'll have to find another way to go

No memory, tell me what's wrong with me

Why am I alone here with no rest

And now the name of the ship's not the same

How long has it been "Marie Celeste?"

Now there's nobody from the crew left

Five hundred years supply of food just for me

They'll never know, never no never

How strange life in dark water can be

Arlo Guthrie

Sailor's Bonnet

Basil Poledouris

Beach Boys: (3 songs)

The Downeaster 'Alexa

Well I'm on the Downeaster Alexa

And I'm cruising through Block Island Sound

I have charted a course to the Vineyard

But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday

And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner's Bay

Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home

Too proud to leave I've worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster Alexa

And I go where the ocean is deep

There are giants out there in the canyons

And a good captain can't fall asleep

I've got bills to pay and children who need clothes

I know there's fish out there but where God only knows

They say these waters aren't what they used to be

But I've got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster Alexa

And if you work with the rod and the reel

Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis

And I still have my hands on the wheel

Yeah yo 

[x4]

Now I drive my Downeaster Alexa

More and more miles from shore every year

Since they tell me I can't sell no stripers

And there's no luck in swordfishing here

I was a bayman like my father was before

Can't make a living as a bayman anymore

There ain't much future for a man who works the sea

But there ain't no island left for islanders like me

Yea yea yea oh

Blondie

"The Tide Is High"

The tide is high but I'm holding on

I'm gonna be your number one

I'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that

Oh, no

It's not the things you do that tease and wound me bad

But it's the way you do the things you do to me

I'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that

Oh, no

The tide is high but I'm holding on

I'm gonna be your number one

Number one, number one

Every girl wants you to be her man

But I'll wait my dear 'til it's my turn

I'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that

Oh, no

The tide is high but I'm holding on

I'm gonna be your number one

Number one, number one

Every girl wants you to be her man

But I'll wait my dear 'til it's my turn

I'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that

Oh, no

The tide is high but I'm holding on

I'm gonna be your number one

[Repeat and ad lib until fade]

Blues Image

:

(later 

BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS)

"Ride Captain Ride"

(originally by Blues Image)

Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay,

Rolled off of their ship and here's what they had to say.

"We're calling everyone to ride along to another shore,

Where we can laugh our lives away and be free once more."

Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be amazed at the friends you've got there on your trip.

Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be aware of the things others just might have missed

No one heard them calling, no one came at all,

'Cause they were too busy watching those old raindrops fall.

As a storm was blowing out on the peaceful sea,

Seventy-three men were sailing off into history.

Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be amazed at the friends you've got there on your trip.

Ride captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be aware of the world others just might have missed

Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be amazed at the friends you've got there on your trip.

Ride captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be aware of the world others just might have missed

Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip.

Ride, captain ride on your mystery ship,

Be aware of a world others just might have missed.

Bobbie Darin

"Beyond The Sea"

Somewhere beyond the sea

Somewhere waiting for me

My lover stands on golden sands

And watches the ships that go sailing

Somewhere beyond the sea

She's there watching for me

If I could fly like birds on high

Then straight to her arms

I'd go sailing

It's far beyond the stars

It's near beyond the moon

I know beyond a doubt

My heart will lead me there soon

We'll meet beyond the shore

We'll kiss just as before

Happy we'll be beyond the sea

And never again I'll go sailing

I know beyond a doubt

My heart will lead me there soon

We'll meet (I know we'll meet) beyond the shore

We'll kiss just as before

Happy we'll be beyond the sea

And never again I'll go sailing

No more sailing

So long sailing

Bye, bye sailing...

Bob Segar:

In Your Time

In your time 

The innocence will fall away 

In your time 

The mission bells will toll 

All along 

The corridors and river beds 

There'll be sign 

In your time 

Towering waves 

Will crash across your southern capes 

Massive storms 

Will reach your eastern shores 

Fields of green 

Will tumble through your summer days 

By design 

In your time 

Feel the wind 

And set yourself the bolder course 

Keep your heart 

As open as a shrine 

You'll sail the perfect line 

And after all 

The dead ends and the lessons learned 

After all 

The stars have turned to stone 

There'll be peace 

Across the great unbroken void 

All benign 

In your time 

You'll be fine 

In your time

Brandy:

Looking Glass

There's a port on a western bay

And it serves a hundred ships a day

Lonely sailors pass the time away

And talk about their homes

And there's a girl in this harbor town

And she works layin' whiskey down

They say "Brandy, fetch another round"

She serves them whiskey and wine

The sailors say "Brandy, you're a fine girl" (you're a fine girl)

"What a good wife you would be" (such a fine girl)

"Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea"

Brandy wears a braided chain

Made of finest silver from the North of Spain

A locket that bears the name

Of the man that Brandy loves

He came on a summer's day

Bringin' gifts from far away

But he made it clear he couldn't stay

No harbor was his home

The sailors say "Brandy, you're a fine girl" (you're a fine girl)

"What a good wife you would be" (such a fine girl)

"Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea"

Yeah, Brandy used to watch his eyes

When he told his sailor stories

She could feel the ocean foam rise

She saw its ragin' glory

But he had always told the truth, lord, he was an honest man

And Brandy does her best to understand

At night when the bars close down

Brandy walks through a silent town

And loves a man who's not around

She still can hear him say

The sailors say "Brandy, you're a fine girl" (you're a fine girl)

"What a good wife you would be" (such a fine girl)

"Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea"

"Brandy, you're a fine girl" (you're a fine girl)

"What a good wife you would be" (such a fine girl)

"But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea"

Buster Poindexter

Cat Stevens: (3 songs)

"Longer Boats"

[Chorus:]

Longer boats are coming to win us

They're coming to win us, they're coming to win us

Longer boats are coming to win us

Hold on to the shore, they'll be taking the key from the door.

I don't want no god on my lawn

Just a flower I can help along

'Cause the soul of no body knows

how a flower grows... Oh how a flower grows.

[Chorus]

Mary dropped her pants by the sand

And let a parson come and take her hand

But the soul of no body knows

Where the parson goes, where does the parson go?

[Chorus]

[Addition verse performed in live version of this song.]

Raise your mind up and look around

You can see them, yes they're looking down

From a lonely asteroid, in a vacant void.

Dyin', but not destroyed.

"Angelsea"

She moves like and angel

And seven evening stars

Dance through the window

Of her universal house

He voice a crystal echo

Lies humming in your soul

So patiently awaiting

For your ears to behold

She ripples on the water

Leaves diamonds on the shore

And fish from every distance

Watch her ocean cellar door

Her breath a warm fire

In every lovers heart

A mistress to magicians

And a dancer to the gods

And a dancer to the gods

Her clothes are made of rainbows

And twenty thousand tears

Shine through the spaces

Of her golden ochre hair

Ooh my babe I want you

and on my life I swear

My conscience will I follow you forever

If you meet me everywhere

Yes if you if you meet me everywhere

"The Wind"

I listen to the wind

To the wind of my soul

Where I'll end up well I think,

Only God really knows

I've sat upon the setting sun

But never, never never never

I never wanted water once

No, never, never, never

I listen to my words but

They fall far below

I let my music take me where

My heart wants to go

I swam upon the devil's lake

But never, never never never

I'll never make the same mistake

No, never, never, never

Cecilio and Kapono (from Hawaii):

"Sailing Away"

Waiting at the water's edge,

Watching all the ships as they are heading for the harbour wall,

I was just a boy, I was just a boy,

Dreaming of the wide world, dreaming of the wide world;

Watching as they disappear,

Reading out the names of all the places I have never been,

Looking out to sea, staring out to sea,

Dreaming of a wide world, dreaming of the wide world;

I wish I was sailing away, sailing away,

Sailing away, with you tonight, with you tonight;

Walking down another street,

Underneath the red lights, I am watching where the shadows fall,

Looking at the girls, listening to the girls,

Dreaming of a new world, dreaming of that new world;

I wish I was sailing away, sailing away,

Sailing away, in your arms tonight,

In your arms tonight;

I wish I was sailing away, sailing away,

Sailing away, with you now, with you now...

Christy Moore:

"Sail On"

Sail on, down the line

About half a mile or so

And I don't really wanna know ah

Where you're going

Maybe once or twice you see

Time after time I tried

Hold on to what we got

But now you're going

And I don't mind

About the things you're gonna say

Lord, I gave all my money and my time

I know it's a shame

But I'm giving you back your name

Guess I'll be on my way

I won't be back to stay

I guess I'll move along

I'm looking for a good time

Sail on down the line

Ain't it funny how the time can go

All my friends say they told me so

But it doesn't matter

It was plain to see

That a small town boy like me

Just I wasn't your cup of tea

I was wishful thinking

I gave you my heart

And I tried ot make you happy

And you gave me nothing in return

You know it ain't so hard to say

Would you please just go away

I've thrown away the blues

I'm tired of being used

I want everyone to know

I'm looking for a good time

Good time

Sail on honey

Good times never felt so good

Sail on honey

Good times never felt so good

Sail on sugar

Good times never felt so good

Sail on

Crosby, Stills and Nash: (4 videos)

"Shadow Captain"

[Intro. (Slide Guitar and Piano)]

Oh, captain what are we hiding from?

You've been hiding from the start

Did some lover steal your heart

Or did the full moon make you mad?

Oh, captain why these speechless seas

That never come to land?

Oh, I need to understand

Could a little light be that bad?

[Instrumental (Piano)]

I can see your hands are roughened

By the wheel and the rope

I'd like to look to you for hope

I think it's hiding there

This boat is blacked out like a city

Awaiting bombers in the night

Oh, you hold your helm so tight

And yet the sky seems so fair

Who guides this ship

Dreaming through the seas

Turning and searching

Whichever way you please?

Speak to me

I need to see your face

Shadowy captain

In a darkened space

[Instrumental (Piano)]

If I were to spy a city

Floating just above the sea

Could we stop and look for me

Among those playing on the pier?

Or would you turn away knowing

It was still a ways away

And if I was there today

You could not see me all that clear

Who guides this ship

Dreaming through the seas

Turning and searching

Whichever way you please?

Speak to me

I need to see your face

Shadowy captain

In a darkened space

[Instrumental (Piano)]

Shadow captain of a charcoal ship

Shadow captain of a charcoal ship

Trying to give the light the slip

[Ending (Piano)]

"Southern Cross" - [Intro. (Acoustic Guitars)]

Oooh ...

Got out of town on a boat goin' to Southern islands

Sailing a reach before a followin' sea

She was makin' for the trades on the outside

And the downhill run to Papeete

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas

We got eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way

In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you

But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away

Think about

Think about how many times I have fallen

Spirits are using me larger voices callin'

What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

(Around the world) I have been around the world

(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl

(Who knows she knows) Who knows love can endure

And you know it will

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time

You understand now why you came this way

'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so small

But it's as big as the promise, the promise of a comin' day

So I'm sailing for tomorrow my dreams are a dyin'

And my love is an anchor tied to you tied with a silver chain

I have my ship and all her flags are a' flyin'

She is all that I have left and music is her name

Think about

Think about how many times I have fallen

Spirits are using me larger voices callin'

What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

(I've been around the world) I have been around the world

(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl

Who knows love can endure

And you know it will, and you know it will yes

[Instrumental (Electric Guitars)]

Oooh ...

So we cheated and we lied and we tested

And we never failed to fail it was the easiest thing to do

You will survive being bested

Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you

At the southern cross

[Ending (Acoustic Guitars)]

"The Lee Shore"

Wheel gull spin and glide ... you've got no place to hide

'Cause you don't need one

All along the lee shore shells lie scattered in my sin

Winking up like shining eyes at me, from the sea

Here is one like sunrise older than you know

It's still lying there where some careless wave

Forgot it long ago

When I awoke this morning

Dove beneath my floating home

Down below her graceful side

In the turning tide

To watch the sea fish roam

And there I heard a story

From the sailors of the Sandra Marie

There's another isle a days' run away from here

It's empty and free

From here to Venezuela nothing more to see

Than a hundred thousand islands

Flung like jewels upon the sea

For you and me

Sunset smells of dinner

Women are calling at me to end my tales

But perhaps I'll see you the next quiet place

I furl my sails

"Wooden Ships"

Black sails knifing through the pitchblende night

Away from the radioactive landmass madness

From the silver-suited people searching out

Uncontaminated food and shelter on the shores

No glowing metal on our ship of wood only

Free happy crazy people naked in the universe

WE SPEAK EARTH TALK

GO RIDE THE MUSIC

If you smile at me you know I will understand

Cause that is something everybody everywhere does

In the same language

I can see by your coat my friend that you're from the other side

There's just one thing I got to know

Can you tell me please who won

You must try some of my purple berries

I been eating them for six or seven weeks now

Haven't got sick once

Probably keep us both alive

Wooden ships on the water very free and easy

Easy you know the way it's supposed to be

Silver people on the shoreline leave us be

Very free and easy

Sail away where the mornin sun goes high

Sail away where the wind blows sweet and young birds fly

Take a sister by her hand

Lead her far from this barren land

Horror grips us as we watch you die

All we can do is echo your anguished cry and

Stare as all you human feelings die

We are leaving

You don't need us

Go and take a sister by her hand

Lead her far from this foreign land

Somewhere where we might laugh again

We are leaving

You don't need us

Sailing ships on the water very free and easy

Easy you know the way it's supposed to be

Silver people on the shoreline leave us be

Very free

And gone

NO C'MON

GO RIDE THE MUSIC

C'MON RIDE IT CHILD

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Women Take a Bow

Women Take a Bow