Put on your sailor hats everyone. This Monday Stitely’s got a sea story for you that’s better than finding the white whale called Moby Dick. Call me Ishmael! Today’s song, “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” comes from the Decemberists. This song has all the folk and none of the fluff. Although it is a longer song, it’s jam packed with an amazing story of revenge, if you can’t tell from the title.
To summarize; The singer acts as one of two men who are the sole survivors after their ships were eaten by a giant whale. As they sit in this whale the singer tells of how he already knows the other survivor. This story includes foolish love, stolen money, a dying mother asking for revenge, a broken boy’s childhood, the search to avenge the mother, years of waiting, and a rough sea journey that ends with being eaten by a giant whale. Yep. That all happens within one song.
The complex lyrics are something the Decemberists are known for in their songs but this song in particular is a crowd favorite. Since its introduction back in 2006, it has been the band’s closing song for their concerts and when played live the audience is encouraged to act out the song by screaming as if they are being swallowed by a whale.
Fun, enlightening and interactive, what more could you ask for out of a song? Here’s a comic rendition of the song if that helps at all. Also as extra fun, check out the accordion player on Portlandia as she tries to book a gig by calling herself Sparkle Pony. Enjoy your Monday everyone!