Songs of the sea: a quartet of musical gems

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Poetry and Music

Together with nautical art and literature, songs of the sea have been conspicuously neglected by the maritime press. But who would be surprised? The maritime establishment, to which journalists kowtow like worshippers in a temple, cares little for such things. It is a kind of parochialism, a failure to see how much richer the maritime world is because of songs inspired by the sea.

Lullaby — Song of the Sea

Lullabies are not only for children. This song, poignantly rendered by French singer Nolwenn Leroy, is from the 2014 animated fantasy film, Song of the Sea (read the film review by The Guardian newspaper)

Davy Jones — Pirates of the Caribbean

This song is based on the character theme for Davy Jones, the main antagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Hauntingly beautiful, it is arguably one of the best love songs to come out of movieland.

And Yet / Sting

English musician Sting sings about a sailor and his love with controlled angst. Read my commentary on the song  here.


British baritone Roderick Williams injects magic into Sea-Fever, a popular poem by John Masefield, with Julius Drake at the piano.

~Barista Uno

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