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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride.mp3

"Nantucket Sleighride" was the term used by the whalers to explain what happened after they harpooned a whale. The first harpoon was not intended to kill the whale but only to attach it to the whale boat. Then the whale would take off... pulling the whale boat along on a "Nantucket Sleighride". The whale would tire itself out, then the leading officer in the boat would use a lance and stab the whale until dead. Felix Pappalardi wrote this song after moving to Nantucket and felt compelled to write a song describing the local lore and the perrils of whale fishing. It's a very moving tale of a fisherman who sets out to go whale hunting and never returns and is the masterpiece of the entire album. Ok Dickie Van Dyke I double dare you not to like this song as I feel it falls more in to your blinkered vision of how music is supposed to be. To buy the album click here
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