Franzen Comes Alive: A Playlist for MOBY-DICK

Franzen Comes Alive is a series of book-related playlists.

My reading resolution this year is to finally read Moby-Dick. And in getting psyched up for it, I created this playlist of songs about whales, sailing, water and… um… you know. (Sometimes I have the mental maturity of an eight-year-old boy. But it makes me giggle.)

WARNING: As usual, this playlist is in NO WAY safe for work.

I’d love to hear what songs you’d put on a Moby-Dick playlist – please chime in!

“Singapore” by Tom Waits Arrrrrrrrrrr.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOxlFJbyl94[/youtube]

 

“Shipwrecked” by The Gothic Archies The Gothic Archies are comprised of one member: Stephen Merritt from The Magnetic Fields.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUWHUHA7Nx8[/youtube]

 

“What the Water Gave Me” by Florence + the Machine

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am6rArVPip8[/youtube]

 

“The Mariner’s Revenge Song” by The Decemberists Every Decemberists song seems like it’s taken from a novel.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaNV7eCU2R0[/youtube]

 

“Stove By a Whale” by Scissorfight 603 represent!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFXYOWOsVVo[/youtube]

 

“Come Sail Away” by Styx You know. The song Cartman sings on South Park.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5MAg_yWsq8[/youtube]

 

“Starving in the Belly of a Whale” by Tom Waits Yeah, I’m really into Tom Waits.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5zrYie3d0Q[/youtube]

 

“Sailing to Nowhere” by Broken Bells

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD28J6n8pKY[/youtube]

 

“Moby Dick” by Vitamin String Quartet The VSQ cover the Led Zeppelin classic. Sorry, no video available.

“Sail” by AWOLNATION

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH2efAcmBQM[/youtube]

 

“I Used To Be a Sailor” by Tracy Chapman

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpin3NYm0-k[/youtube]

 

“Sailing” by Christopher Cross

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7khQNR7s1Ho[/youtube]

 

“Waving My Dick In the Wind” by Ween I told you I’m immature. I originally was going to go with “My Dick” by Mickey Avalon, but it might kill people who have delicate constitutions.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-54wAE7nJI[/youtube]

 

You can subscribe to the Moby-Dick playlist on Spotify.