Via my friend (and former shipmate, aboard a houseboat on Portage Bay in Seattle) Emily, Tom Waits and Keith Richards join forces to just kill it on what may be my favorite sea chantey:

If you like the sound of that, there is a whole album coming out next month. From the Anti Records website:

Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys, produced by Hal Willner, will be released February 19 on Anti-Records. Executive produced by Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, the compilation two-disc recording of sea shanties features Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon and many more.

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2 Responses to Shenandoah

  1. gabe says:

    This is a sea chantey? I always took “across the wide Missouri” to mean the singer has gone west.

    • Sam says:

      According to Wikipedia, it may have originated with river boatmen and made its way onto seagoing ships sometime in the mid-1800s…

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