Manic Monday - (Wooden) Ships

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, December 03, 2007


Go check out the updated count of grains donated over at Anndi's.

Check out the MANIC MONDAY posts over at MO'S today for the word SHIP

Our weekend was both extremes and we will chat about them tomorrow...but for today, when we saw the word SHIP...musically, one thing came to mind...


"Wooden Ships"
Composed by David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Paul Kantner
Crosby Stills & Nash

"Wooden Ships"

The song was written on Crosby's boat in Florida. Crosby wrote the music, and Stills and Kantner wrote most of the lyrics.

Kantner could not be credited on the original release of Crosby, Stills & Nash due to legal issues, but he is credited on the 2006 re-release. The song was also released by Jefferson Airplane the same year on the album Volunteers. Both versions are considered to be original versions of the song, although they differ slightly in wording and melody.

Crosby recorded a solo demo in March 1968, with the melody but no lyrics at this stage. Stills recorded his own demo the following month with most of the lyrics now in place.

Wooden Ships was written at the height of the Vietnam War, a time of great tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. It was one of the few songs of that era that openly dealt with the ever-present fears of an apocalyptic nuclear war (preceded by Tom Lehrer's "We Will All Go Together When We Go", and "Eve of Destruction", sung by Barry McGuire).

The song depicts the horrors confronting the survivors of a nuclear holocaust, where presumably two sides have virtually annihilated each other (and everyone else). One man from each side stumbles upon the other, and they reflect on the pointlessness of the conflict.

14 Of Your Sparks

  1. You are so knowledgable about music and musicians. It's very impressive :-)

  2. I do not always like your music but I did today.

  3. Julie Says:
  4. I know I can always learn when I visit here! Great job Mr. Vinny!

  5. Schmoop Says:
  6. Ahhhh you mentioned one of my heroes. Tom Lehrer. Cheers Vinny!!

  7. 108: Well some of it is research....but most of it comes from the brain cells

    SARGE: well, glad I could entertain today

    JULIE: TY darlin'....

    MATT-MAN: Just for you dude....

  8. wow bond, i did not know that! great post...

    smiles, bee

    ps: went back this week looking at old stuff and other than my granddaughter lala, you were my first ever commenter! what about that?

  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. first thought I had when I saw "SHIP" was friendSHIP .... thanks for yours over the years, kind Sir! btw ... there's going to be a new little shining "star" in my life! just call me "Grandma Joy"...

  11. I never knew that about the song. I'm such a dummy, and I've always liked that song. You think I would've known that.

  12. wooden ships
    timely, oh so timely

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. Your blog is in ship shape! Come over to my ship deck!

  15. BEE: Wow.. I went back and checked to see what i had written...WOOOO...I was the firstest! LOL

    JOY: Congrats on the news....all the best

    SONGBIRD: Hey, I did not know part of it either...research is a great thing! LOL

    MO: You called out the word Sir...i just had the connection....

    DON'T MAKE ME: TY for stopping by...

  16. Travis Cody Says:
  17. Both versions are fantastic.

    Thanks for the history...I was aware of the CSN but not the Airplane.

  18. Mimi Lenox Says:
  19. I consider myself musically well-informed but much of this was news to me. Thanks for the lesson.

  20. RW Says:
  21. Damm good tunes Vin! Sorry I am late stupid ISP acting up. Hope ya had a good weekend!


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