Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This Ain't Your Mamma's Music

Instead of ripping the hood off of another fairytale this week, I thought I'd give fresh ears to one of our childhood favorites. I would think the majority of us have, at some point in our lives, hummed a few bars to the tune What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor? Our parents probably chuckled in amusement. The lyrics aren't exactly G-rated, but we didn't know any better. Now that we are grown and parents ourselves, as our kids listen to our music collections we are going through those same phases. When does cute transform in to inappropriate? I certainly wouldn't want my kids belting out the chorus to Drunken Sailor at a playdate. God forbid their teacher talk about Jesus and the fishermen and my kid belts out part of that tune.

The alternative is to ban it from the playlists in our house, and that is just not going to happen. This version of the song by Captain Tractor just kills it. They are a Canadian group described as playing a punk-influenced variant of Celtic folk music. However one describes their music, you will never sing this song the same way again. Put on your earphones and crank this bitch up. This ain't your mamma's music.



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6 comments:

Creepy said...

I went to college in Canada... and no matter what bar we were at, 'Drunken sailor' would always play...near the end of the night at everyone's drunkest and we all would drunkenly belted it out...

thanks for that little stumble down memory lane...

only a movie said...

Good stuff.
Hi Creepy. :-)

Blues said...

I know every word to this song from having worked for a few years in an Irish pub where every single weekend the band did a version of this.

A Free Man said...

I don't know this band but they remind me of Flogging Molly and The Pogues - good genre.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

@Creepy: You're welcome! It's fun, isn't it!

@onlyamovie: Love the family vibe going on here!

@Blue: Do you find yourself humming it, or are you all Sailored out?

@AFreeMan: If you ever get a hankering, try Spirit of the West's Home for a Rest. If you spent any time in London you may get a kick out of it.

faemom said...

I was never introduced to this, but I remember a kiddie song to the music. The lyrics were completely different though.