Ode To Big Blue

Album: Don Quixote (1972)
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  • The oceans of the world were the home of big blue
    He was the greatest monster that the world ever knew
    And the place that he loved best
    Was the waters to the west
    Around the blue Pacific he did roam

    Big Blue moved alone for a mighty blue was he
    And the battles of the whales was an awesome sight to see
    And he took them one by one and he drove them all away
    In the mating of the day he was the king

    Big blue had fifty wives and he sired forty sons
    Though most of them feel victim to the cruel harpoon guns
    Ah but he was too much wise to get caught by the gunners' eyes
    And so he lived at sea a hundred years

    His mouth was as large as a tunnel so they say
    His hide was thick as leather and his eyes quick and small
    And his back was all scarred by the times he got away
    And he knew the smell of whalers did Big Blue

    Big Blue passed away to his natural decay
    Beside the Arctic Circle as he travelled up that way
    And there never was a man who was born with a gunner's hand
    Who ever took a pan to Big Blue

    Now the gray whale has run and the sperm is almost done
    The finbacks and the Greenland rights have all passed and gone
    They've been taken by the men for the money they could spend
    And the killing never ends, it just goes on

    The oceans of the earth were the home of big blue
    He was the greatest monster that the world ever knew
    And the place that he loved best was the waters to the west
    Around the blue Pacific he did roam Writer/s: GORDON LIGHTFOOT
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenLightfoot's comments about this song: "A lot of people were killing whales at that time, so I thought it was time to write a sort of protest song. Environmental activism was kind of swelling in the early '70s, and then it subsided. Singers like John Denver got involved in the movement back then, but I didn't really step into the fray on that front until about 1989."
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaI think this is one of the best songs Gordon Lightfoot ever wrote, but it was never released as a singal. Brilliant lyrics. I particularly appreciate how the melody evokes the sound and feel of hearing those mammoth beasts underwater.
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