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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.

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

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

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

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“Stove By a Whale” by Scissorfight 603 represent!

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

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

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“Sailing to Nowhere” by Broken Bells

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

“Sail” by AWOLNATION

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“I Used To Be a Sailor” by Tracy Chapman

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“Sailing” by Christopher Cross

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“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.

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