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Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin) (5:49)

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This song, written by Pappalardi/Collins, is about the experience of being towed along in a small boat by a harpooned whale (Nantucket Sleighride being the term used by Nantucket whalers) The person to whom the song is dedicated, Owen Coffin, was a young seaman on the Nantucket whaleship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. After being adrift for some months, the near-starved survivors, during January 1821, began to eat the bodies of those… read more


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