"Nantucket Sleigh Ride" as written by Felix Pappalardi and Gail Collins....
Goodbye, little Robin-Marie
Don't try following me
Don't cry, little Robin-Marie
'Cause you know I'm coming home soon

My ships' leaving on a three-year tour
The next tide will take us from shore
Windlaced, gather in sail and spray
On a search for the mighty sperm whale

Fly your willow branches
Wrap your body round my soul
Lay down your reeds and drums on my soft sheets
There are years behind us reaching
To the place where hearts are beating
And I know you're the last true love I'll ever meet

Starbuck's sharpening his harpoon
The black man's playing his tune
An old salt's sleeping his watch away
He'll be drunk again before noon

Three years sailing on bended knee
We found no whales in the sea
Don't cry, little Robin-Marie
'Cause we'll be in sight of land soon


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"Nantucket Sleighride" as written by Gail Collins Felix Pappalardi

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    General Commentstill dont really get this:
    Fly your willow branches
    Wrap your body round my soul
    Lay down your reeds and drums on my soft sheets
    benkolaon December 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWas this not the theme to World In Action in the late '70's?
    nagromnaion March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this acouple of months back on the Howard Stern Show coming out of the break, and had to look up.

    "Starbuck's sharpening his harpoon
    The black man's playing his tune
    An old salt's sleeping his watch away
    He'll be drunk again before noon"

    . This sounds like a heroin addict is getting his fix while he listens to black music. Kinda backs up my theory that the greatest songs are written on and about drugs. Great song.
    justasimpleguyon October 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis has got absolutely nothing to do with drugs. Mr Starbuck was first mate on the Pequod - the whaling ship in the novel "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville.

    The Nantucket Sleighride of the title is how whalers referred to their boats being dragged along behind a harpooned whale.

    Kinda pisses on your drugs theory, doesn't it?
    Massapequaon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMassapequa has got it nailed.

    It wasn't the thene to World in Action but Weekend World.
    KAG1878on August 20, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningWho is Robin-Marie?

    And what is this line saying about her?

    And I know your the last true love I'll meet
    agirlwhowantstoknowmoreon April 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe Willow is the tree most associated with the moon, water, the Goddess and all that is feminine. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. whitedragon.org.uk/articles/…
    msbcomputeron October 09, 2014   Link
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    General Comment@Massapequa and Simple guy - I know this is a very old thread, I came here to look up the lyrics because I just saw Corky Laing play last night. You're kinda both right. Yes, there are specific references to Moby Dick. But the whole song IS a metaphorical tale about drug abuse, especially the poignantly great line "And I know you're the last true love I'll ever meet." Think about, wow. During the show Corky talked about why he wrote the song, dedicating it to all his rocker friends who "lived too fast and died too young." We all heard it from his own mouth, so that's that.
    sybil11155on July 05, 2017   Link

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