The same year The Titanic went down, so did the Christmas tree schooner Rouse Simmons. This was The Great Lakes, and the German tradition of trees for the holidays (free for the poor) was in full swing. The lore of this particular joy-bringer being lost has inspired many a sailor’s yarn.
Paul Behrend narrates and warbles “The Christmas Ship.” If you wanted to know what happened, poetical-like, here’s the folk-pop verzh.
The Patrick Brothers attempt pathos by stretching out every syllable and note in the folky “The Christmas Ship.” The flute makes it ghostly, too. But it becomes maudlin.
Mike Aiken applies more pop to his Carib maritime melody “Christmas Schooner.” It’s all upbeat here. Nobody sinks. The music, on the other hand, causes sleepiness.
Oh Papa, come look, shanties Lee Murdock in “The Christmas Ship.” The glory of the great sailing actually overshadows the tragedy here, a fine memorial.
Novelty relief oars in from Claire Margaret Corlett who only wants to kill herself “This Christmas Eve.” The flapper-style jazz is a cute contrast to lyrics like: I wanna slit my throat, or get eaten by a goat, Or tie myself up and drown slowly in a boat. (Ha ha?)
Some boats are pretty famous. They can have Xmas, or the holiday which might allude to that christened craft.
The Animaniacs will never stop in the pursuit of a shaggy dog punchline. Stay with them in their “Noel Song” as Pequod’s Ahab looks for the white whale. No whale, no whale, we ain’t seen no whale….
The Olson Bros Band wonder how you can be “So Cold on Christmas.” Like Jack in ‘The Titanic’ bombing into that iceberg, these guys were blindsided by your harsh holiday breakup. Dorm rock.
Street cred from the slang of “Ain’t Christmas Without You,” but Leroy Sanchez’s cheesy pop about missing you sinks this mess. Even though, when he DOES finally see you: I’d run all about and kiss you Titanic style. Like an iceberg?
“Christmas in a College Town” by George González makes hay with this (apparent?) oxymoron. Can’t do it! Like trying to turn The Titanic around…. More indie, but thoughtful and smart.
Other types of boats can get up to holiday hiking as well.
All Together Now use “Christmas in the Ark” as an excuse to teach us holiday togetherness (no actual masses for Christ in the times of Noah, y’see). Righteous pop.
“What Ship is This?” is the Smash Tacklers butchering ‘Three ships’ to the tune of ‘Greensleeves.’ Answer: dunno.
MOR calypso from Alan Littlefield paints a white-people paradise in the form of “Christmas on a Yacht.” Service!
David Goody wants a rip off of ‘Die Hard.’ So he sings “Die Hard on a Boat.” To ‘Feliz Navidad’ he skewers the action movies of the ’80s he deems are mere shadows of the original. You know, the Christmas movie. [BTW, it’s ‘Under Siege’… or ‘Speed 2’.]
Santa may not just deliver by any old skiff at sea. In “Christmas Island” you are advised: Wait for Santa to sail in with your presents in a canoe. (I might prefer Ella to Leon this time only.) Island pop.
The hilarity of using the birthplace of mainland surfing as a referent to Xmas has not lent itself to many holiday tunes. (To be fair, Santa Cruz is a place name to a hundred cities around the world.)
The third school assembly comedy ‘Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey’ offers a “Santa Cruise“–but it’s another travelogue for an island vacay. Oddly, this Carib beat transitions into gospel. So, uplifting i guess.
Bah & The Humbugs off their “Santa Cruise” as another jaunt away from the dreary day-to-day. More islander musicality for you. (Or an excerpt as a commercial.)
Rounding down, (the possibly computer generated) “Oh Santa” by Seasonal Songs asks to cruise the world in Santa’s sleigh. MOR pop. What a trip.
Why not a bunch boats for Xmas? A whole parade of boats, perhaps!
[Off topic for a mo: Nick Lutsko has a totally bro take on “Boat Parade!” that you might wanna check out. It’s not the holidays, not specifically, but boy is he WANTING to get to the event. Watch out for the flying sweat.]
Boat parades is part of what makes a “Florida Christmas” for 11-year-old Tamara Yasin with sassy pop Carib beatings.
Not to be outdone, California also features boat parades in deTournai’s “White Christmas Dreaming.” This dreamy bluesy slow pop feels more parade-like.
Amateur but heartfelt, G T Polerson ahoys us with his tribute to the West Coast annual event “The Christmas Ships.” Easy listening pop.
Gene Mitchell dedicates his Calypso to the “Christmas Boat Parade.” It’s cheesy in paradise, but it ticks all the boxes.