The White Whale

November 21, 2006 9:45 PM

The weekend before last found me hanging out with my special lady friend in the historic district of New Bedford, MA. Now, New Bedford is really a rather depressing place, being one of the eastern cities that has outlived its major industry, but one lovely thing we did get to see was the Seamen's Bethel, the church in which Moby Dick's famous Father Mapple sermon was delivered. Oh, and I promise never to attempt to rap again. (And it's NSFW)

posted by The Great Big Mulp (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

And, yes, the walls really are lined with plaques, dating back some 200 years, of various captains and crews lost at sea. It really is quite intense to witness. On the other hand, this song is ridiculous.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:45 PM on November 21, 2006

Oh, I should mention that they displayed plaques giving statistics stating that it was, during both world wars, more hazardous to be a Merchant Marine than to be in the US Navy. So, yes, the last line is more a quip on Ishmael than on anyone serving in the Merchant Marines. Ha!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:50 PM on November 21, 2006

Holy shit, TGBM raps! Fuckin' hilarious! Merchant Marine Bitches.
posted by snsranch at 3:59 PM on November 22, 2006

Awesome! Top notch! I would encourage you to continue rapping. Someday I'll read the book and know what you're talking about. At this point my knowledge of Moby Dick is restricted to what I've learned from a Star Trek film and a Futurama episode.
posted by ba at 1:50 PM on November 27, 2006 [1 favorite]

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