They Sing Sea Songs Down by the Seashore — Vegetarian Sea Shanties of a Sort

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog

"Colin Hunter" "their only harvest" (1879)

Their Only Harvest by Colin Hunter (1879)

In addition to my guide to sea vegetables, here’s a companion piece/guide to modern day sea shanties by vegetarian (or former vegetarian, in some cases) songwriters or bands with vegetarian members. Eat your sea veg and enjoy!

Seaweed Gatherers (1926) by Harold Harvey

Seaweed Gatherers (1926) by Harold Harvey 


Belle & Sebastian – “Ease Your Feet in the Sea”

Blur – “This is a Low”


Bob Marley And The Wailers – “High Tide Or Low Tide”

The Church – “An Interlude”

Coldplay – “Oceans”

Crime & the City Solution – “The Dolphins & the Sharks”

Eden Ahbez – “Nature Boy”

George Harrison – “Pisces Fish”

Hà Okio – “Biển Xanh Và Nắng Vàng”

張學友 – “深海”

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – “World of Denial”

John Coltrane – “How Deep is the Ocean?”

k.d. lang – “Love’s Great Ocean”

Kate Bush – “A Coral Room”

Kevin Eubanks – “The Dancing Sea”

King Missile – “The Fish That Played The Ponies”

Kula Shaker – “Drop in the Sea”

Morrissey – “Seasick Yet Still Docked”

Natalie Merchant – “Diver Boy”


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “The Weeping Song”

Номинжин – “Ocean of Love”

Paul McCartney – “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

Pearl Jam – “Oceans”

Peter Tosh – “Downpressor Man”

Philip Glass – “Winnie Goes to the Sea”

R.E.M. – “Nightswimming”

Reid Jamieson – “Take Me To The Sea”

Rita Lee – “Hulla-Hulla”

Robyn Hitchcock – “Autumn Sea”

The Style Council – “Its A Very Deep Sea”

Thompson Twins – “Storm on the Sea”

TLC – “I’m Good at Being Bad”

The Verve – “The Sun, The Sea”


Ama harvesting seaweed by Yoshiyuki Iwase 1950s
Ama harvesting seaweed by Yoshiyuki Iwase
Honorable Mention (i.e. no video found): Elvis Costello – “King of the Unknown Sea” and Percy Grainger – “Sea Song (Grettir the Strong)”


Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century varieties of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in AmoeblogdiaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art MuseumForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County StoreSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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