The Bloodboat

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song name The Bloodboat
artist They Might Be Giants
releases TMBG Unlimited - November, (2000-2006), Podcast 49, Leaked 1999 Studio Tape
year 2001
run time 2:47
sung by John Linnell


  • From TMBG Unlimited: "The arrangement of this song is fussy enough to suggest that it was heading somewhere, but this demo seems to have hit a dead end and was never even featured on Dial-A-Song. It recently emerged that the word "bloodboat" is some kind of 19th century slang term for a ship manned by tough sailors who like fighting, but as the song makes plain, that usage is not applied here."
  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it appears another definition or use of "bloodboat" is as a vessel whose duty is to transport beef or other meat to a larger ship. Still, though, it is unlikely that John or John applied this usage to arrive at the resulting song.

Song Themes

Age, Body Parts, Death, Forgetting And Remembering, Numbers, Precious Metal, Sailing, Sea, Spoken Word, Tableware, Water


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