Song of the World's Last Whale

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Pete Seeger (Stormking Music, BMI)

Story

 

Written by the great American singer-songwriter, Pete Seeger, this song warns of the imminent danger faced by these extraordinary beings and calls on humanity to save “our singers in the sea.” It’s a wake up call to do all we can to save the majestic whales if we are to save ourselves.

Lyrics

 

SONG OF THE WORLD'S LAST WHALE

By Pete Seeger 

 

I heard the song of the world's last whale

As I rocked in the moonlight

And reefed the sail.

It'll happen to you

Also without fail

If it happens to me

Sang the world's last whale.

 

It was down off Bermuda

Early last spring

Near an underwater mountain

Where the humpbacks sing.

I lowered a microphone

About a quarter mile down

Switched on the recorder

And listened for the sound.

 

I didn't just hear grunts,

I didn't just hear squeaks,

I didn't just hear bellows,

I didn't just hear shrieks.

It was the musical singing

And the passionate wail

That came from the heart

Of the world's last whale.

 

Down in the Antarctic

The harpoons wait

But it's up on the land

We'll decide their fate

In London town

They'll be telling the tale

If it's life or death

For the world's last whale.

 

So here's a little test

To see how you feel

Here's a little test

For this Age of the Automobile

If we can save

Our singers in the sea,

Perhaps there's a chance

To save you and me.

 

I heard the song

Of the world's last whale

As I rocked in the moonlight

And reefed the sail,

It'll happen to you

Also without fail

If it happens to me

Sang the world's last whale

If it happens to me

Sang the world’s last whale


Words and music by Pete Seeger © Stormking Music (BMI)