Thousand-year–old Sea Hag

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A lifetime ago, I knew a guy named Chris Jannuzzi. I worked with him at Logicat. I wrote software; he wrote content; we worked together. He was in a band. He was a musician. He might still be.[1] I learned a lot about music from him, his deep love for James Brown and his band, for example. I first heard of Vince Guaraldi from him. Gained an appreciation for vodka gimlets, on the other.

He gave me a song, once, that he and his band had written and recorded in the pretty amazing studio that he had in his basement in his home on Long Island. I don’t know anybody else in the band, other than “Todd”, of whom Jannuzzi told many ripping yarns. Todd was the drummer, a confirmed stoner and an all-around bon vivant and accidental philosopher.

The song is on many of my favorite-song lists, as well as on those of my wife. It’s really good. It’s called “Sea Hag”.

Hello sailor, hello sailor, c’mon and wave your flag. C’mon and dance with, make romance with, a thousand-year–old sea hag.

She was born
when the Earth was young
and solid crusts
were far and few

Scrapin’ barnacles off of
some sea captain’s hull
That’s how her salty
sea-hag legend grew

Hello sailor
Hello sailor
C’mon and wave your flag.
C’mon and dance with,
make romance with,
a thousand-year–old sea hag.

Ponce de Leon,
Captain Hook,
and Columbus
all knew her worth.

On the deck dreamin’
Collectin’ seaman
all over God’s salty Earth

Hello sailor
Hello sailor
C’mon and wave your flag.
C’mon and dance with,
make romance with,
a thousand-year–old sea hag.

Bridge/solo/laughing

Hello sailor
Hello sailor
C’mon and wave your flag.
C’mon and dance with,
make romance with,
a thousand-year–old sea hag.

Hello sailor
Hello sailor
C’mon and wave your flag.
C’mon and dance with,
make romance with,
a thousand-year–old sea hag.

Thousand-year–old sea hag.


[1] He has, apparently, been “getting the band back together”[2], as evidenced by the article ‘Mixed Vegetables’ Hungry For More by Jano Tantongco on August 2017.
[2] Hat-tip to Akroyd’s Elwood Blues.