Artwork “Queequeg” © George Klauba - www.georgeklauba.com
Head peddling island savage
Tattooed from head to toe to nose ring
to nose ring
Clutching his tomahawk
I can’t help wondering about him
to fear him
Queequeg - the savage harpooneer!
Queequeg - the object of my fear!
Kneeling before his idol
His dark and heathen ways escape me
(How can I understand?) intrigue me (He’s from another land!)
I start to wonder ‘bout him
He seems a decent chap to be with
(He seems to understand) to be with (the God in every man)
Queequeg - the savage harpooneer
Queequeg - my ignorance is clear
Queequeg - The savage harpooneer
Queequeg - My ignorance is clear
And as I grow to know him
His pagan ways evolve beyond me
(his ways are not our own) and through me (therefore he stands alone)
But who am I to judge him?
His truth is his alone to ponder
(his truth is not our own) His rainbow (therefore he stands alone)
Queequeg - the savage harponeer
Queequeg - a friend I hold so dear
music and lyrics © 2010 by Tony Garone
Produced by Anthony Garone and William Brown
recorded at Cow Pilot Studios (AZ) and First Wave Digital (NY)
Tony Garone - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Kenny Garone - chapman stick
Annmarie Garone - vocals
Johnny Monkey - tin whistle
William Brown - electric guitar
Casey Carney - drums and percussion
PJ Cardinal - keyboards
Marcos Viveros - violin
Rex Lorganthrip - Steel Drums
What is this song about?
“Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.”
- William Butler Yeats
Covered with a labyrinth of tattoos, Queequeg was the physical embodiment of his religion. A shaman, we are told, inscribed Queequeg’s body with the stories of his mythos. Yet Queequeg was unaware of the theology of his belief system as he lived a simple life worshipping his “pagan” god, Yoyo.
Unlike Ahab, Queequeg did not quest to find the meaning of the Universe, he was simply part of it.
Upon first meeting Queequeg Ishmael was terrified. Queequeg was different from anyone in Nantucket or anywhere else for that matter. Like most of us, Ishmael feared what he did not understand. But unlike most of us, eventually Ishmael began to accept Queequeg’s culture and they became inseparable friends. Ishmael had an open mind and an open heart and learned to accept others for who they were. This song attempts to convey Ishmael's transformation from ignorance to understanding.