Artwork “Starbuck” © by George Klauba  www.georgeklauba.com

 

To the last, I will grapple with thee! 

from hell's heart I shall stab at thee!

for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!

 

thou damned whale!

Let me then tow to pieces!

while chasing thee - 

tied to thee

damned whale!!

 

The ship is gone my captain!

 

The maelstrom of my destiny

Hidden so deep inside of me

Cursed is this madness 

and in this madness I see my torture in thee!!

 

though tied to thee, 

thou damned whale! 

Thus, I give up the spear!" 

I see my torture in thee!

 

music © 2010 by Anthony Garone Jr.

lyrics by Tony Garone © 2010 with excerpts from “Moby Dick”

Produced by Anthony Garone Jr. and William Brown

recorded at Cow Pilot Studios (AZ) 

 

Tony Garone - vocals

Anthony Garone Jr. - electric guitars, drums, percussion, bass guitar

 

What is this song about?

 

Most of the lyrics are taken directly from Moby Dick as I wanted this to be a powerful song to end the CD. Although it does not end the CD, it makes the final statement concerning Ahab’s madness and its misdirected projection of it onto Moby Dick. There’s not much else to say other than I asked Anthony to write the music to this as I just didn’t know how to approach it. Lyrically I had the idea, and I had done some preliminary musical sketches which may show up on the Ahab “Special Edition” CD, but for the most part I was largely dissatisfied with what I had done. When Anthony played me his creation I knew that it would perfectly convey the emotion and energy that needed to be expressed. I hope you will too!

 

What many people do not know about “The Chase” (which is spread out over three chapters in Moby Dick) is that Moby Dick destroys the Pequod before he kills the crew in the smaller whaling boats. I wanted this to be understood, hence the section of the song that portrays that moment. This, to me, would be more terrifying: to be out on the ocean in a tiny boat and watching the Pequod sink would be overwhelmingly horrifying!

The Chase