I enjoy listening to Two Steps From Hell's song "High C's". The name is quite obviously a pun on the high seas (the ocean) and High C (the note).


What does the song have to do with the ocean? Why the pun?


I can't make out the lyrics but the beginning riff is a hornpipe melody. The hornpipe is a country dance that is danced on a single spot, excellent style of dance for sailors looking for recreation. Hence it was adopted by the Royal Navy. Hornpipes to this day evoke images of sailors dancing on deck.

  • I would agree --and would add only that it is not merely the opening riff that emulates a sea shanty, but portions of the entire song. It would make great soundtrack music for a scene set on the open ocean. Compare Gilbert & Sullivan's emulation of a similar sound for their nautical operetta, HMS Pinafore Sep 11 '17 at 13:48
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    Don't forget Pirates of Penzance! When Patrick was a little lad. . . Sep 11 '17 at 14:36

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