|Single by The Tragically Hip|
|from the album Day for Night|
|Genre||Rock, alternative rock|
|Songwriter(s)||The Tragically Hip|
|The Tragically Hip singles chronology|
"Nautical Disaster" is a song by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was released in February 1995 as the third single from the band's 1994 album, Day for Night. The song peaked at number 26 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart. The song was performed by the band on their 1995 appearance on Saturday Night Live, along with their previous single "Grace, Too".
The song is one of several Tragically Hip singles which were first performed as improvised bridge jams during live performances of the band's signature song "New Orleans Is Sinking". However, many of the lyrics had already been written by 1993: as part of the coverage of the 1993 Another Roadside Attraction festival tour, Gord Downie had agreed to send Toronto Star music writer Peter Howell a postcard from Vancouver to detail his thoughts on the first performance — and the postcard that Downie ultimately sent consisted of most of the lyrics to "Nautical Disaster". Downie told the writers of the Canadian rock history Have Not Been the Same that the nautical disaster referenced in the song was based on the 1941 sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.
In the version which appears on the band's 1997 live album Live Between Us, Downie incorporates a verse from "Bad Time to Be Poor", a song by that concert's opening act Rheostatics, and a verse from Jane Siberry's single "The Temple".
|Canadian RPM Singles Chart||26|
- "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 10, April 10, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
- Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
- "Gord Downie’s moving images were made with words". Toronto Star, October 19, 2017.