Nautical Disaster

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"Nautical Disaster"
Nautical Disaster.jpg
Single by The Tragically Hip
from the album Day for Night
ReleasedFebruary 1995
GenreRock, alternative rock
Songwriter(s)The Tragically Hip
Producer(s)Mark Howard
The Tragically Hip singles chronology
"Greasy Jungle"
"Nautical Disaster"
"So Hard Done By"
Music video
"Nautical Disaster" on YouTube

"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.[1] 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".[2] 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".[3]

Live performance[edit]

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".


The song was covered by singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge, both on his 2014 EP Spring Is a Girl and his 2021 album Islands.


Chart (1995) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[1] 26


  1. ^ a b "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 10, April 10, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Gord Downie’s moving images were made with words". Toronto Star, October 19, 2017.