Underwater Song Challenge

Today I present you with a song challenge. This is different from a mash-up though, because here, the object is not to mash the songs together. Here, I want you to decide which is a more successful song in terms of their message or story. Both of the following two songs deal with living under the water and how it is better to living on the shore.

First up is “Octopus’ Garden” by Ringo Starr of The Beatles. (Also, check out this little clip. It’s pretty cute.) Ringo sings of the joy of living in a glorious undersea garden, with all the common luxuries one can find by living in the sea. Take these lyrics that pleasantly describe how nice and happy you can be when you live beneath the waves:

We would be warm, below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves.
Resting our head, on the sea bed
In an octopus’ garden near a cave.

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do.
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden with you.

The next song up to this challenge is “Under The Sea” from Disney’s movie, The Little Mermaid. This song puts up a good fight because Sebastian sings all about how fantastic living under water. Sebastian glows about how pretty much everything is better “down where it’s wetter” because frankly, if you’re a fish and you’re on the land, it means you’re dead. I mean, he’s got a pretty convincing point there. Check out his lyrics:

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else’s lake.
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake.
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor.
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin’ for?

Under the sea.
Under the sea.
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter.
Take it from me.
Up on the shore they work all day.
Out in the sun they slave away.
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’.
Under the sea.

Allright. So you pick the better song. Which song is more successful at convincing you that living under the water is the way to go?


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