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Mean Low Water

by Eileen Quinn

Bluewater music - anyone who's ever been aboard a boat will identify with Quinn's hilarious and irreverent treatment of the nautical scene.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Killed The Captain
4:13 $0.99
2. Speedboat Babe
3:24 $0.99
3. See You Out There
3:51 $0.99
4. Come Back Dinghy
2:46 $0.99
5. Light On The Shore
3:20 $0.99
6. Piranha Potluck
2:46 $0.99
7. What Do You Do All Day?
2:57 $0.99
8. Building A Boat
5:03 $0.99
9. Mean Low Water
3:05 $0.99
10. Hit The Road
4:08 $0.99
11. The Golden Days Of Sail
3:42 $0.99
12. Time To Move On
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Eileen Quinn - full time cruiser and songwriter - has released her third album of original sailing music.

Mean Low Water follows on the success of her first two recordings, No Significant Features and Degrees of Deviation.

With her guitar on her 36' sailboat, Quinn has spent the past seven years sailing the eastern seaboard and circling the Caribbean.

Her songs are written with the authenticity of someone who has racked up more than 25,000 sea miles and countless beach bar performances.

Quinn's latest collection of a dozen songs proves once again she's unequalled in describing the ups and downs of the sailing life.

Just about anyone who has ever been on a boat will identify with Quinn's humorous and often irreverent treatment of the nautical scene.

In her new album's opening song, "If I Killed the Captain", she reminds the tyrannical skipper that, statistically speaking, the person most likely to kill you is your spouse - "keep that in mind (the) next time you raise your voice!"

In "Speedboat Babe", she takes wicked aim at all who would leave her in their wakes.

"The Golden Days of Sail" is a rude and hilarious send up of traditional sea chanteys in which Quinn sings longingly of days gone by when "we lost our teeth to scurvy and bathed but once a year."

Quinn explains, "For the most part, I wanted this album to be upbeat. It's dedicated to all those poor souls who are addicted to boats. Some people might think we're crazy - and maybe we are - but at least we can laugh at ourselves!"

Having said that, Quinn acknowledges that she's slipped in a few quieter songs to balance the mix.

"Building a Boat" is a spare and poignant tribute to the stubborn fool who forges his own dream.

The concluding song, "Time to Move On", marks the bittersweetness of saying goodbye - "a sailor has a restless heart, what draws us close pulls us apart."

In Mean Low Water, Quinn's self-described "blue water music" spans a range of musical styles.

The title track about going aground is aptly rendered as a gritty blues tune.

"Piranha Potluck" has a driving surf rhythm that underscores the horror of running out of food at a cruisers' potluck.

Quinn's whimsical love song for her wayward tender, "Come Back Dinghy", is pure pop.



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Catherine D

Let's all Kill the Captain
Up to Eileen's usual wonderful standard. "If I Killed the Captain" nearly caused a riot in our main saloon, as all the liveabord neighbourhood ladies howled out loud with laughter and rolled helplessly on the floor.

Bobby Overall

Another masterpiece of boating humor
This is one stinkpotter who can't wait for her next work. The music is so orginal and fun. It is a must for any cruiser.

Mean Low Water

Can't wait to start cruising again and I hope I see you out there!!

Maryjane Westra

Eileen, you are so irreverant !
Eileen, is there no person, place or tradition left untouched by your sarasm and irreverance? What's wrong with wearing a thong? You even poke fun at poor little Zodiac. I love it! You are the Tom Lehrer of the Water, the Bob Dylan of the Sea. May I be president of your fan club???

Cheryl Scholl

Eileen Did it again!!!! We have never heard such accurate cutting humor!! Have all of her albums and just ordered the latest one too... Speedboat Babe is the BEST!!!! And Building a Boat makes me cry every time.... Keep up the great work!!!


True sailing songs, AT LAST!
I've been out there and this cd tells it like it is! The good, the bad, and the UGLY. Good CD to listen to while working on your boat, where ever that may be.

Charles R

I enjoyed the CD enough to come back to write this review
I enjoyed the CD enough to come back to write this review


Great Stuff!
Enjoyed your great sense of humour! Love your lyrics and music,.....keeps me going until we can get back to our boat.

Ed Zeiser

Eileen's Best Yet...
Eileen Quinn demonstrates once again her talented songwriting and singing abilities in Mean Low Water. She not only captures the spirit of cruising and sailing, but can laugh at the tyranical captain in If I Killed the Captain (yes, we do know a few!), starvation at the marina (Piranha Potluck), but pokes fun at stink pots (power boats) in Speedboat Babe. My personal favorite is Building a Boat. We all have dreams and can relate to the man who builds a boat to fulfill his dream. This is her third CD and her best. I have all three and enjoy them all. Well done!

Trina Beneker

Remembering the Funny and Authentic Cruising Life !
Wonderful lyrics and rhythms ! These songs remind me of my cruising days in the Carribean, but would appeal to all sailors, especially those who have had to whip a a meal for a Pirana Potluck, or jumped at the Captains command. Come back dingy is my favorite... These tunes keep running thru my mind - Its been wonderful to find these modern sea songs.