Billy Bragg and Wilco – Secret of the Sea

This great pop song was written by Woody Guthrie in 1939. Billy Bragg and Wilco recorded their version of the song on the album Mermaid Avenue, Volume II (#88) in 2000. The album contained lyrics by Guthrie and music by Bragg and Wilco. On this song, the music was by Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

I heard this song many times on an alternative station in Nashville…Lightning 100 in the early 2000s. This project was conceived by Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie and Mermaid Avenue (#90) came out in 1996. It has everything I like in a song. Catchy chorus and jangly guitars.

 

Secret of the Sea

Who can guess the secret of the sea?
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
If you can guess the secret of my love for you
Then we both could know the secret of the sea

Tell me could you ever tell the secret of the sea?
These high rolling waves along the shore
The footprints of the lovers that come here to love
By the tides washed away forever more

Who can guess the secret of the sea?
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
If you can guess the secret of my love for you
Then we both could know the secret of the sea

You claim to know the secret of a kiss and a hug
The secret of the grass and of the trees
If you can tell the secret of a warm friend’s hand
Then we all would feel the secrets of the sea

Who can guess the secret of the sea?
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
If you can guess the secret of my love for you
Then we both could know the secret of the sea
We both could know the secret of the sea

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

19 thoughts on “Billy Bragg and Wilco – Secret of the Sea”

    1. No I didn’t… I didn’t know there was one… I want to see it now. It’s very interesting they did this. You would have thought Dylan would have been doing this.

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  1. Good song and record. Sounds very in line with early Wilco (can’t really hear Billy Bragg’s influence in it). I need to try to check those records out, Ilike Wilco and find them one of the more under-rated American bands of the last couple of decades

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