Swimmer Theme Songs

troubletrouble San FranciscoMember
edited February 2018 in General Discussion
Some swimmers are so larger-than-life that they require theme songs. Here's one I thought up for @Sharko, a fellow member of the South End Rowing Club. Feel free to loudly sing it to the tune of Rawhide!

Swimming, swimming, swimming, keep that Sharko swimming,
Swimming, swimming, swimming - Sharko!

Headed to the buoys
To check the temps daily
Might seem kind of scary - Sharko!

But he is acclimated
He is refrigerated
He's chilly but invigorated!

In all kinds of weather
Sharko's tough as leather
With mustache and goggles on his side

Bubble caps - put 'em on!
Cam-er-as - in your pants!
He is ready to swim - Sharko!
Swimming, swimming, swimming - SHARKO!



  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited February 2013
    Any other songwriters out there?

    Let's turn this thread into a contest. Best swimmer theme song wins a bubble cap, courtesy of the Marathon Swimmers Forum!

    We'll keep the contest open for a while...
  • AquaRobAquaRob Humboldt Bay, CACharter Member
    As a counter to @trouble's rawhide Sharko song I present you my version which is sung to the tune of the American classic Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice...
    Alright Stop
    Bubble cap and listen
    Sharko's out swimming with fishes
    A sea lion grabs a hold of him tightly
    But his mustache says 'you better not bite me'

    Will he ever stop?
    Yo, I don't know
    Swim in the dark and he'll glow

    To the extreme, rock bubble caps and big goggles
    We'll light up the bay and then take a walk in some sandals


    Can I win a Grammy for this? :)
  • troubletrouble San FranciscoMember
    edited February 2018
    One for you, @aquarob! From @evmo and me.
    (to the tune of 'Immigrant Song')


    I come from the land of the fog and dunes
    Where marine mammals spawn and
    Sharks eat you

    The bearded in the surf,
    Whose swim suits scare children away
    To swim through kelp,
    Avoiding seals
    Morro Rock I am coming

    On we swim with
    Flailing arms
    Our only goal will be Del Monte Beach!


    [photo credit: Allison B. via Rob Aquatics]

  • AquaRobAquaRob Humboldt Bay, CACharter Member
    Ok one more and then I need to stop this, haha... this one isn't for anyone in particular and is sung to the tune of Bush's Glycerine

    It must be my swim, it's sinkin' in
    It must be for real, my armpits can feel
    Goggles by Hind, that's not my kind
    I'm not finished on time, try not to wonder why
    Everything's gone numb, everything's grey
    Now you're here, now you're away
    I actually want this, remember that
    I'll never forget, where we're at

    Don't let the swims go by
    Vaseline, vaseline

    I'm never alone, friends on the boat all the time
    Have you puked on one, or do you lie
    we lube up our wheels, where everyone feels
    But when waves rise, I'm on adventures like seals
    If I treated you bad, paddle'd bruise my face
    Couldn't love you more, GU has a beautiful taste

    Don't let the swims go by
    Could have been easier on you
    I couldn't change though I wanted to
    Should have been easier by three
    Our old friend fear and you and me

    Vaseline, vaseline
    Don't let the swims go by, vaseline
    Don't let the swims go by
    Ah, ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

    Vaseline, vaseline
    Oh, vaseline, vaseline

    Don't you whine again
    Don't you whine again
    As waves roll around me

    I needed you more, you wanted me less
    Could not piss, just regress
    The coast is clear, simple, and plain
    Well that's just fine, my spot tracker gains

    Don't let the swims go by
    Could've been easier on you you you
    vaseline, vaseline
    vaseline, vaseline
  • this is the song that my dad made up on the way to Dover and us singing it

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited September 2013
    Too soon?

    (Sung to the tune of The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour"):

    Swim on... swim on in the mystery current.
    Swim on... swim on in the mystery current.
    Swim on (no matter what the weather), swim on in the mystery current.
    Swim on (you don't need any cal'ries), swim on in the mystery current.
    The magical mystery current is waiting to sweep you to shore.
    Waiting to sweep you to shore!

  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Mem​ber
    edited September 2013
    @evmo: not too soon!

    I had a few keeping me company last weekend, but this one stayed with me the longest. Set to the tune of 'This is the Song that Never Ends', from Lambchop.

    This is the lake that never ends
    It just goes on and on my friends
    Some people started swimming it, not knowing what it was
    And they'll continue swimming it forever
    Just because....
    Repeat (for a few hours)
  • kejoycekejoyce New EnglandSenior Member


  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member
    edited February 2018

    Roger Alan Wade "If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough."

  • IronMikeIronMike Northern VirginiaCharter Member

    Frightened Rabbit, "Swim Until You Can't See Land."

    We're all just carbon, water, starlight, oxygen and dreams

  • kejoycekejoyce New EnglandSenior Member

    So I bumped this post as a bunch of us sat around in VT this weekend and the musical re-telling of @gregoc 's experience at the Lake George event came up. We wound up adrift into the early morning, far from the rest of the boats, after the swim had been called and our boat engine died.

    Selected verses, to the tune of 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald', in vague chronological order and as composed by Greg and the crew:


    "The legend lives on from the Mohawk on down, Of the big lake they called "Andiatarocte"

    "Poor Greg plowed ahead although he felt dead, with the wind and the chop and the rain
    He said with a grin, 'this lake may just win... But look! Up ahead! There's Elaine!"

    "Ole Phil had to pee so he said 'Kellie please'...Will you please take a turn at the wheel?
    The boat took a spin and turned Phil to the wind, and Phil swore and he cursed a great deal"

    "When the clock struck one we knew we were done, and the engine died without warning,
    When the clock struck two we knew we were screwed, and stuck on the water 'til morning."

    "Phil smuggled some scotch in the crack of his crotch, as the boat drifted south of the narrows"

    "And, smuggled aboard, the whiskey adored, by the crew of the Great Greg O'Connor
    The dance that ensued, was nothing but rude on the night of the Lake George Fandango"

    "Does anyone know where all the spirits do go, when we've drifted from minutes to hours?
    There comes a time when you're to tired to rhyme, and your love for the water f-ing sours."

    "The mariners say they'd have made still bay, If Greg put five more miles behind him
    The church bells chimed, they rang five fucking times
    For each one on the boat called O'Connor"

    [Photo of the crew upon rescue by a local sheriff's deputy, basking in the glow of the police blues]


  • GlobalSwimmerGlobalSwimmer New York NYMember

    I'll have to go with the Spanish, hip-hop song "Nadando libre " (swimming free), sung by Hector Ramirez - who in 2013 became the first person to swim the Strait of Gibraltar butterfly.

    Below is the link to the video with lyrics for those that read Spanish - enjoy!

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    I can usually associate a swim with a song. Here are a few:

    USS 25K Nats (1995): Bin Jovi "Keep the Faith"
    1996: Van Halen "Unchained"
    1997: Motley Crue "Kickstart My Heart"
    1999: Metallica "Master of Puppets"
    2000: Slayer "Reign in Blood"

    1999 and 2000 Tampa Bay MS: offspring "Pretty Fly For a White Guy"
    2001: Metallica "Sad But True"

    1999 Lac St Jean: Rolling Stones "Monkey Man"

    2001English Channel: Motley Crue "Same Old Situation'

    2008 1500 pool WR Age Group swim: Judas Priest "The Ripper".

    These were just the good swims. 2000 Key West: "Closing Time" Semisonic. That was a slow day.

  • The creativity out there is AMAZING! swimmer25k - I love the musical taste.

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • kejoycekejoyce New EnglandSenior Member

    "Oh, the North Sea sings
    "Won't you come to me baby?
    Oh won't you come to me?""

    I've no hard plans to swim the north channel, but this song by one of my favorite bands makes me think about it every time for obvious reasons.

  • timsroottimsroot Spring, TXCharter Member

    Yesterday morning, thanks to my 3 year olds current tv preferences, it was the theme some from paw patrol

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