YMMV / Great Big Sea

  • Covered Up: A few of their more popular songs are like this. Run Runaway was originally recorded by Slade, When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down) was originally by Oysterband, and Beat The Drum was originally a Runrig song (called Pride of the Summer). A cover of "Let my Love Open the Door" appeared on "XX".
  • Ear Worm: "Seeeeeeeeee the chameleon, riding there in the sun..."
    • "Way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day..."
  • Fridge Brilliance: Their video of "The End of the World as We Know It" has a lot of images of St. John's, Newfoundland, where they got their start. The easternmost place in North America, it really is the "end of the world as we know it," in a geographic, if not temporal, sense.
  • I Thought It Meant: Did you listen to their version of "Donkey Riding" and picture a farm animal? As revealed in the liner notes of Play, a "donkey" is also a nickname for a type of large winch used on ships, and that's what the song actually refers to.
  • Misattributed Song: Lots of East Coast music is mistaken for being played by GBS.
  • Tear Jerker: "Safe Upon the Shore". When wishing for your true love's return, the sea does not apparently consider 'alive' a necessary condition to be 'safe'.
    • Also "Recruiting Sargeant" and "Yankee Sailor".
    • The live recording of "England" on their XX album. Two days earlier, in Newfoundland, a helicopter had crashed while transporting workers to an offshore oil rig. Of the 18 men on board, only one survived. Sean McCann says, "For over 500 years now, we Newfoundlanders have taken from the sea. And just two days ago, she took back." He dedicates "England" to "the families of the lost 17."