I love the song “Rock In The Sea” by Shocking Blue, which incorporates some of the lyrics and spirit of the old mountain tune “I Wish I was A Rock In The Sea,” first recorded by the folklorist Bascom Lamar Lunsford.
As a fruit tree salesman, Lunsford travelled extensively through North Carolina and traded traditional tunes with his customers and acquaintances.
Jackson C. Frank borrowed from the song as well, incorporating later verses of the song into his song “Kimbie,” from his eponymous 1965 album.
A few years ago, Marianne Faithfull sang Kimbie for her Easy Come Easy Go album.
Greil Marcus wrote of the song in his book Lipstick Traces:
Yeah, what he said. That’s basically why I like this song and those it inspired.
Also, moles are practically blind, survive on earthworms and mice, and are non-existent in Ireland.