"Sail On" as written by and Lionel Richie....
Sail on down the line 'bout-a half-a mile or so
And-a don't really wanna know-a where you're goin'
Maybe once or twice, you see, time after time
I tried-a to, to hold on to what we got, but-a now you're goin'
And I don't mind about the things you're gonna say, Lord
I gave all my money, and my time
I know it's a shame, but I'm givin' you back your name, yeah, yeah
Yes I'll be on my way, I won't be back to stay
I guess I'll move along, I'm lookin' for a good time

Sail on down the line, ain't it funny how the time can go on-a
Friends say they told me so, but it doesn't matter
It was plain to see that a small town boy like me
Just-a wasn't your cup of tea
It was wishful thinkin'
I gave you my heart and I tried to make you happy
And you gave me nothin' in return
You know, it ain't so hard to say, "Would you please just go away," yeah, yeah
I've thrown away the blues, I'm tired of bein' used
I want everyone to know I'm lookin' for a good time, good time

Sail on honey
Good times never felt so good
Sail on honey
Good times never felt so good
Sail on sugar
Good times never felt so good


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"Sail On" as written by Lionel Richie

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    General CommentI've heard a couple things. the first is that this is the last song he wrote with the commodores, after which he left, knowing this was inevitable. the second meaning is that he wrote this song about his first divorce.
    jtbon July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about him leaving the Commodores but masked as if its about a divorce or separation.


    "Sail on down the line
    About a half mile or so
    And I don’t really wanna know
    Where you’re goin’

    Maybe once or twice you see
    Time after time I’ve tried
    To hold on to what we’ve got
    But now you’re goin’

    Those verses refer to the creative differences and power struggles they were expericing at the time.

    "And I don’t mind ‘bout the things you’re gonna say, Lord
    I gave all my money and my time
    I know it’s a shame
    But I’m givin’ you back your name, yeah, yeah"

    Refers to he knows there will be hard feelings after he is gone and by giving back the name, he is giving back any ownership he had in the band.

    "Sail on down the line
    Ain’t it funny how the time can go
    All my friends say they told me so
    But it doesn’t matter

    It was plain to see
    That a small town boy like me
    Just wasn’t your cup of tea
    I was wishful thinking"

    Refers to friends that were telling him it was time to move on and start on his own.

    "I gave you my heart and I tried to make you happy
    And you gave me nothing in return
    You know it ain’t so hard to say
    Would you please just go away, yeah, yeah"

    Refers to he did everything he could for the band and felt like he was getting nothing back. He felt like they wanted him gone but didnt have the balls to tell him to leave.

    "I’ve thrown away the blues
    I’m tired of bein’ used
    I want everyone to know
    I’m lookin’ for a good time, good time"

    Refers to he is tired of stressing over the band and lost friendships and tired of getting used by the band. Lookin for a good time means he wants to enjoy the hard work he does and being with the Commodores, he wasnt having fun anymore.


    "Whoa, sail on, honey
    Good times never felt so good
    Sail on, honey
    Good times never felt so good"

    Sail On is basically him saying good luck and shows he has no ill feelings for being used or upset. He was mature is just saying, time to move on but Ill never forget the good times we had and that he would always remember the good times.
    acidsexon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite of the bands. Instead of saying he's looking for a 'good time', he should have said GREAT time.
    ILUVUon May 30, 2012   Link
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    Song FactThis was written for an album released in 1979, he didn't leave the Commodores until 1982, so I don't think it was about leaving his band. He married in 1975 and divorced in 1983, so again, I don't think it was about his future divorce which happened 4 years after he released the song. As far as who or what he was referring to when he wrote it..I dont' know.
    jay1097718on September 25, 2014   Link

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