I left on a whim
Clean up the kitchen
Please, remind the kids
and need my permission

Picture me
Glistening, overseas
nnnh, nnnhhh, nhhh

I missed weekend shule
third time this summer
my truest amor
left for Yeshiva

picture me
glistening, overseas
nnnhhh, nnh, nhh


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sailing by night song meanings
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    General Commenti haven't had time to analyze this song, but it's oh so lovely
    the8eson January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the predominant idea explored in Sailing By Night is that of the physical presence (or its lack, rather) of a lover in proximity to the speaker: the lyrics seem to serve as a lament, indicating a longing for another who is gone. The 'picture me', 'remind the kids', and the 'my truest amor' all point to an almost elegiac tone, expressing a sorrow (nor for having 'left on a whim', but for the necessity of the separation).

    And while the speaker seems entirely entrenched in a sort of despair for his faraway lover, he is also unable to describe the immensity of his happiness 'glistening overseas': thus the wordless and inarticulate 'nnn', 'nnn', 'nnn's mirroring the kazoo/synth keyboard solo (a quasi-trumpet salute).
    wheresthedamnCAPO?on March 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti freaking love the kazoo part
    tacokisseson July 28, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI'm pretty sure that the lyric isn't "left for your shiva" but "left for Yeshiva," as in the Jewish school.
    Stervensonon February 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sures it's

    "i missed weekend shule
    Third time this summer"
    lakremadudeon April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTha 'kazoo solo' (Doesn't sound anything like a kazoo.) is actually a sample from a song called Rydeen from a Japanese electronic band called Yellow Magic Orchestra.
    ladyweenuson January 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSo radiohead.
    subrosa777on January 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentSo radiohead.
    subrosa777on January 08, 2014   Link

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