"Sailboats" as written by and Adam R. Young....
Sailboats wish that they were stars,
Floating softly in the sky
Among our dreams that pay goodbye

Moving through transparent space,
Drifting through the stratosphere
And onward 'till they disappear

These continents from overhead
Look like tiny paper shapes
Intricately set in place

Below the misty mountain clouds
There's a lovely silver bay
Where sunset sailors often hideaway

Scuba diver in the lock,
Speedboat driver on the dock
Sailplane pilot in the blue take me up there with you
The world looks brighter from this high altitude

I was walking through the trees (Sailboats wish they were stars)
And I was swimming through the seas (Cause they don't know who they are)
I was falling through the air
When it hit me right there
My eyes are tired; I don't even care

An airplane carried me to bed,
Where I slept above the coast
And dreamt I had become a ghost

I sail above the frozen peaks,
Deep in cold cathedral caves
Across the hills and far beyond the waves

Take the car on the run
Fly the jet to the sun
And bring the spacecraft
'n soon while I play chess with the moon
I feel like sleeping through this cold afternoon

Once in 1964 (Sailboats wish they were stars)
An actress ran on the shore (Cause they don't know who they are)

And though you'll never return,
I love you Audrey Hepburn
Sometimes I can see your face in the crowd

There are sailboats throughout this brilliant sky
But you cannot pick them out if you can't fly
I'm glad the Earth doesn't care
If I go up there
If you want to just ask me and I will take you along

Lyrics submitted by whcodered

"Sailboats" as written by Adam R. Young

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  • +4
    General CommentI like this song, it's easy to listen, and beside that, the part that I curious to know is

    Once in 1964
    (Sailboats wish that they were stars)
    An actress ran on the shore
    ('Cause they don't know who they are)
    And though you'll never return
    I love you, Audrey Hepburn
    Sometimes I can see your face in the crow

    after a little search in wikipedia, I know that Audrey Hepburn is an old time hollywood actress, and then i read about what 1964 means and I know, in 1964 Audrey act on a movie called "My Fair Lady"

    the full synopsis can be read here

    ok, that's all, I just wanna give some info if u're curious too, just like me =)
    AdamYoungAddicton August 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis is the most beautiful song on the CD, in my opinion ♥ I love the reference to Audrey Hepburn (: in the version by seagull orchestra (which i like better than this version, probably just because i heard the other version first a long time ago and memorized all of those lyrics) says "steal your statue back and we'll fall in love" instead of "sometimes i can see your face in the crowd". "steal your statue back and we'll fall in love" is refering to one of Adam Young's favorite movies, How To Steal A Million, starring Audrey Hepburn. The movie involves Audrey's character trying to steal a forged statue back from the museum in which her father had sold it to; hence the phrase. It's a really great movie, i have it on VHS (: ♥
    nsnandowlcity04on July 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my second favorite song after Flowers of the Field. It's Awesome!!
    ParasailingOwlson September 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWat? Audrey hepburn=>acttress=>my fair lady! I never knew dat=>
    SquareXIIIon November 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning"sailboats wish that they were stars"
    when adam young sings thing i have a feeling he saying Normal people want to be celebrities. It also might have something to do with people being jealous of each other.
    Justwhoiamon March 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. It instantly calms me. I love the last two lines and its a perfect ending with the mixture of two voices.
    Horizon95on September 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song gave Sky Sailing its name I think.
    linyuan123on January 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favourite songs in the World, literally. Where do i start? Beautiful lyrics, dreamy music, enchanting beat and sound effects. Whoa <3 I just love everything about this song, it's perfect. And the main lyric, "Sailboats wish that they were stars", I just get these images in my head of glowing boats drifting through the sky. Oh, so beautiful.
    OldOakTreeon September 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was originally done under the alias Seagull Orchestra. And that version is actually a bit better in my opinion.
    Amasterd20on August 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThere's something about Adam Young's voice. It's amazing that up until 2016 I had only heard Fireflies and Vanilla Twilight and on a European tour one of my mates played a song from Sky Sailing and I loved it so I shazamed it and from there I discovered a whole world fill of Owl City and Sky Sailng and only yesterday I discovered Windsor Airlift, Apes with guns, Seagull Orchestra, insect Airport, Port Blue and Swimming with Dolphins. I've become the biggest fan of Adam Young.
    dishang23on November 29, 2017   Link

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