"Sailing" as written by and Carter Burwell....
Well, it's not far down to paradise, at least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

It's not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy, it gets the best of me
When I'm sailing
All caught up in the reverie, every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me?

Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Well it's not far back to sanity, at least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find serenity
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see.
Believe me.

Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free


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"Sailing" as written by Carter Burwell

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    General CommentI LUV THIS SONG!!! I can pissed off about anything and this song calms me down.
    It is so pretty!!!!
    bngipsonon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI remember hearing this song as a child. Brings back nostalgia and memories of Lake Michigan (grew up in Chicago). Makes me feel like I'm literally sailing........HOWEVER, has anyone thought (as I did for the first time tonight) that this song could be a song about how a drug takes you away to that special place? "But it's not far back to sanity," the song says...NEVER did I ever think this song had references to escapism via drugs, but I think such a conclusion could be a viable interpretation. What does anyone else think?
    sawyourfaceon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard when Christopher Cross wrote this song, he said this song could represent anything, he just randomly chose sailing as the metaphor
    allen314159on September 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love driving along the coast with the windows down and taking in the fresh ocean air and bumping sailing. it makes me think of loves lost and all those to come. there is so much potential when your are single and ready to mingle
    bigtuna18on June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSan Antonian Cross wrote a beautiful song about sailing. :) It always reminds me of my sailing days that I plan on returning to in a few short years. :) I remember he won like a kabillion Grammies the year it came out-'81(?). :) Great song!
    redshiftdazzleron July 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song brings me full body relaxation everytime...I dunno what I'd do without it. All going after your dreams with (to me anyway) a spiritual push. I doubt I'm interpreting it correctly, but I've always liked it that way and found that way helped it relate to my life (which I try to make all music do).
    thinkitbeiton June 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a purty one. Dreams and an imagination are indeed wonderful things.
    ToroTrashon August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a summer song and it calms my senses. I love this song. This should be included, if ever, in a compilation of one of the greatest songs in the 80s.
    King Aragornon May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's truely an amazing song

    quick note: the album came out in '79
    rickeatworldon November 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's so cheesy, but it gets me every time. and if i ever want to butter my mom up i just play this and the world's mine.
    inbetweenmoleculeson March 23, 2006   Link

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