Still glaring from the city lights
Into paradise I soared
Unable to come down
For reasons I'd ignored.

Total confusion,
New things I'm knowin'.

I'm standing on the shoreline
It's so fine out there
Leaving with the wind blowing
But love takes care.

Know me, know me
Show me, show me
New things I'm knowin'.

Wind blowing through my sails
It feels like I'm gone
Leaving with the wind blowing
Through my sails.

Lyrics submitted by H-bomb

Through My Sails song meanings
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    General CommentI've always had the feeling that this song is about coming too a brand new city to settle down. You've left your old life and love behind, and are about to start over.
    The third verse, is about the person reflecting over the new canges in his own quiet place, trying to see his own roots. Standing alone on a beach, where the waves keeps rolling in, is about the fact thant everything is changing, always. And the beach can often bee looked at as unaffected by man.
    The main person just has too float along with the changes, and try to make the best of it, even though he might not like it
    Limeson November 09, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe it's because it came after the harrowing "Ditch Trilogy" (Time Fades Away, Tonight's the Night and On The Beach), but I used to get an ethereal "imagining death" vibe from this song. Maybe I saw Neil "On the Beach" again, with all deathly imagery that conveys, but the spooky lightness of his voice singing "it feels like I'm gone" reminds of the Yes song "To Be Over".

    Knowing what I know now about Neil's life at the time, he had just gotten into sailing (maybe through Crosby) and bought a place in Hawaïi. So the most serene and tranquil, relaxed interpretation is probably what it's about. Just getting away from it all on his boat in Hawaïi. "Paradise" is Hawaii.
    Moonmadnesson September 27, 2013   Link

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