"Sail Away Sweet Sister" as written by and Brian Harold May....
Hey little babe you're changing
Babe are you feeling sore
It ain't no use in pretending
You don't want to play no more

It's plain that you ain't no baby
What would your mother say
You're all dressed up like a lady
How come you behave this way

Sail away sweet sister
Sail across the sea
Maybe you'll find somebody
To love you half as much as me
My heart is always with you
No matter what you do
Sail away sweet sister
I'll always be in love with you

Forgive me for what I told you
My heart makes a fool of me
You know that I'll never hold you
I know that you gotta be free

Sail away sweet sister
Sail across the sea
Maybe you'll find somebody
To love you half as much as me
Take it the way you want it
But when they let you down my friend
Sail away sweet sister
Back to my arms again

Hot child don't you know you're young
You got your whole life ahead of you
And you can throw it away too soon
Way too soon

Sail away sweet sister
Sail across the sea
Maybe you'll find somebody's
Gonna love you half as much as me
My heart is always with you
No matter what you do
Sail away sweet sister
I'll always be in love with you


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"Sail Away Sweet Sister" as written by Brian May

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    General CommentThis song is definitely NOT about a 'sister' in the literal sense. "What would YOUR mother say"... Also, he is clearly "in love" with the girl, which is a lot different than simply loving someone. I believe he calls her 'sister', possibly because she is a Christian, which would explain the lines;
    "Hot child don't you know you're young
    You got your whole life ahead of you?
    And you can throw it away too soon
    Her virginity possibly?? We are clearly talking about a girl who is coming of age so to speak. Another possibility is that their relationship was very close, but not physically intimate, creating a dynamic between the two that resembles that of a brother and sister. Maybe he looked out for her the way a brother would his younger sister. It's obviously a very sad song. Axl Rose used to sing the chorus as an intro before Guns N' Roses played sweet child o' mine. He really captures the essence of the song I think. The writer is in great pain coz shes leaving him. Yet he still loves her beyond words.
    Rocknroll101on April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pure brilliance, can't believe no one has commented yet. I think it's about a woman leaving you but not for another man and you know she will return to you some day, you will always love her.
    Weave30on January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree, it seems to be about losing someone, but in you heart your in love still and someday if you return I will be waiting.
    Peelmasteron January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a kid sister growing up too quickly... I think. And her brother's unconditional love for her no matter what path she chooses.
    Bennyboyon January 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is about a sister. Probably a kid sister too, but it relates alot to my big sister and the stuff that's happened with her. This song has helped me through some pretty tough times.
    mercury_girl86on March 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song is to the sister he never had. Well, that's hat the name of the song says, 'Sail away sweet sister (to the sister i never had).' It is possible that it is a bout a christian girl, bur what does 'to the sister I never had' mean then?
    Saskia89on September 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok listen you kids...
    first of all freddy mercury was not only the most influenicial man to rock ever he was the best writer ever....

    as you know freddy mercury was gay he died of aids and i dont believe he was christain nor was this girl...

    i believe he wrote this song over a girl he considered his sister i believe it was a good freind of his who was a girl and he never got to tell her his feelings for her and she left so he writes...
    Sail away sweet sister
    Sail across the sea
    Maybe you'll find somebody
    To love you half as much as me
    My heart is always with you
    No matter what you do
    Sail away sweet sister
    I'll always be in love with you

    as you know queen is from england DUH! so i think she left to America...

    i believe it was a girl he never got to express his love to... before she left...


    this song really hits home for me.... i lost a freind who i was in love with and never told her and than she left.... but we reunited and i told her...

    so this part means the world to me
    Sail away sweet sister
    Back to my arms again
    TheSCarletTearon September 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTop songs which May sings lead:
    Sail away sweet sister
    39'
    All dead all dead
    sleeping on the sidewalk
    qdbacon September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written by Brian, not Freddie.

    Maybe the guy's sister is going off to become a Killer Queen.
    TheYipskeeon September 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon this song is about someone who is probably a pretty close friend of the person singing. Most likely someone they grew up with and so is like a sister to them (but not an actual sister). The 'sister' is most probably a few years younger, and the singer grew up and fell in love with her, but she grew up and he never told her, though it looks like she probably fell in love with someone else, then she left.
    laridaeon October 01, 2005   Link

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