♫ Sailing ♫

Christopher Cross won three Grammy Awards for this song: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist.  Even so, he says he never expected the song to be a hit:  “I thought the song was way too introspective.”

On the process of writing the song, he tells …

“I was just at home sitting in this cheap apartment, sitting at the table. I remember coming up with the verse and chorus, and the lyrics to the first verse of the chorus all came out. These tunings, like Joni used to say, they get you in this sort of trance, so all that came out at once: ‘It’s not far down to paradise…’ The chorus just sort of came out.

So I got up and wandered around the apartment just thinking, ‘Wow, that’s pretty f–kin’ great.’ I just thought, ‘That’s really cool.’ So then I sat down and had to try to come up with other stuff to make the rest of the song, but I thought I had something there.

Then it took about two years before I had a bridge to that song, because the modality of the modal tuning thing, it gets pretty linear, and you’ve got to be careful. There are writers – I won’t mention who – whose songs can get kind of boring because everything’s this modality. So I knew I needed to lift the song out of that modality in the bridge and make key changes.

It took about two years before I came up with the bridge that changes all the keys to where it lifts, but it was a pretty special moment.”

And just in case any of you wonder what song I was singing tonight as I washed dishes, it was …

♫ Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer wiener … That is what I’d really like to beeeee… eeee …eee  ♫ 

Remember that I am tone deaf, and you’ll be thankful you don’t have to actually hear me!  And now, I give you … Christopher Cross!

Sailing
Christopher Cross

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

Songwriters: Carter Burwell
Sailing lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

4 thoughts on “♫ Sailing ♫

  1. I loved “Sailing” from the moment that I heard it. I remember that Cross said it was taken from summer memories of sailing with a friend. I found a much deeper meaning in it for me personally, as a sort of metaphor for life. I thought of the word “canvas” as my mind being set free to journey through life. I always felt uplifted every time that I heard the song and instantly transported to my own never-never land. The music, even without the lyrics, is captivating to me. Thank-you! Total aside…I also thought of Cross’s “Think of Laura” and then started humming “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austen and James Ingram. Probably because it was another song made a hit by its use on General Hospital back in the 80’s. My “canvas” is sailing far from sanity!

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    • You make me laugh, my friend, for your mind works much like mine does … one thing leads to another and pretty soon I have no idea how it got from point A to point X! I’m happy I chose a song with such meaning and memories for you! Have a great weekend!

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