Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sail On, Sailor

Another one of my Beach Boys favorites.

From their album "Holland".

I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor

I wrest the waters, fight Neptune's waters
Sail through the sorrows of life's marauders
Unrepenting, often empty
Sail on, sail on sailor

Caught like a sewer rat alone but I sail
Bought like a crust of bread, but oh do I wail

Seldom stumble, never crumble
Try to tumble, life's a rumble
Feel the stinging I've been given
Never ending, unrelenting
Heartbreak searing, always fearing
Never caring, persevering
Sail on, sail on, sailor

I work the seaways, the gale-swept seaways
Past shipwrecked daughters of wicked waters
Uninspired, drenched and tired
Wail on, wail on, sailor

Always needing, even bleeding
Never feeding all my feelings
Damn the thunder, must I blunder
There's no wonder all I'm under
Stop the crying and the lying
And the sighing and my dying

Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor


  1. Personally, I like this one better than the last one you posted, but that's just a personal taste thing.

    At some point in the 60s, "someone" (the top 40 industry) decided every song needed to sound more psychedelic; more trip-y. And you got things like "Psychedelic Shack" by the Temptations, "Reflections" (Supremes) and other songs that just weren't quite right. I want the Supremes to sound like the Supremes, not Vanilla Fudge.

    But that's just me. YMMV.

  2. Yeah, the "Surf's Up" album was pretty radical for the Beach Boys.
    "Holland" got back closer to what they had been doing years before.
    "Pet Sounds" was the album where they really started to change.


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