“Southern Cross”

 

Crosby, Stills and Nash

ALBUM: Daylight Again

1982

CHART POSITION: Number 18 on BILLBOARD HOT 100

Songwriter(s)Stephen Stills, Rick Curtis, and Michael Curtis



Got out of town on a boat, going to Southern islands

Sailing a reach before a following sea

She was making for the trades on the outside

And the downhill run to Papeete

 

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas

We got eighty feet of the waterline, nicely making way

In a noisy bar in Avalon, I tried to call you

But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away

 

Think about, Think about how many times I have fallen

Spirits are using me, larger voices calling

What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

 

I have been around the world

Looking for that woman-girl

Who knows love can endure

And you know it will

 

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time

You understand now why you came this way

Cause the truth you might be running from is so small

But it’s as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day

 

So I’m sailing for tomorrow, my dreams are a dying

And my love is an anchor tied to you, tied with a silver chain

I have my ship and all her flags are a flying

She is all that I have left and music is her name

 

Think about, Think about how many times I have fallen

Spirits are using me, larger voices calling

What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

 

I have been around the world

Looking for that woman-girl

Who knows love can endure

And you know it will

 

So we cheated and we lied and we tested

And we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do

You will survive being bested

Somebody fine will come along, make me forget about loving you

And the Southern Cross

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