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Sea Song Videos Continued ~ D-F

Sea Song Videos Continued ~ D-F

And the crab said to the clam, “Hey clam! Checkin’ you out!
— Dave Grisman Quartet

Romancing the Moon Sail

Mankind has always been in love with the sea. While this attraction has often been a love / hate relationship, it is the lure of the sea that often draws humans to compose and to harmonize romantic ocean notions. Whether or not man perceives the sea and his vessel as seductive / tempting /designing females has long been debated, but what holds little controversy is that the relationships between yachts, seas, exotic islands, beautiful vistas and nature are so often similar to male / female romantic energies. Hot, cold, close, distant, embracing, rejecting, attracting, distracting, rejecting, tossing, turning, frustrating, supporting, indifferent, passionate....etc...One might even perceive all sea music manifests romantic responses in some way or another. Some might even see sailing as lunar lunacy. Flying the moon upon one's mast is absurd as romance is serious.

I believe the sea's beauty and power invigorates human attraction and courtship impulses and instincts. It seems obvious to me that the moon, stars, sunrises and sunsets (as does all natural beauty) have powers beyond our understanding. And it is music more than any other form of human expression, including poetry, that communicates this romantic impulse. Sound and sense is a powerful force. Maybe that is why a starlit night summer night sail sings romances' greatest songs. Something magical in video songs that capture these moments for all eternity.

This music post features arguably some of the most romantic sea songs ever. Note: This alphabetized list includes musicians whose first names begins with D, E or F. 

David Gray

"Sail Away"

Sail away with me honey

I put my heart in your hands

Sail away with me honey now, now, now

Sail away with me

What will be will be

I wanna hold you now

Crazy skies all wild above me now

Winter howling at my face

And everything I held so dear

Disappeared without a trace

Oh all the times I've tasted love

Never knew quite what I had

Little Darling if you hear me now

Never needed you so bad

Spinning round inside my head

Sail away with me honey

I put my heart in your hands

Sail away with me honey now, now, now

Sail away with me

What will be will be

I wanna hold you now

I've been talking drunken gibberish

Falling in and out of bars

Trying to get some explanation here

For the way some people are

How did it ever come so far

Sail away with me honey

I put my heart in your hands

Sail away with me honey now, now, now

Sail away with me

What will be will be

I wanna hold you now

Sail away with me honey

I put my heart in your hands

Sail away with me honey now, now, now

Sail away with me

What will be will be

I wanna hold you now

[Repeat chorus]

Dire Straits:

"Down To The Waterline"

Sweet surrender on the quayside

You remember we used to run and hide

In the shadow of the cargoes I take you one at a time

And we're counting all the numbers down to the waterline

Near misses on the dogleap stairways

French kisses in the darkened doorways

A foghorn blowing out wild and cold

A policeman shines a light upon my shoulder

Up comes a coaster fast and silent in the night

Over my shoulder all you can see are the pilot lights

No money in our jackets and our jeans are torn

Your hands are cold but your lips are warm

She can see him on the jetty where they used to go

She can feel him in the places where the sailors go

When she's walking by the river and the railway line

She can still hear him whisper

Let's go down to the waterline

Single Handed Sailor

Two in the morning, dry-dock town

The rivers rolls away in the night

Little gypsy moth she's all tied down

She quiver in the wind and the light

Yeah and a sailing ship just held down in chains

From the lazy days of sail

She's just lying there in silent pain

He lean on the turist rail

A mother and her baby and the college of war

In the concrete graves

You never wanna fight against the river law

Nobody rules the waves

Yeah and on a night when the lazy wind is a-wailing

Around the Cutty Sark

Single handed sailor goes sailing

Sailing away in the dark

He's upon the bridge on the self same night

The mariner of dry dock land

Two in the morning, but there is one green light

And a man on the barge of sand

She's gonna slip away below him

Away from the things he's done

But he just shouts "Hey man, what do you call this thing?"

He could have said "Pride of London"

On a night when the lazy wind is a-wailing

Around the Cutty Sark

Yeah the single handed sailor goes sailing

Sailing away in the dark

Doors:

"Land Ho!"

Grandma loved a sailor, who sailed the frozen sea 

Grandpa was that whaler and he took me on his knee 

He said: "Son, I'm going crazy from livin' on the land 

Got to find my shipmates and walk on foreign sands" 

This old man was graceful with silver in his smile 

He smoked a briar pipe and he walked four country miles 

Singing songs of shady sisters and old time liberty 

Songs of love and songs of death and songs to set men free 

Ya! 

I've got three ships and sixteen men 

A course for ports unread 

I'll stand at mast, let north winds blow till half of us are dead 

Land ho! 

Well, if I get my hands on a dollar bill gonna buy a bottle and drink my fill 

If I get my hands on a number five gonna skin that litlle girl alive 

If I get my hand on a number two come back home and marry you 

Marry you, marry you 

Alright! 

Land ho! 

[improv out]

Double:

Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise

Cherry ice cream smile I suppose it's very nice

With a step to your left and a flick to the right you catch that mirror way out west

You know you're something special and you look like you're the best

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand

Just like that river twisting through a dusty land

And when she shines she really shows you all she can

Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

I've seen you on the beach and I've seen you on TV

Two of a billion stars it means so much to me

Like a birthday or a pretty view

But then I'm sure that you know it's just for you

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand

Just like that river twisting through a dusty land

And when she shines she really shows you all she can

Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

Hey now woo look at that did she nearly run you down

At the end of the drive the lawmen arrive

You make me feel alive, alive alive

I'll take my chance cause luck is on my side or something

I know what you're thinking I tell you something I know what you're thinking

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand

Just like that river twists across a dusty land

And when she shines she really shows you all she can

Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grand

Her name is Rio she don't need to understand

And I might find her if I'm looking like I can

Oh Rio, Rio hear them shout across the land

From mountains in the north down to the Rio Grande

Do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do

Enya: (4 videos; 3 of Sail Away)

"Caribbean Blue"

Eurus

Afer Ventus

So the world goes round and round

with all you ever knew

They say the sky high above

Is Caribbean blue ...

If every man says all he can,

If every man is true,

Do I believe the sky above

Is Caribbean blue ...

... Boreas ...

... Zephryus ...

If all you told was turned to gold,

If all you dreamed were new,

Imagine sky high above

In Caribbean blue ...

... Eurus...

Afer Ventus ...

... Boreas

Zephryus ...

... Africus ...

"Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)"

Let me sail, let me sail,

let the orinoco flow,

Let me reach, let me beach

On the shores of Tripoli.

Let me sail, let me sail,

Let me crash upon your shore,

Let me reach, let me beach

Far beyond the Yellow Sea.

From Bissau to Palau - in the shade of Avalon,

From Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony,

From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon,

From Bali to Cali - far beneath the Coral Sea.

From the North to the South,

Ebudc into Khartoum,

From the deep sea of Clouds

To the island of the moon,

Carry me on the waves

To the lands I've never been,

Carry me on the waves

To the lands I've never seen.

We can sail, we can sail...

We can steer, we can near

With Rob Dickins at the wheel,

We can sigh, say goodbye

Ross and his dependencies

We can sail, we can sail...

"Boats Against The Current"

I know it's over

You know it's over

We're just going through the motions

But we're sailing separate oceans, world's apart

And you know it's breaking my heart

I was a dreamer

You were a dreamer

But perfection is consuming

And it seems we're only human after all

And we've both been taking the fall

But tomorrow, we'll run a little bit faster

Tomorrow, we're going to find what we're after at last

Feelings that we left in the past

There's romance in the sunset

We're boats against the current to the end

Maybe we're older

Maybe we're colder

So we disregard solutions

While we cling to our illusions once again

And we keep remembering when

Seasons are changing

Oh, reasons are changing

But the story isn't ending

So we find ourselves pretending one more day

Oh, while the years keep slipping away

Oh, but tomorrow, we'll run a little bit faster

Tomorrow, we're going to find what we're after at last

Feelings that we left in the past

There's romance in the sunset

We're boats against the current to the end

Oh yeah, tomorrow, we'll run a little bit faster

Tomorrow, we're going to find what we're after at last

Feelings that we left in the past

There's romance in the sunset

We're boats against the current to the end

There's romance in the sunset

We're boats against the current to the end

There's romance in the sunset

We're boats against the current to the end

Eric Wakely:

Fist Pump Sailing: 

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