Pearls of Wisdom
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It has been written that a life upon the ocean is an asylum for many a romantic, melancholy, or absent-minded soul - the very same ethos that inspires music. The swells and storms of the seas roll off the tip of many a mariner’s tongue and results in some pretty fine nautical tunes.

If you're a music lover like me, you have your own personal sound track following you around, enhancing the moments of your life. There are many songs that make my pulse race, send shivers up my spine, or set me to singing and dancing. But the ones I find most transcendent are those that embrace the spirit of the ocean and the essence of a life upon it.

Sometimes it’s the lyrics that grab my heart; the stories of sailors whose wake we follow and whose footprints we seek to also leave upon the shore; the verses that reveal the reverence we hold for our ocean home; the ballades for the cherished boats that bestow us with the freedom to ramble.

Sometime it’s the tune that seizes my spirit; the melody that mirrors the motion of the hull slipping through the waves; the cadence that embodies the thrill of filled sails; the resonance that causes us to reminisce on the little miracles and great moments of each passage.

The following list is of those songs that send me across the open water, take me to some distant shore, and most importantly, remind me what an extraordinary life this is.  If it is a song with which you are unfamiliar, click on the song's title to listen to it in youtube.

The Songs We Love to Sail To
Al Stewart ~ On the Boarder (Lyrics)
~ Year of the Cat (Lyrics)
Alexi Murdoch ~ Blue Mind (Lyrics)
 Andreas Vollenweider ~ Down to the Moon & Moon Dance
Ani Difranco ~ Grey (Lyrics)
 Ashtar Command
~ Into Dust
Billy Joel ~ The Downeaster Alexa (Lyrics)
Blind Faith ~ Can't Find My Way Home (Lyrics)
Blue Image ~ Ride Captain Ride (Lyrics)
Bob Dylan ~ Shelter from the Storm (Lyrics)
~ Canadee-I-O (Lyrics)
Bob Schneider ~ Big Blue Sea (Lyrics)
Bruce Hornsby ~ Harbor Lights (Lyrics)
~ The Tide Will Rise
Carbon Leaf ~ Life Less Ordinary (Lyrics)
~ Home
Cecilio and Kapono ~ Sailin' (Lyrics)
Chris De Burgh ~ Sailing Away (Lyrics)
Christopher Cross ~ Sailing (Lyrics)
Commodores ~ Sail On (Lyrics)
Cowboy Junkies ~ White Sail (Lyrics) Family of Osprey on the Manatee River


Cream ~ Tales of Brave Ulysses (Lyrics)
Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ The Lee Shore (Lyrics)
~ Wooden Ships
~ To the Last Whale
~ Southern Cross
~ Shadow Captain
Darol Anger & Mike Marshall
~ Dolphins
 Dave Matthews
~ The Maker (Lyrics)
David Gray ~ Sail Away with Me (Lyrics)
Death Cab for Cutie ~ Transatlanticism (Lyrics)
Dido ~ Sand in My Shoes (Lyrics)
Dire Straits ~ Down to the Water Line (Lyrics)
~ Single Handed Sailor
Donovan ~ Catch the Wind (Lyrics)
Doors ~ Land Ho (Lyrics)
Double ~ Captain of Her Heart (Lyrics)
 Eileen Quinn ~ Get Me Through this Night
Pelican on Marker 5 Enya ~ Caribbean Blue (Lyrics)
~ Orinoco Flow
Eric Bogel ~ Safe in the Harbor (Lyrics)
 Florence + the Machine  ~ Never Let Me Go
Fred Simon
~ Time and the River
Freddie McGregor ~ Big Ship Sailing (Lyrics)
Gordon Lightfoot ~ The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Lyrics)
~ Ghosts of Cape Horn
Grand Funk Railroad ~ I'm your Captain (Lyrics)
Grateful Dead ~ Lost Sailor (Lyrics)
~ Ship of Fools
Great Big Sea ~ Lukey (Lyrics)
Greg Laswell ~ Comes and Goes (In Waves) (Lyrics) Black Skimmer
Heart ~ Dreamboat Annie (Lyrics)
 Howard Livingston ~ This Boat
Ian Matthews ~ Keep on Sailing (Lyrics)
Jack Johnson ~ The Horizon has been Defeated (Lyrics)
James Taylor ~ Mexico (Lyrics)
Jim Morris ~ Laid Back and Key Wasted (Lyrics)
Jimmy Buffet ~ A Pirate Looks at Fourty (Lyrics)
~ Boat Drinks
~ Changes in Latitude
~ Son of a Son of a Sailor
~ One Particular Harbor
Great Blue Heron Joe Cocker ~ Sail Away (Lyrics)
Kalapana ~ Midnight Sailing
Kris Delmhorst ~ Sea Fever
KT Tunstall ~ Silent Sea (Lyrics)
Led Zeppelin ~ Down By The Seaside (Lyrics)
Little Feat ~ Sailin' Shoes (Lyrics)
Little River Band ~ Cool Change (Lyrics)
Loggins & Messina ~ Sailin' the Wind (Lyrics)
Looking Glass ~ Brandy (Lyrics)
Luka Bloom ~ Sunny Sailor Boy (Lyrics) White Pelicans
Lyle Lovett ~ If I had a Boat (Lyrics)
Mark Knopfler & James Taylor ~ Sailing to Philadelphia (Lyrics)
Men at Work ~ Down Under (Lyrics)
Michael Franti & Spearhead ~ The Sound of Sunshine (Lyrics)
Morcheeba ~ The Sea (Lyrics)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse ~ Sail Away (Lyrics)
~ Through My Sails (Lyrics)
Nick Cave ~ The Ship Song (Lyrics)
Otis Redding ~ Dock of the Bay (Lyrics)
Osprey Eating Paul Simon ~ The Coast (Lyrics)
~ American Tune (Lyrics)
Peter Bradely Adams ~ Full Moon Song (Lyrics)
~ The Longer I Run (Lyrics)
Peter Frampton ~ Sail Away (Lyrics)
 Prem Joshuan ~ Sky Kisses Earth
Rod Stewart ~ Sailing (Lyrics)
~ Foundwind
Sheryl Crow ~ River Wide (Lyrics)
Steve Miller Band ~ Serenade from the Stars (Lyrics)
Sting ~ Wild Wild Sea (Lyrics)
~ Why Should I Cry for You (Lyrics)
~ Valaparaiso (Lyrics)

~ Ghost Story (Lyric
Wood Stork
 Styx ~ Come Sail Away (Lyrics)
Syd ~ Sail The Sea (Lyrics)
The Alan Parsons Project ~ Days are Numbers (Lyrics)
The Beach Boys ~ Sail On, Sailor (Lyrics)
~ Kokomo (Lyrics)
~ Sloop John B (Lyrics)
The Doobie Brothers ~ The Captain and Me (Lyrics)
~ Drift Away (Lyrics)
~ Black Water (Lyrics)
The Rasmus ~ Sail Away (Lyrics)
The Refreshments ~ Mekong (Lyrics)
The Tragically Hip ~ Nautical Disaster (Lyrics)
 Tim Mueting  ~ Anagada Day (Lyrics)
Toad the Wet Sprocket ~ Walk on the Ocean (Lyrics)
  Elegant Tern Tori Amos ~ 1000 Oceans (Lyrics)
 Train ~ Drops of Juputer (Lyrics)
Van Morrison
~ Into the Mystic (Lyrics)
~ Coney Island (Lyrics)
 Verve, The ~ Blue Pacific Ocean
~ She Wanted To Leave (Lyrics)
~ Island In The Sun (Lyrics)
Will Ackerman
~ Night Slip
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