Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
by Enya

Album: Watermark (1988)
Charted: 1 24
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  • 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, Ebudae 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...
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Comments: 13

  • Melinda from AustraliaI was mesmerised by this song in 1988. Apart from it being a high brow classical departure from the usual pop stuff that was around in the UK at the time. I wholly got into this song. Figuring out it was about a powerful river the Orinoco Flow I thought about for the first time, about the beauty and the attraction of water in general. Cause the song feels like you are rushing and tumbling with the river. And sailing. Sounds weird. But I'd never heard anything like music like that song before. Nobody had. It just came out of left field. And it was one of those songs that had broad appeal. Old and young really liked it. It's haunting in a Wuthering Heights Kate Bush way.
  • Brad from Topeka, KsI remember the first time I heard this song. It had just been released and one afternoon, I turned on MTV (when they actually played videos). I had missed maybe 10 seconds of the opening, but I sat through the rest of the video thinking "Oh my God! Who is this? This is amazing!" I got to the end of the video and wrote down song title and album. I actually knew her name from her speaking on the song 'Never Get Old' from Sinead O'Connor's first album, The Lion and the Cobra. Anyway, I went out and bought Watermark that very day and I have been a huge fan ever since. That was early 1989.
    This song to me is a journey...a journey that began that day when I discovered Enya on MTV. She, in my opinion, has created some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard. Orinoco Flow will always hold a special place in my heart.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhYou really get the feeling that you're going on a journey when you hear this song. The tune, the words, Enya's voice transport you, even if you're just driving down the road listening to it on your car stereo.
  • Brennan from Berlin, GermanyThis song ignited a wanderlust in me. Curious about the places mentioned in the song, I tracked each down in an atlas. Soon flipping through the pages and realizing how much there is to see in the world, I went backpacking in Europe. Now I live here.
  • Shingami from Lusaka, ZambiaOh yeah, totally love this song its one of her first songs i had and the reason i fell in love with Enyas music. The woman is gifted. Its an all out beautiful song and thanks for the geography lesson i just loved the song but now I know where it comes from.
  • James from Jacksonville, Flit makes me want to sailing
  • Michael Chambers from Houston, TxI heard this song when it first came out. However I could never catch the title. Every once in a while I would hear it but still could never catch the title. Somehow the song has a connection with my soul. It has haunted me all these years. On Sunday, 6/7/09, I heard it on the radio again but still couldn't catch the title. I made a note of the time it played, and the next day emailed the radio station and they sent me the name of the song. I bought the song from iTunes. I am now complete. My thanks go to Enya & her beautiful voice & spirit and to everyone who played a part in the song's production.
  • Lisa from Mississauga, OnYou need to hear the Libera version of this song. It will blow you away.
  • Vicki from Kissimmee, FlI love the Celtic Woman version of this song! it is one of the best out there!
  • Elson from Los Angeles, CaThis song is just about the dream of traveling the world freely. It sounds like the only line missing from this song is, "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?!"
  • Stephanie from Ellicott City, Mdmy mom loves this song. unfortunetly, she's one of those that if she likes a song, instead of playing it every now and again, she'll put the CD on repeat play. non-stop. after hearing this far too many times on car trips, i now want to curl into the fetal position and beg for it to stop when i hear it.
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InI love Enya's music. It really is soothing and very emotional. She has some unique videos as well.
  • Steve from Hamilton, CanadaWith the exception of a stretch where it forms the border with Colombia, the Orinoco flows entirely within Venezuela. Its source is just north of the border with Brazil.
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