Sail Away Sweet Sister

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  • Hey little babe you're changing
    Babe are you feeling sore?
    It ain't no use in pretending
    You don't wanna play no more

    It's plain that you ain't no baby
    What would your mother say?
    You're all dressed up like a lady
    How come you behave this way?

    Sail away sweet sister
    Sail across the sea
    Maybe you'll find somebody
    To love you half as much as me
    My heart is always with you
    No matter what you do
    Sail away sweet sister
    I'll always be in love with you

    Forgive me for what I told you
    My heart makes a fool of me
    You know that I'll never hold you
    I know that you gotta be free, yeah

    Sail away sweet sister
    Sail across the sea
    Maybe you'll find somebody
    To love you half as much as me
    Take it the way you want it
    But when they let you down my friend
    Sail away sweet sister
    Back to my arms again

    Hot child don't you know you're young
    You got your whole life ahead of you?
    And you can throw it away too soon
    Way too soon

    Sail away sweet sister
    Sail across the sea
    Maybe you'll find somebody's
    Gonna love you half as much as me
    My heart is always with you
    No matter what you do
    Sail away sweet sister
    I'll always be in love with you Writer/s: Brian May
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Aline from Brasilia, --Yeah Jamie, and also, Axl used to sing the chorus of Grand Funk Railroad's "Bad Time", following "Sail Away Sweet Sister" during the Use Your Illusion Tour.
  • Nikki from Perth, AustraliaThe full title of this song is "Sail Away Sweet Sister (To The Sister I Never Had)" So yeah, it's Brian writing a song... to the sister he never had. And it's so sweet =)
  • Anna from Ann Arbor, MiThis song always makes my heart say, "Awwww..."
    It's so sweet,
    Brian seems like such a sweetheart.
  • Stefano from Rome, ItalyPay attention to the acoustic guitar part (an Ovation?): it's great!
  • Freddie from Orlando, FlBrian likes to write those kind of tragic love songs. very often if you pay attention. Bless his sad little heart.
  • Jamie from CambridgeIncidentally, this song inspired Guns n' Roses' song "Sweet Child of Mine", which was, in turn, a song to Axle's then-fiance (daughter of an Everly Brother).
    Sometimes, in concert, Axle would begin Sweet Child of Mine by singing a few lines of Sail Away Sweet Sister acapella.
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