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Rod Stewart - Sailing

(gavin sutherland, 1972)

I am sailing, I am sailing,
Home again cross the sea.
I am sailing, stormy waters,
To be near you, to be free.

I am flying, I am flying,
Like a bird cross the sky.
I am flying, passing high clouds,
To be with you, to be free.

Can you hear me, can you hear me
Thro the dark night, far away,
I am dying, forever trying,
To be with you, who can say.

Can you hear me, can you hear me,
Thro the dark night far away.
I am dying, forever trying,
To be with you, who can say.

We are sailing, we are sailing,
Home again cross the sea.
We are sailing stormy waters,
To be near you, to be free.

Oh lord, to be near you, to be free.
Oh lord, to be near you, to be free,
Oh lord.

According to the Sailing Songfacts, Stewart recorded his version of this Sutherland Brothers song at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with a choir assembled by Bob Crewe, the Four Seasons' producer. It became his third UK chart-topper and the following year, it was revived following it's use as the theme music for a BBC TV documentary series about the HMS Ark Royal, this time peaking at #3. The combined sales of the 2 releases meant this is Stewart's biggest ever selling single in the UK with 955,111 copies sold.

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