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#317: Sail Away by Randy Newman

10.18.2011


Sail Away by Randy Newman (1972)

Favorite Track(s): "Sail Away" and "Lonely At the Top" and "He Gives Us All His Love" and "Old Man" and "Burn On" and "Dayton, Ohio - 1903"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Gosh darn it, Randy Newman, I thought I told you to GET THE FUDGE OUT! I swear, if one, just ONE of the songs on this album makes me think of a Pixar movie, I will lose it.

(Post-Listening) My expectations were blown out of the water! I should have known that any album that references sailing in its title couldn't be bad even if it tried. There were strings! And moving lyrics! A variety of styles and moods! And I felt like I was in You've Got Mail ("Lonely at the Top" is on the soundtrack)! This album was marvelous.

Here are some of the super sad lyrics from "Old Man" (which was beautiful to listen to):

Won't be no God to comfort you
You taught me not to believe that lie
You don't need anybody
Nobody needs you
Don't cry, old man, don't cry
Everybody dies

I wonder if he wrote that for his dad. Much of the album deals with religion and faith and God. I found it fascinating and challenging. The song "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" will stay with me a long, long time (which even if you don't agree with it, the best music should).



Randy Newman, well done.

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