Tuesday, July 29, 2008

come sail away

If you had driven by me on my way to work yesterday, you might have seen me laughing and laughing as I drove down Newcomer Road. I pretty much only listen to the radio when I am in my car. I station-surf until I find a song I know (and like) to listen to. Yesterday the intro to a song I didn't recognize came on. The music was so stupid and queer that I left it on to see what it was. Then, an odd, nasal voice started to warble, "I'm sailing away..."

Could it be? Was this the queer song that Cartman has to sing compulsively whenever someone mentions it to him? As I listened and waited for the refrain, I marveled at the grandiose music and the total inanity of the lyrics. I had never listened to this song before (because it was so stupid, and because I hate Styx) but it had to be the one.

At last - the refrain: Come sail away, come sail away... I could immediately picture Cartman singing faster and faster, unable to stop until he sang it all. I burst out laughing as I drove along and continued to laugh until the song was over.

Man, I love to laugh like that, and wish I could do it every day. I include the lyrics below in the hope that they will make you laugh, too. (I bet they will.)

I'm sailing away,
set an open course for the virgin sea
I've got to be free,
free to face the life thats ahead of me
On board, I'm the captain,
so climb aboard
We'll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I'll try, oh lord, I'll try to carry on

I look to the sea,
reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever,
so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold

But we'll try best that we can to carry on
A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope,
and this is what they said
They said

Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me

I thought that they were angels,
but to my surprise
They climbed aboard their starship
and headed for the skies

Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me.


scribbler said...

just found you.... the soul suck is not good. i can't tell you how to lift up, but it's what we all have to get around to eventually. when i was young, i used to thing something huge and grand was going to happen to me.... now i realize it is the tiny moments, even just laughing at something silly riding in your car, that are the most important. find a way to fill yourself.

anne mancine said...

Welcome, and thanks for your comment.

A year has passed since I left the job that I am now convinced was slowly killing me. I somewhat naively thought that once I quit, all my problems would be solved. That was not the case, of course.

I think it is okay, however, to be down in the dumps sometimes. I am feeling much better than I was a week ago, due in part to the kind comments and good wishes I have received here and even in person from folks I did not realize were reading my blog.

I have always celebrated those moments of unexpected laughter and pure joy one stumbles across in life, and I hope I was able to share that feeling of elation in this post. That was my intention, anyway.