Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Song#:  1185
Date:  09/18/1982
Debut:  69
Peak:  18
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  The trio's LP, "Daylight Again," was a welcome return and it was quite successful thanks to the #9 single "Wasted on the Way." This second single also did pretty well by making into the Top 20. It also made a good dent at AC reaching #6.

ReduxReview:  "Wasted" was such a sweet throwback to their sound and highly enjoyable. But I always slightly preferred this song. The rolling rhythm accentuates the sailing lyrics and I love the call-response chorus. Even though this was not the bigger hit of the two, I think it has lived on far longer. I hear this one on occasion where I seem to never hear "Wasted." Plus, this one has been remade by several artists. It's a terrific song.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Stephen Stills co-wrote this song and provides lead vocals. He based the song on one written by Rick and Michael Curtis called "Seven League Boots." Stills took that song, refined it, and wrote lyrics about a boat trip he had taken. "Seven League Boots" is something from European folklore. It refers to boots that when worn, the wearer could go seven leagues with each step, thus being able to move incredibly quick. They were often used to aid a main character in a story. The boots are referred to in stories such as "Jack and the Giant Killer."


1 comment:

  1. Wow. I always lumped this into the 70's rock scene. Neat.