For My Sunday Song #60, I am highlighting my favorite Crosby, Stills & Nash song “Southern Cross”. The song was released in September 1982 and was featured on the album ‘Daylight Again”. I remember seeing the video on MTV as it was in heavy rotation for awhile. I just loved the laid back feel of the song and of course watching the boat sail across the water. It seemed so relaxing. I really enjoy the phrasing of the lyrics and the song flow. It is the song that actually made me a little fan of the group.
The song is about a man who decided to take a journey by sailing across the Pacific due to a failed relationship. He determines all he needs is a boat and his music. He hopes he will find that woman on his trek that will make him forget his past relationship and find a love that will endure (and you know it will).
In researching the song, I now know what the Southern Cross is. I thought it was the boat as that is what the video would have you believe. No. The Southern Cross is a star constellation that is only seen in the Southern Hemisphere and some of the tropics. Sailors in the Southern Hemisphere use it to navigate by. The constellation is called Crux which means cross (thanks wikipedia).