Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Southern Cross Meaning
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Song Released: 1982
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Southern Cross Lyrics
Goin' to Southern islands.
Sailing a reach
Before a followin' sea.
She was makin' for the trades
On the outside,
And the downhill run
Off the wind on this heading
Lie the Marquesas.
We got eighty...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:
First, the title: the Southern Cross, or Crux, is a large constellation visible in the night sky in the Southern hemisphere.
Stephen Stills wrote this song while taking a long boat ride in the South Pacific, in the aftermath of his divorce from French singer/songwriter Veronique Sanson. The marriage had been a very difficult one, and the divorce was no easier, as both parties fought in court for custody of their son.
During the long boat trip, Stills started to calm down and sort out his feelings. Seeing the stars at night from a boat in the middle of the ocean, he got a sense of how small and petty his own problems were, and how unimportant his quarrels with Sanson had been.
And he begins to realize that, before long, both he and Sanson will be all right, they'll both find happiness wiht new partners, that Stills will always draw his greatst strength and inspiration from music, and that eventually, he'll be able to look back and appreciate the GOOD things that came of his marriage.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:SnakeSpirit Jan 24th 2019 report
This is a love song that I also lived.
I was forced to leave a relationship I cherished due to my infidelity.
"So we cheated and we lied
And we tested
And we never failed to fail
It was the easiest thing to do."
Yeah. I messed up. I blew it. I had a lot to learn, again, again, and again.
"Think about how many times
I have fallen"
But I have learned there are no mistakes in the Universe.
"Spirits are using me
larger voices callin'."
But true love doesn't stop just because of mistakes made.
"What heaven brought you and me
Cannot be forgotten."
"So I'm sailing for tomorrow
My dreams are a dyin'.
And my love is an anchor tied to you
Tied with a silver chain."
I left Connecticut and ended up in Hawai`i.
"Got out of town on a boat
Goin' to Southern islands."
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anonymous Mar 5th report
In 1981, Hart Bochner, discovered that he had cancer, he decided he should drown, to create oxygen. Steven Stills told him not to, that the two periods of the u.s.p would represent his only pharyngsospasms, and that he would survive these.
anonymous Aug 2nd 2022 report
I look at the voyage and the ship as a metaphor of the travels and loves of a musician. Spirits using me conjures the muse and that he commits his life to his music and not earthly relationships...although, he is looking for a woman girl that understands this and would continue to love him as he finds other loves in other ports (think about how many times I have fallen).
The metaphoric ship of music is all he has left when the woman he loves the most can abide his non-committing ways.
anonymous Jan 11th 2022 report
The journey on the sea corresponds with/is symbolic of his journey through life, before, during, after his marriage. It gives him time to think, to experience personal things as not being so important, yet also being part of a bigger picture, a universe, of emotions represented by sea travel. Maybe this boat trip is something he always wished to do, and now is the perfect time. Maybe he needed something epic and grand to begin to help emotional healing, and set his marriage experience aside.
anonymous Apr 7th 2021 report
Actually, beyond what ASTORIAN wrote—in my opinion—no further interpretation to this song is needed but we’re each entitled to our own opinion, of course. Based on what I know of Stills though, their interpretation is spot-on. I’ve been in Stephen’s shoes, as so many of us have. I’m now far more happily married than I ever could have imagined being—and far more than I deserve to be—but I dearly love my ex-wife and probably always will. It’s a mutual thing but is strictly platonic. After being together for 37 years, it took a 4-year separation for each of us to learn that there are instances where love (sorry John) really isn’t “all you need.” Were we all perfect beings, love would be more than enough to resolve any differences, but in mortality, non of us will be. Like Joni says, life is for learning.
anonymous Feb 9th 2021 report
For me, Understanding the depth of meaning is easy, painful and obvious. Absolutely crafted lyrics with beautiful voices and melodies.
Now I want to know what noisy bar in Avalon. Which Avalon and why’d you not expect to fail when we treat relationships selfishly. Taken for granted. Larger voices calling. Only In the stillness (no pun) of our best efforts of meditation will be heard. Will they be forgotten?
The universe is within us of us and all encompassing around all. We are One. Individually seeking, the One.
anonymous Mar 24th 2020 report
Sometimes a broken heart and a lost love that you can never get back seems more expansive than the breadth of the heavens reaching up to the Southern Cross. She's still out there but might as well be the distant stars. Acceptance dulls the pain.
anonymous Jun 22nd 2015 report
Since had boat boat named Mayan I'd say he was familiar with history , as well as ancient civilizations. The Mayan and the Egyptian,etc. were very advanced astronomers . They all worshipped personified constellations and told allagorical stories about them . The sun/son goes to die on the southern cross to die 1st day of summer and winter solstices( Easter and Christmas ) . On the third it rises or resurrects to highest point . But the truth you could be running could be so small, but is as big as the promise , the promise of a coming day (return ) .. Spirits are using me , higher voices calling ....
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