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Enya: Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) Meaning

Song Released: 1988

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  1. anonymous
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    Aug 31st 2019 report

    I think it's about astral projection.Sail away to the lands I've never seen. Honestly, the theories on it being about battles are pretty stretching. Were there battles in Bali? Cali? No.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2017 report

    Similarly, on May 27 the Orinoco, the St. Louis' sister ship, left Hamburg with 200 passengers bound for Cuba. Informed by radio of the difficulties in Havana, the captain of the Orinoco diverted the ship to waters just off Cherbourg, France, where it remained for days. The Cuban treatment of the St. Louis refugees, and to a lesser extent of those aboard the Flandre and Orduña, had focused international scrutiny on Cuba's immigration procedures. Nevertheless, neither the British government nor the French government was prepared to accept the Orinoco refugees. The United States government then intervened, but halfheartedly. U.S. authorities did not accept the refugees either, though U.S. diplomats in London pressured the German ambassador to give assurances that the German authorities would not persecute the Orinoco refugees upon their return to the German Reich. With this dubious assurance, the 200 refugees returned to Germany in June 1939. Their fate remains unknown.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2016 report

    I have posted a couple of one line interpretations for “Orinoco Flow” but I think I must expound here. The line “Shores of Tripoli,” is from the second line of the Marine Corps Hymn, which remembers a battle from the early 1800's.


    There are also references to the Battle of the Coral Sea and others throughout the Pacific and other areas around the globe.

    Beyond this, “Orinoco Flow” is also demonic in nature. I do not expect anyone to believe what I say next, but there was a time in my life when I was being bothered by demons in my sleep. The opening stanzas of the song remind me of it although the song is toned down and does not convey the craziness that the demons did. The opening notes came in the same rhythm as the demon attack. Unlike the demon attack the song is beautiful and therein lies the problem.

    From scripture we know that when Satan comes to Earth in his role as Anti-Christ he will not be a monster toting a pitch fork, but a beautiful, sublime being and many will assume he is Jesus returning. This is a beautiful song and on one level may be interpreted as finding “Chaste orgasm,” whatever that is. But like Satan returning as a beautiful being, it will ultimately lead to anxiety, loneliness and despair. The lyrics of the song hint at this. The Bible also tells us that one of Satan's names or job titles is King of Babylon and Enya tells us to, “... hear the power of Babylon.” Is this song demon inspired? I do not know. It may even be divinely inspired. The Bible has many warnings about the coming of Satan and his deception. Maybe “Orinoco Flow” is another warning.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2016 report

    A tour of battlefields: Ie the shores of Tripoli.

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 16th 2016 report

    This song is like a tour of battlefields. Come on beaching "...on the shore of Tripoli."

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2014 report

    This song is directly related to Gnosis teachings of alchemy and sex.

    It's about reaching for the spiritual divinity. To Chaste orgasm and reach back into heaven through the true meaning of sex. And re-enter the garden once again.

    To relieve all suffering of desire and return it in the form of a true human being.

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