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terentii
06-14-2014, 06:48 AM
I would swear in court that I remember listening to Enya's "Orinoco Flow" on the radio while driving with my dad the summer I was ten or eleven. This is, of course, impossible, since that would place it in 1965 or '66, and it apparently wasn't written until twenty-odd years later.

I do, however, distinctly recall hearing the "Sail away, sail away, sail away!" part long before then.

Was there ever a song/tune back in the mid-sixties that could have been mistaken for "Orinoco Flow," even in just that one part? Or was I caught in some kind of time warp? :dubious:

Joey P
06-14-2014, 07:08 AM
Well there's that Styx (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm-Vh3j8sys) song.

Joey P
06-14-2014, 07:14 AM
Well there's that Styx (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm-Vh3j8sys) song.

Skip to 2:50 for the "Come sail away" part.

terentii
06-14-2014, 07:16 AM
Well there's that Styx (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm-Vh3j8sys) song.

Nope, not even close, and it didn't come out until 1977. :(

yoyodyne
06-14-2014, 07:29 AM
Memory can be a strange thing.

Joey P
06-14-2014, 07:42 AM
nm

Peter Morris
06-14-2014, 08:13 AM
Oh, Sail Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_uijqkUtYs)by the Kingston Trio, perhaps? Released 1961 or earlier.

terentii
06-14-2014, 08:27 AM
Oh, Sail Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_uijqkUtYs)by the Kingston Trio, perhaps? Released 1961 or earlier.

Very possible, though I remember the orchestration being much more lush with lots of plucked strings. (The first time I heard "Orinoco Flow" in the '90s, I said to myself "So that's the tune I remember hearing back then!")

What the hell, it was almost fifty years ago! Memory can indeed play strange tricks on you.

Chefguy
06-14-2014, 09:00 AM
Noel Coward's Sail Away from the musical of the same name in 1961?

When the storm clouds are riding through a winter sky
Sail away, sail away
When the lovelight is fading in your sweetheart's eye
Sail away, sail away
When you feel your song
is orchestrated wrong
Why should you prolong your stay?
When the wind and the weather blow your dreams sky high
Sail away, sail away, sail away

NeonMadman
06-14-2014, 10:48 AM
The opening of "Orinoco Flow" is definitely reminiscent of a song I remember from the 60's, but I can't put my finger on what it was. Could you possibly be conflating a couple of different songs that resemble "Orinoco Flow" in some way?

whitetho
06-14-2014, 12:16 PM
The opening of "Orinoco Flow" is definitely reminiscent of a song I remember from the 60's, but I can't put my finger on what it was. Could you possibly be conflating a couple of different songs that resemble "Orinoco Flow" in some way?The opening to Andy William's 1963 hit Can't Get Used to Losing You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUeaqHHq2II) is similar to the opening to Orinoco Flow, however the lyrics are not similar.

NeonMadman
06-21-2014, 10:35 AM
The opening to Andy William's 1963 hit Can't Get Used to Losing You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUeaqHHq2II) is similar to the opening to Orinoco Flow, however the lyrics are not similar.

Yep, that's the one I was thinking of but couldn't place! Quite right, no similarity in the rest of the song.

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