Southern Cross

Words & Music:

Stephen Stills, Richard Curtis & Michael Curtis


A   G   D   D/B   D/A   D   |   A   G   D   D/B   D/A   A


           A         G                    D

Got out of town on a boat to the southern islands.

          A        G               D      A

Sailing a reach before a followin' sea.

She was makin' for the trades on the outside,

And the downhill run to Papeete Bay.

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas.

       A                  G          Bm     D      A

We got eighty feet of the waterline, nicely making way.

     A             G                D

In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you.

         A                G            D         Bm    A

But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away



G               D          G       A

Think about how many times I have fallen.

Spirits are using me, larger voices callin'.

What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten.

            D  G       A

I have been around the world

Lookin' for that woman, girl

Who knows love can endure.

                A   G  D                  A   G   D   A

And you know it will----- and you know it will.


When you see the Southern Cross for the first time

You understand now why you came this way.

'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so small.

But it's as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day.

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 have my ship and all her flags are a flyin'.

She is all that I have left and "Music" is her name.




So, we cheated and we lied and we tested.

And we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do.

You will survive being bested.

But somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you.

In the Southern Cross.


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