Southern Cross (Crosby, Stills and Nash song)

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"Southern Cross"
Single by Crosby, Stills & Nash
from the album Daylight Again
ReleasedJune 21, 1982
Recorded1981
GenreRock
Length4:41
LabelAtlantic Records
Writer(s)Stephen Stills
Rick Curtis
Michael Curtis
ProducerCrosby, Stills and Nash
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"Southern Cross"
Single by Crosby, Stills & Nash
from the album Daylight Again
ReleasedJune 21, 1982
Recorded1981
GenreRock
Length4:41
LabelAtlantic Records
Writer(s)Stephen Stills
Rick Curtis
Michael Curtis
ProducerCrosby, Stills and Nash
Audio sample
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"Southern Cross" is a song written by Stephen Stills, Rick Curtis and Michael Curtis and performed by the rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash. It was released in 1982 on the band's Daylight Again album. Stephen Stills sings lead vocals throughout, with Graham Nash joining the second verse.

The song, which peaked at #18, is about a man who sails the world following a failed love affair. During the voyage, the singer takes comfort in sailing ("We got eighty feet of waterline. / Nicely making way."), in the beauty of the sea, and particularly in the Southern Cross, a constellation by which sailors in the Southern Hemisphere have traditionally navigated. But his final consolation is music ("I have my ship / And all her flags are a flyin' / She is all that I have left / And music is her name.").

Southern Cross is based on the song "Seven League Boots" by Rick and Michael Curtis. Stills explained, "The Curtis Brothers brought a wonderful song called 'Seven League Boots,' but it drifted around too much. I rewrote a new set of words and added a different chorus, a story about a long boat trip I took after my divorce. It's about using the power of the universe to heal your wounds. Once again, I was given somebody's gem and cut and polished it."[1][2]

Original recording[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

"Southern Cross" has also been covered by:

Locations[edit]

The song mentions a number of locations that one may visit on a sailing voyage from Southern California to the South Pacific, following the "Coconut Milk Run".[3] In order of appearance in the song (and reverse order of the sailor's southwestward journey), they are:

Notes[edit]


  1. ^ CSN Boxed Set
  2. ^ "Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills & Nash". songfacts.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "A starlit revel on the Coconut Milk Run". OceanNavigator.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011.