Sail on, Sail on, Sailor

My relationship with my parents is different for each parent. My mom will listen to me cry for hours, she's always there for me. She texts me at all hours, worries for me, and loves me so much. I can count on her to talk with me incessantly.

My relationship with my dad is different. He doesn't like to listen to me cry, but I share a musical connection with him. When my heart was broken last week, my dad sent me an email that contained a link to lyrics and an mp3. The song he included was "Sail on, Sailor" by the Beach Boys. I had never heard the song before, but opened it and busted out bawling. Not out of sadness, but because that song was exactly what I needed. I've played it constantly for five days. I wanted to share the lyrics with you here, and encourage you to listen to it (it's in the bottom of this post), even if you aren't hurting. 

Sail on, Sailor (by the Beach Boys, 1973)

I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor

I wrest the waters, fight Neptune's waters
Sail through the sorrows of life's marauders
Unrepenting, often empty
Sail on, sail on sailor

Caught like a sewer rat alone but I sail
Bought like a crust of bread, but oh do I wail

Seldom stumble, never crumble
Try to tumble, life's a rumble
Feel the stinging I've been given
Never ending, unrelenting
Heartbreak searing, always fearing
Never caring, persevering
Sail on, sail on, sailor

I work the seaways, the gale-swept seaways
Past shipwrecked daughters of wicked waters
Uninspired, drenched and tired
Wail on, wail on, sailor

Always needing, even bleeding
Never feeding all my feelings
Damn the thunder, must I blunder
There's no wonder all I'm under
Stop the crying and the lying
And the sighing and my dying

Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor