How to play Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills & Nash. This song from the 1982 Daylight Again album is iconic. Great harmonies, awesome acoustic guitars. Trent did a great job of breaking those separate guitar parts down into an arrangement that any beginner can follow with one guitar (well, not even advanced players can play more than one at a time, right?) 😊🎸🎸🎸

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Southern Cross Lyrics

Got out of town on a boat goin’ to Southern Islands
Sailing a reach before a followin’ sea
She was makin’ for the trades on the outside
And the downhill run to Papeete

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas
We got eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way
In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you
But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away

Think about
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me, larger voices callin’
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

Around the world (I have been around the world)
Lookin’ (lookin’ for that woman girl)
Who knows she knows (who knows love can endure)
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 comin’ 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

Think about
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me, larger voices callin’
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

I have been around the world (I have been around the world)
Lookin’ (lookin’ for that woman girl)
(Who knows love can endure)
And you know it will
And you know it will

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
Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you
And the southern cross

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2 Comments

  1. Eric Weston

    Very nice! A new addition to my fledgling CSN portfolio.

    Reply
  2. guitaranimal

    Thanks Eric. Let’s gang up on Trent and get him to do Wooden Ships soon!

    Reply

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