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Enya — Orinoco Flow
Album: Watermark
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Total ratings: 1174









Released: 1989
Length: 4:23
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Let me sail, let me sail,
let the orinoco flow,
Let me reach, let me beach
On the shores of Tripoli.
Let me sail, let me sail,
Let me crash upon your shore,
Let me reach, let me beach
Far beyond the Yellow Sea.

From Bissau to Palau - in the shade of Avalon,
From Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony,
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon,
From Bali to Cali - far beneath the Coral Sea.

From the North to the South,
Ebudc into Khartoum,
From the deep sea of Clouds
To the island of the moon,
Carry me on the waves
To the lands I've never been,
Carry me on the waves
To the lands I've never seen.

We can sail, we can sail...
We can steer, we can near
With Rob Dickins at the wheel,
We can sigh, say goodbye
Ross and his dependencies
We can sail, we can sail...
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Ever wonder what this song would sound like mashed up with Santana's Smooth?

Of course you haven't, but you might actually like it!
I didn't like this in the 90's, and I think it's gotten even worse over time.
The definition of a musical guilty pleasure. If its good enough for Alan Partridge then it's good enough for me
 ckcotton wrote:
Still just as annoying as ...
 
...your constant negativity?
"How can you hate Enya? It's just silence, coloured in. It's like being mad at a waterfall" ~Steve Hughes
Was expecting to hear more negative assessments of this song, but it's just musically lovely, soothing and satisfying.  Not a minor chord or a seventh or any angst in evidence.  But so what?  I actually feel sorry for the people who are too far up into one kind of music or another to be able to enjoy this.
 ckcotton wrote:

Of all the spectacular and eclectic music that is played here...you choose THIS to motivate your support.... huh....
 
While it may not have my reason to become a regular supporter, even though I go long periods of time without listening, you're right on target for me. It's the eclectic music that keeps me coming back when I get tired of my Pandora playlists.

Oh, and I just bumped it to a 10!!!


 tfioreze wrote:
This song has made me to finally become a regular RP supporter. Thank you, Enya!
 
Of all the spectacular and eclectic music that is played here...you choose THIS to motivate your support.... huh....
Still just as annoying as it was all those years ago
Get on yer boat & go!
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I just noticed the lyrics, "With Rob Dickins at the Wheel" and thought that has to be a mistake.

Nope! Here's the story.

The words "We can steer, we can near, with Rob Dickens at the wheel" refer to Rob Dickins, the head of her record label WEA. Dickins is listed as a producer on the album. In an article published December 13, 2008, Dickins said: "When I signed Enya, her manager/producer Nicky Ryan said, 'You're not going to push us for singles, are you?' It wasn't that kind of music. After we'd made the Watermark album, I said as a joke, 'Nicky, where's the single?' A week later Nicky rang up and said, 'We've got it!' Got what? 'We've got the single!'

He sent over what became 'Orinoco Flow.' There was no middle eight, and 'Sail away' was after every line - it drove me crazy, but there was something there that could be worked on. Orinoco was the name of the studio and I think they saw me as the captain of the ship. The whole thing was a metaphor for a journey for all of us.

I was in charge of the record company for the UK and Ireland, but we never had any Irish music. Someone said, 'You like Clannad, you'd like this soundtrack album this ex-Clannad member has done.' She'd done the music for the BBC series The Celts. I loved it and played it every night. We met at an Irish awards ceremony and I said, 'You must do a vocal record.' The record company thought I was mad, but I said what became a famous quote - 'Sometimes you sign acts to make money and sometimes you sign acts to make music.' In the week of release, Tower Records phoned up to say that when they played the album in the shop they sold 45 copies - almost everyone in the shop had bought the record. It was unheard of. It went from 29 to five, then to #1 and we sold bucketloads of albums. It was totally rags to riches.
It's one of the things I'm most proud of. Funnily enough, I hadn't even noticed the lyric until they printed the album. It was embarrassing. But when it went to #1 I thought, 'I'm in the lyric of a number one song, how fabulous.' All these years later, if I hear that line 'Rob Dickins at the wheel' I can't help smiling."
 
Funny story. Thanks for sharing. {#Daisy}
This song has made me to finally become a regular RP supporter. Thank you, Enya!
I can appreciate all the work that goes into making a song sound like this, but as Eno said about contemporary New Age: "not enough malice."
This is another album which got my whippersnapper through years of serious illness, I can't thank her enough...
my wife hates Enya
I love her
This song has always uplifted me. {#Bounce}
A favorite on the soundtrack of crystal shoppes in touristy hippie towns and happy ending massage parlours. So, I'm told. 
 ScottFromWyoming wrote: 
Excellent back story.  Thanks for sharing.  Tower Records... yonder be memories.

I was living in Long Beach when this track hit the airwaves.  It was clear that commercial music broadcasters didn't quite know what to do with it, i.e. what kind of music was it "supposed" to be?  It fit no mold.  They were playing it on the short-lived New Age station (KTWV, The Wave), which maybe made the most sense, but for a while you could also hear it on rock stations, pop stations, and alt-whatever others.
I just noticed the lyrics, "With Rob Dickins at the Wheel" and thought that has to be a mistake.

Nope! Here's the story.

The words "We can steer, we can near, with Rob Dickens at the wheel" refer to Rob Dickins, the head of her record label WEA. Dickins is listed as a producer on the album. In an article published December 13, 2008, Dickins said: "When I signed Enya, her manager/producer Nicky Ryan said, 'You're not going to push us for singles, are you?' It wasn't that kind of music. After we'd made the Watermark album, I said as a joke, 'Nicky, where's the single?' A week later Nicky rang up and said, 'We've got it!' Got what? 'We've got the single!'

He sent over what became 'Orinoco Flow.' There was no middle eight, and 'Sail away' was after every line - it drove me crazy, but there was something there that could be worked on. Orinoco was the name of the studio and I think they saw me as the captain of the ship. The whole thing was a metaphor for a journey for all of us.

I was in charge of the record company for the UK and Ireland, but we never had any Irish music. Someone said, 'You like Clannad, you'd like this soundtrack album this ex-Clannad member has done.' She'd done the music for the BBC series The Celts. I loved it and played it every night. We met at an Irish awards ceremony and I said, 'You must do a vocal record.' The record company thought I was mad, but I said what became a famous quote - 'Sometimes you sign acts to make money and sometimes you sign acts to make music.' In the week of release, Tower Records phoned up to say that when they played the album in the shop they sold 45 copies - almost everyone in the shop had bought the record. It was unheard of. It went from 29 to five, then to #1 and we sold bucketloads of albums. It was totally rags to riches.
It's one of the things I'm most proud of. Funnily enough, I hadn't even noticed the lyric until they printed the album. It was embarrassing. But when it went to #1 I thought, 'I'm in the lyric of a number one song, how fabulous.' All these years later, if I hear that line 'Rob Dickins at the wheel' I can't help smiling."
Fine music, and fine spirits here enjoying it  : )     thanks Imkirok and passsion8
 Imkirok wrote:
In the fall of 1989, my girlfriend and I went up to the Finger Lakes area in northern NY to stay at a friends home.  It was an idyllic setting - a cabin-like home high up on a high overlooking the lakes.  It was very quaint and heated by a small wood stove.  On the Sunday morning, we were getting out of bed and our host made a big pot of delicious coffee and put some beautiful music on that I had never heard before.  I asked him what it was, and he said Enya.  Ever since then, I have always had a soundtrack (back then a mix tape) of songs that I play on Sunday mornings to relax and refresh my mind, and this song is on every one of them.  Funny how one song can trigger such memories.

 
Kudos to the Sunday morning aural cleanse/refresh!
The bridge concludes with a low B note which clocks in somewhere around 25Hz—not the lowest note in the universe, but pretty durn close. I've long used it as one of my tests for LF accuracy, especially in subwoofers. A good subwoofer will resolve the note, give it dimension, maybe even rumble your room. 
Brings back memories for me. 
This makes me think of coffee brewing, I don't know why.  Pleasant enough, but I hear the percolator going in my head.    
 Hannio wrote:
Any song about sailing or dogs gets a 10 from me.  

 
I respect that to the fullest sir.
 christopherwoods wrote:
...
Plus, listening objectively, it's a really bad song.
... 


If you were listening objectively, you wouldn't have an opinion as to whether the song was good or bad.
I bought it at the time and don't understand the hate.  Still very original in terms of production value.    A 3 chord wonder on timpani drum.
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 christopherwoods wrote:
(snobby sidenote: I'm a big fan of genuine ambient, experimental, drone, new age, 0bpm, etc)

 
seeing your upper notes - you are not!
 nikki54 wrote:
I think Caribbean Blue is much better. This used to be a new genre back in the 90's; kind of started by Enigma maybe? It sure started the electronic/techno scene.

 
Enya was like mum-friendly 'new age' music. Just on the right side of muzak to be radio friendly yet claimable by those wanting to declare it as NA.

I feel Enigma's more truthful take on new age definitely gives you more pause for thought, and I think their music's fared better since first airing. Google thinks it's also Worldbeat, which amuses me somewhat, because I think of ACSS as Worldbeat. I suppose Return to Innocence is the one everyone remembers...

The stuff Enya did when she was part of Clannad was (comparatively) more palatable, though I can't claim to own any of their CDs. My parents did though!

(snobby sidenote: I'm a big fan of genuine ambient, experimental, drone, new age, 0bpm, etc)
 MrsTom wrote:
You have to filter this through the amazing impact it made at the time - there was nothing like it
 
And fortunately, aside from a "Pure Moods" compilations, nothing else again ;-)
You have to filter this through the amazing impact it made at the time - there was nothing like it
I used to think the lyric was "Save the whale, save the whale, save the whale..."
Sail away, sail away, sail away - right out of playlist rotation. My ears were forcefed this through repeated listening in a car when I was younger, and as a result now have a Pavlovian response. It makes my skin crawl. I imagine this is the stuff they blast at Guantanamo detainees at 100 dB.

Plus, listening objectively, it's a really bad song.

This must be Bill's toilet break selection... 
Any song about sailing or dogs gets a 10 from me.  
Nope...
In the fall of 1989, my girlfriend and I went up to the Finger Lakes area in northern NY to stay at a friends home.  It was an idyllic setting - a cabin-like home high up on a high overlooking the lakes.  It was very quaint and heated by a small wood stove.  On the Sunday morning, we were getting out of bed and our host made a big pot of delicious coffee and put some beautiful music on that I had never heard before.  I asked him what it was, and he said Enya.  Ever since then, I have always had a soundtrack (back then a mix tape) of songs that I play on Sunday mornings to relax and refresh my mind, and this song is on every one of them.  Funny how one song can trigger such memories.
Just makes me smile - this song has somehow become a parody of itself.
Pls play this anytime.. {#Clap}
Should never be heard by any civilization ever. Seriously, I can't even take Enya seriously. Especially now. Please never play this again. 
Guilty pleasure
Lovely many thanks!
takes me back... all the way back to the backseats of an Air Canada DC-9 ... wide-eyed, naive, 14 years old and flying to the land of poutine and sophisticated girls...
This always makes me feel the same way I did the first time I heard it, like I was some place far from here. A heady, exotic feeling, like flying.
This refers to a time way back, before mass tourism took over all those once exotic places.
I really like this song.  There, I've said it!  Don't think I've ever heard compliments about Enya, or New Age music in general.  This song is nice, melodic and epic in a unicorn way!  Caribbean Blue is nice too.  {#Cool}
it works at all the required levels.  Love it.
 Andy_B wrote:
Regardless of it's heavy commercial radio overplay, the haunting melody endures with superb phrasing.  Get's a 9 from me.

 
OK so this is one of those songs that's always playing on the radio or at someone's house or in a store or elevator or in a commercial or something, and I've never been impressed enough to check it out and now that I know what it is and who composed it I'm none the better for it.  But my congrats to those of you who like it and I guess I'll listen to it when it shows up again in the rotation.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.
I think Caribbean Blue is much better. This used to be a new genre back in the 90's; kind of started by Enigma maybe? It sure started the electronic/techno scene.
 Bleyfusz wrote:

What?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbx2PsTUQh8 :)

Stan: Uh, I guess. (Grampa starts the tape, which plays a bit of Muzak that evokes Enya's 'Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)') Okay, you, you can let me out now.
Grampa: Not just yet. (turns up the volume)
Stan: Let me out grampa! (tries to open the door) I can't take it anymore, this music is terrible, it's, it's cheesy, but lame and eerily soothing at the same time. ('Gonna fly, gonna fly, gonna fly. Gonna fly, gonna fly, gonna fly. ')
Grampa: That's it, now you know what it feels like to be grampa. (Stan falls out of the room, looking very haggard. 'Gonna fly, gonna fly, gonna fly' Grampa turns off the radio and follows.)
Stan: Eh, grampa, I had no idea how bad it was for you. Now I understand. 
delightfully delicious.. {#Music}
 nicknt wrote:
One of the most overrated songs of all time.

  
And what qualifies it as "overrated"?  I just don't like it.  
One of the most overrated songs of all time.
Very emotive music...  sophisticated lyrics...  beautifully written and produced...  everybody in my homeless camp loves this wonderful song...
Just adjusted the sub-woofer system and the main salon is a'rockin.  Still a great song.
What an amazing album!  I first heard it driving through Death Valley with some good friends, as the sun broke through heavy clouds, in the Artist's Palette section.  It's always evoked great memories for me.

Everybody in my hotel room just started dancing!  Love this song!

 
great song!
Regardless of it's heavy commercial radio overplay, the haunting melody endures with superb phrasing.  Get's a 9 from me.


Volume just went wayyyy up!  This song is INCREDIBLE!  LOVE IT!


 Randomax wrote:
   Ñ

Always thought she should have made that how she spelled the name!


 
Can see it now...

LIVE IN CONCERT: 
Ñ &
PrinceSymbol


Love it!  This is one of the best songs during the existence of the planet Earth, so far...


 
Yeah, it's overplayed, but still a nice song if you don't hear it that often.
it's not a bad song but it has been abused by commerce. When I first heard it I was a teenager in Indonesia, my girlfriend liked it, I have fond memories of driving in the pouring tropical rain with this song playing on cassette.
 
Good pop
and the crowd goes wild!{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}
Brave one, Bill! I don't object. (Once in a while. . .)
Well, I'm in my fifties, and I still love this song. It's not her best - rather commercial - but I love the strings and the flow. I read an interview with her, and she confessed that she'd never been to the places about which she sings in this song, which sort of soured it for me. I guess I've mellowed with my very, very, very, very old age (to those of you under fifty) - I enjoy listening to Enya. Her sister sings lead for Clannad, and before Enya went solo, she sang with Clannad. Just a little trivia there - amaze your friends, dazzle your critics, baffle your enemies...
aaaaarrggh This Is the worst ever please Bill no more  aaaargghh !  I'm not seventy yet
 Bocephus wrote:
Enya? Really? {#Stop}
 
Fully agree: please skip this kind of muzak. Boring! Annoying!

 Randomax wrote:
   Ñ

Always thought she should have made that how she spelled the name!


 
I don't think so - she's from Gaelic, not Hispanic, heritage, and Gaelic has its own, softer 'nyuh' sound, for instance in the woman's name Gràinne (pron gron-ye).


   Ñ

Always thought she should have made that how she spelled the name!


This always makes me think of an easy listening compilation CD that was constantly advertised on TV in the early 90s.  I only know the song because of that, so I haven't really heard or enjoyed it on its own.  Not entirely sure that I can.
This song is an occasional guilty pleasure for me.   I guess this wasn't one of those occasions.  I'm somehow left with the guilt, but none of the pleasure. 
Yea, this song should only be allowed in commercials, elevators and comedy satire. Everything in its proper place.{#Yes}
Enya? Really? {#Stop}


I turned the volume wayyyy up...  this is one of my faves...  I love this song...  I remember when it first came out, all those years ago...



 
 Ando wrote:

Can't listen to this without thinking of South Park.
 
What?

 Ando wrote:

Can't listen to this without thinking of South Park.
 
I just can't listen to this. Too much like New Age elevator Muzak.

{#Puke}Hate this.
 Rafter101 wrote:
Love this song. Heard it 500,001 times. Time to take it in the back and bury it.
 
I couldn't agree more.  My douchebag boss (think: Ricky Gervais in "The Office") has this as the ring tone on his goddam blackberry.  The two things are inexorably linked for me now, in a Pavlovian way.... Enya ring = douchey boss pain = overwhelming desire to chew off my arm to get free and run.

Great song. Always wondered why someone didn't grab sample loops from it.


I just cranked the volume wayyyy up...  this is one of my favorite songs...  love it!!!!


 peter_james_bond wrote:

I'm glad I don't watch South Park.

 
Me too {#Biggrin}
Rather overplayed in its time, but I still like it.
 Ando wrote:
Can't listen to this without thinking of South Park.
 
I'm glad I don't watch South Park.

 Ando wrote:

Can't listen to this without thinking of South Park.
 
Yup.


Can't listen to this without thinking of South Park.
 gjeeg wrote:
Enya?
Yes, Enya.
I think it's fair to say she's created an entire genre of music on her own.

 

Not fair. She simply took Eno and Vangelis and gussied them a bit.
 Hannio wrote:


I'm with you, romeo.  That it is about sailing is icing on the cake to me.  It brings back memories of warm sun, cool water, a fresh breeze and a stiff boat.

 

That is so cool...  this is one of my all-time faves...  I get goosebumps when I hear it...


20 plus years and I still like Enya!


Haven't heard any Enya-ma in long while. Still sounds good when nice and loud...
 stescott100 wrote:
Anal Flow by Enema
 
Forgot to renew that prescription? {#Ask}
 romeotuma wrote:


Man, I love this song...  this is one of my favorite songs...  great harmonies, cool groove, profound lyrics...
 

I'm with you, romeo.  That it is about sailing is icing on the cake to me.  It brings back memories of warm sun, cool water, a fresh breeze and a stiff boat.

Love this song. Heard it 500,001 times. Time to take it in the back and bury it.
Nostalgy ... ... ... ... ...
{#Meditate}  This song has been a thread woven through my life.  {#Meditate}
I am an Enya fiend......so I am still listening to RP right? Wow......but there are better songs, course this does fulfill the commercial aaspect most people seem to want.

bääähh.
so early 90s


Man, I love this song...  this is one of my favorite songs...  great harmonies, cool groove, profound lyrics...


 spicymonkey wrote:
Wow, Enya on RP....really?  I mean, really?  Not that I don't like it, I'm kind of ambivalent about it, but...really?
 
That's the way I feel about this track.


love it...


Anal Flow by Enema
Oh God, please SAIL on already...
Hated this new age drivel when it came out...still do. Ack!
Bold move. :)
What god?

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

 


Is this legal?


Great holy smoking doggies...  I love this song...  this song is soooo good for the ears...


Yek! Please, PLEASE! skip!!

20 years and it still works for me.
Enya?
Yes, Enya.
I think it's fair to say she's created an entire genre of music on her own.
Twenty years now!
Hypnotic, transcendent,
Boy, did I fall in love with my second wife to Caribbean Blue
Yep, that's my philosophy: "Pluck with Passion"
this piece has been famously resurrected in the uk by the amazing magical performances of johnny... lee miller.
Wow, you've got that right. Before RP, I had to choose between quirky college format stations that hated all things popular, or pop stations that hated all things, well, not popular. Then came satellite and cable stations that zero in on one genre relentlessly. (I'm still waiting for the Stairway to Heaven channel. All Stairway to Heaven, all the time.) Thanks Bill.

 pevend wrote:
Excellent song - an 8 by me. I'm glad that the opinions of the musical snobs don't keep RP from playing songs like this.
 


god gawd bill - ENYA ?  i worked in vegetarian restaurant in san diego for a few years and we were subjected to REPEATED listens of this (and the rest of the similar schmaltz offerings from their gift store)  and it's like a bad burn on my brain.  some of the cuts on this and other albums of hers weren't as cloying - but i feel like poking my eyes out when i hear SAIL AWAY...   does bring up a host of good memories from those years, though...     oh - i see - trying to redeem yourself with some nick drake straight after, huh ? not working.  crime has been committed.   but we still love you. 


Wow, Enya on RP....really?  I mean, really?  Not that I don't like it, I'm kind of ambivalent about it, but...really?
ad4tise wrote:

Are you as rude as this post?


Rude, yes, but MAKES THE POINT... even if I disagree on this song. {#Tongue}
 manbirdexperiment wrote:
 
Are you as rude as this post?
romeotuma wrote:


I love this song just as much as ever, and I am always happy to hear it... it is awesome...

{#High-five}