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Posted: 22 Mar 05, 23:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just got "The Game", and I'm wondering if anyone can relate to me the back story of "Sail Away Sweet Sister"? I'ts just very curious to me. I know Brian wrote it, but that's about it. I tried searching this site and others, but I can't find anything:(


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 00:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's always remained sort of a mystery. I was wondering if anyone has heard the In the Studio interviews for The Game. I have the NOTW one, and it offers insights into some songs such as All Dead All Dead and It's Late. I wondered if the one for The Game offered similar insights.... A wonderful track, isn't it?


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 00:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pretty sure it has been discussed here, since it had really not realation to sex, I didnt pay much attention.
I think it is after his cat.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 00:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All Dead was about the cat

Can't remember if Sail Away is discussed that much during In The Studio.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 04:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The sister thing is what I had heard. He had a sister die young and so never knew her.

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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 06:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well it clearly states in the sleevenotes for The Game that SASS is "to the sister I never had".

What that exactly means, or why Brian was moved to right a song with such a sentiment, I've no idea. I've never heard that he had a sister die young, and I very much doubt that happened.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 09:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I doubt Brian had a sister that died young - I'm sure he would've mentioned it in at least ONE interview by now - but I think it was mainly because he grew up as an only child, therefore to the sister he never had.

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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 10:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's not the actual subtitle of the song, meaning that it's certainly not written on the back of the CD case, but it's more of a dedication on the lyric sheet.

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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What are the chances of Brian having lost a sister early and then writing a song about the sister he NEVER HAD? Slim, I'd say.

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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 11:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The dedication of SASS reads "...to the sister I never had".

I've asked Brain this a number of times and with no response (via the website). I believe that his mother may have miscarried, but that's just my theory - obviously a very difficult subject for him.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 11:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Benn wrote:

The dedication of SASS reads "...to the sister I never had".

I've asked Brain this a number of times and with no response (via the website). I believe that his mother may have miscarried, but that's just my theory - obviously a very difficult subject for him.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 13:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is it only me that sees something in SASS that's a little on the incestuous side?


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When writing about the 5.1 remixes,
he mentioned that the solo was meant to be reminiscent of Killer Queen - for reasons he wouldn't tell at that time.

There may still be a link to that somewhere on his site.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 15:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's the bit from In The Studio where Brian and Roger talk about Sail Away Sweet Sister.

http://www.mercuryparadise.com/sass.mp3



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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 15:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i would hope that if it is about a sister that he never had, he wouldn't say "I'll always be in love with you".


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Benn wrote:

The dedication of SASS reads "...to the sister I never had".

I've asked Brain this a number of times and with no response (via the website). I believe that his mother may have miscarried, but that's just my theory - obviously a very difficult subject for him.

Poor Brian...:(


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Posted: 24 Mar 05, 06:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sail Away Sweet Sister was written by Brian as a tribute to his sister Rose (born in 1887) who was a 2nd class passenger on the maiden voyage of the Olympic (the Titanic's sister ship) in 1912.

Rose was kind enough to send young brother Bri a photo of herself on the grand stairway of the ship, and considering Brian had just watched James Cameron's Titanic film, he put two and two together and thought she had perished in the disaster. The fact the Kate Winslet's character was also called Rose in the film brought tears to Brian's eyes (despite the fact Winslet survived and went on to attend the oscars later that year) and he felt compelled to write an ode to his beloved sister who sailed away on that fateful voyage.

Imagine how embarrassed Brian felt when the truth emerged that the Olympic made over 1000 successful transatlantic voyages and Rose returned the following Tuesday after the Game was released AND helped him file down the knobs for his Red Special.

Although Brian was delighted and relieved to have Rose home again, he still can't bring himself to tackle an iceberg lettuce.

Yes, I understand some of the dates in this story are contradictory but I sincerely hope you agree the plot works.

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Posted: 24 Mar 05, 06:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Finally someone gives a precise history behind the song. Don't worry about the dates, I re-arrange history all the time.


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Posted: 24 Mar 05, 09:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sheerheartattack1980 wrote:

i would hope that if it is about a sister that he never had, he wouldn't say "I'll always be in love with you".


What are you talking about? Do you not love your siblings? (if you have any). I certainly love my sister.

The Game In The Studio reveals that it is about the fact he is an only child and Brian said he always wanted a brother or a sister to share life with. And the title of the song is technically 'Sail Away Sweet Sister (to the sister I never had)'.


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Posted: 24 Mar 05, 10:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But there's a world of difference between 'loving someone' and being 'in love with someone'.

If I said I was in love with my sister, everyone would think I was sick. And quite rightly. Thankfully I'm not.


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