Enya – Orinoco Flow (1988)
“Orinoco Flow”, also released as “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)”, is a song by Irish singer-songwriter Enya from her second studio album, Watermark (1988). It was released on October 03, 1988 by WEA Records in the United Kingdom and by Geffen Records in the United States the following year. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks and received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Music Video and Best New Age Performance at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The song was released as the lead single from Enya’s studio album, Watermark, on October 03, 1988. It became a global success, reaching number one in several countries, including Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. In the United States, the song peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1989.
The lyrics have been likened to “an itinerary for the most expensive gap year of all time”, mentioning an array of locations like a “global geography lesson”. Locations mentioned in the song include Fiji, Tiree, Peru, Bali, and Cebu.
A music video was made to accompany the song. It features Enya singing the song in front of footage of rivers, flowers and nature, edited to have the appearance of a painting. It was directed by Michael Geoghegan.
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