Orinoco Flow

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"Orinoco Flow"
Single by Enya
from the album Watermark
Released 15 October 1988 (1988-10-15)
Format Cassette, CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1988 (1988) at Orinoco Studios, London
Genre New Age
Length 4:25
Label Reprise / WEA
Writer(s) Enya & Roma Ryan
Producer(s) Enya, Nicky Ryan
Enya singles chronology
"I Want Tomorrow"
(1987)
"Orinoco Flow"
(1988)
"Evening Falls..."
(1988)

"Orinoco Flow" is a 1988 song written and recorded by Irish singer Enya. It is also featured on Enya's second studio album, Watermark.

Background[edit]

The song was released as the lead single from Enya's second studio album in October 1988. It became a global success, reaching #1 in several countries, including the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the top of the music charts for three weeks.[1] In the US, the song peaked at #24 in early 1989. The song was also highly popular in the early 1990s and was featured on many pop music compilations.

In 1994, the song was licensed to Virgin Records for the best-selling New Age music compilation album Pure Moods, and in 1998 a special-edition 10th-anniversary remix single was released.

Part of its name is derived from Orinoco Studios (now Miloco Studios), where it was recorded, and its altered use of the Roland D-50 synthesizer's "PizzaGoGo" patch is highly recognizable.[2]

Locations referenced in lyrics (in order of mention)[edit]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

Samples of the backing track are used in Rebel MC's hit single Tribal Bass (1991).

In season 1, episode 6 of South Park ("Death"), Stan's grandfather locks him in a room and plays a parody of the song to illustrate what it feels like to be old.

The song is featured during a climactic torture sequence in David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

In 1989, iris breeder Cy Bartlett named a cultivar Orinoco Flow.[4]

The song plays over the end credits of series 1, episode 6 of Peep Show and the music video is shown during the episode. The character named Jeremy also talks about Enya during the episode.

The song is also played during Rumpelstiltskin's announcement scene in the 2010 film Shrek Forever After.

Track listings[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[6] Silver 1 November 1988 200,000

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
Desire by U2
Irish IRMA number-one single
22 October 1988 – 12 November 1988 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
Stand Up for Your Love Rights by Yazz
Preceded by
One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston
UK number-one single
29 October 1988 – 12 November 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
The First Time by Robin Beck
Preceded by
Teardrops by Womack & Womack
Dutch number-one single
3 December 1988 – 17 December 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
A Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins
Swiss number-one single
11 December 1988 – 8 January 1989 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
Bring Me Edelweiss by Edelweiss

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 494. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Paolo Di Nicolantonio. "Famous Sounds". Synth Mania. Paolo Di Nicolantonio. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Philip Coppens. "Feature Articles - The sacred island of the Moon". Philip Coppens. Philip Coppens. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Orinoco Flow, at WorldIris.com; published 2004; retrieved 30 September 2012
  5. ^ "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) (12" single at Discogs)". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  6. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 5 September 2008)
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Orinoco Flow," in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  8. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 48, 1988". Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  9. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  10. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  12. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 5 September 2008)
  13. ^ 1989 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved 5 September 2008)
  14. ^ 1989 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 3 September 2008)

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