Come Sail Away

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"Come Sail Away"
Single by Styx
from the album The Grand Illusion
B-side "Put Me On"
Released 1977
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1977
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 3:10 (single), 6:05 (album)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Dennis DeYoung
Producer(s) Styx
Styx singles chronology
"Crystal Ball"
"Come Sail Away"
"Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)"

"Come Sail Away" is a song by American progressive rock group Styx, featured on the band's seventh album The Grand Illusion (1977). Upon its release as the lead single from the album, "Come Sail Away" charted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped The Grand Illusion achieve multi-platinum sales in 1978. It is one of the biggest hits of Styx's career.


Musically, "Come Sail Away" combines a plaintive, ballad-like opening section (including piano and synthesizer interludes) with a bombastic, guitar-heavy second half. In the middle of the second half of the album version is a minute-long synthesizer instrumental break.

Background and writing[edit]

Styx member Dennis DeYoung revealed on In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the making of The Grand Illusion), that he was depressed when he wrote the track after Styx's first two A&M offerings, Equinox and Crystal Ball, sold fewer units than expected after the success of the single "Lady".

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[1] 9
US Billboard Hot 100 8


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