What is the "Southern Cross"?
The "Southern Cross" is a
constellation also known as the Crux Constellation. The four brightest stars within the constellation
form a cross pattern. The brightest star is known
as Alpha Crucis (acrux) and is located
at the foot of the cross. The star at the top of
the cross is known as Gamma Crucis (Gacrux). If you follow
the line south through Gamma and Alpha Crucis you
will arrive near the South Celestrial (true south)
Pole. Two other stars that form the cross are Beta Crucis (Becrux) and Delta
Crucis which is the western arm.
It can be viewed anywhere below 27 degrees north
latitude. This includes most of the southern
hemisphere including places such as Australia,
South America, and the Caribbean. Sailors have
relied on the "Southern Cross" to help
in navigating their boats. Learn more about the
The national flag of
has five stars of the "Southern Cross"
The national flag of New
also has a version with four brightest stars on
2) Who wrote "Southern Cross"
"Southern Cross" was written by
Stephen Stills of the group Crosby, Stills, and
Nash. He had some assistance from Richard Curtis & Michael
3) Is "Southern Cross" available on CD
Jimmy Buffett & the CRB have recorded a
live version of "Southern Cross" that
appears on "Buffett Live: Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Saturdays" (1999).
There is a
bootleg version of it by Jimmy Buffett & the
CRB that you can listen to: Southern Cross (requires real audio). Courtesy Ladi34t's Island
by Crosby, Stills, & Nash is available on Daylight
4) What are the Lyrics to "Southern Cross"?
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information about the locations mentioned.
Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills, & Nash
Got out of town on a boat goin' to southern
Sailing a reach before a followin' sea
She was makin' for the trades on the outside,
And the downhill run to Papeete Bay
Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas
We got eighty feet of the waterline, nicely
In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you
But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me, larger voices callin'
What heaven brought you and me cannot be
I have been around the world
lookin' for that woman, girl
Who knows love can endure
And you know it will And you know it will
When you see the
Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way
'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so
But it's as big as the promise, the promise of a
So I'm sailing for tomorrow, my dreams are a
And my love is an anchor tied to you, tied with a
I have my ship and all her flags are a flyin'
She is all that I have left and music is her name
So we cheated
and we lied and we tested
And we never failed to fail, it was the easiest
thing to do
You will survive being bested
But somebody fine will come along make me forget
about loving you
In the Southern Cross
Stills, & Nash -- "Daylight Again"