"Sail on, Silver Girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way"

1. What do 'sail on' and 'sail on by' mean?

2. Who is 'Silver Girl'?

meantolearnWhat do 'sail on' and 'sail on by' mean?

sail : to travel on water in a boat; metaphorically, to move as if sailing

on : an intensifier for a verb which suggests 'continue'

sail on : keep on sailing; continue to sail

by : crossing through the field of view (right to left or left to right); passing through; going past someone or something stationary

sail on by : continue sailing past (this place) (until lost from view)


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Perhaps he thinks she's reached a stage in her development where she's too good for him, and he doesn't want to stand in the way of her progress.
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From your last two posts, it sounds like you've been listening to some Simon and Garfunkel (a grand duo!).

Let me repeat my questions again. Please answer them if you can.

1. What do 'sail on' and 'sail on by' mean?

2. Who is 'Silver Girl'?

The questions are based on the song "Bridge over Troubled Water".
I sure love it. It was a great hit back in 1970-71 world wide and it still shines today.

It's difficult to say, for sure. Silver Girl may be an actual person whom the singer loves. Sail on (by) might mean something like: I see you, and I'm following you in case you need me (as in the next line of the lyric).
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meantolearn Let me repeat my questions again.
Perhaps an S. & G. forum would be helpful.

Check out the eleventh comment on this site http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=247
"The line "Sail on, silver girl" is often reputed to refer to a needle (meaning the song is about heroin) but it actually refers to Simon's girlfriend (and later wife) Peggy Harper who found a few gray hairs and was upset. The lyric was meant as a joke - Simon calling her "Silver Girl" because of her hair."
silver girl might also mean the moon.if you listen to the lyrics with this context in mind , all the paragraph makes sense.
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Sail on Silver Girl,
Let's sail the seas, silver girl (needle for drugs)

Sail on by
Let's sail the sea (by injection)

He feels better because he hit the drug, so the song says:
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine

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