|Harry Nilsson recorded Randy Newman's song "Sail Away" for Nilsson's 1976 album, ...That's the Way It Is. The song was also released as a single.
Randy Newman's "Sail Away" first appeared on his album of the same name. Released in 1972, Sail Away, is considered by many to be Newman's best album.
In "Sail Away" the narrator delivers a sales pitch to Africans - "In America you'll get food to eat. Won't have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet." Although, the subtle satire is backed by a majestic orchestral arrangement, the song can make the listener feel uncomfortable. When the narrator sings "It's great to be an American," true Americans will feel a bit of shame.