I'm Breaking Down: The Top Ten Songs by William Finn

By Ben Rimalower
16 Nov 2013

5. "Set Those Sails" (from In Trousers)

William Finn's 1979 musical, In Trousers, is an abstract, almost non-linear piece of theatre. Some of the songs have an acid-trip quality in their fantastical imagery and psychological daring. The aesthetic of "Set Those Sails" is Broadway by way of Pink Floyd (or Jefferson Airplane), especially in Mary Testa's psychedelic wailing on the original cast album. It's hard not to be hypnotized by this groovy tune and evocative lyrics that leave your mouth — and mind — watering for more. Feed your head.