Elliott Lurie, who wrote the bittersweet song, was also the lead singer on the recording. The song reached No. 1 on the charts in 1972.
Brandy, who works as a barmaid, wears a locket inscribed with the name of the man she'll always love. While other sailors tell her what a "good wife you would be," Brandy's only interested in the one man she knows will never be her husband.
She could feel the ocean fall and rise, she saw it's raging glory
But he had always told the truth, Lord he was an honest man
And Brandy does her best to understand"
But the sailor doesn't lead her on. He admits that she'd make a wonderful wife but his true love is the sea.
What a good wife you would be
But my life, my lover, my lady
Is the sea"