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From Spain, With Love – The “Unofficial” Unreasonable Theme Song

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While traveling on Unreasonable at Sea, we realized every day that there was an incredible amount of talent trapped on that ship. Two of the Semester at Sea students, Conor Ryan and Michael Davis, were inspired by the Unreasonable presence on the ship and wrote this song. We were blown away, and when we docked in Barcelona for our culminating event, Conor and Michael took center stage and received a standing ovation for their performance.


Swinging on a bow of a sailing ship
I’m calling out to the open sea.
And all the sudden I heard a distant cry
In a pained reply: she said stop taking advantage of me.

You think you got cities to see and people to meet?
Well, we got bigger fish to fry.
How we gonna feed all the kids in the street?
Put smiles on all the faces that cry?

So let me ask you this one question, my fellow sailor.
What do you want the world to be?
You’re saying that you think my question is unreasonable.
Well, come and be unreasonable with me.

To heal this planets bleeding wound,
The world has got to open it’s fist.
Peace is there, just on the horizon.
I’m an impatient optimist.

I see answers to the peoples questions.
No matter how poor, how sick, or how old.
I can teach the blind to see the sky.
I can turn smoke into gold.

So let me ask you this one question, my fellow sailor.
What do you want the world to be?
You’re saying that you think my question is unreasonable.
Well, come and be unreasonable with me.

So let me ask you this one question, my fellow sailor.
What do you want the world to be?
You’re saying that you think my question is unreasonable.
Well, come and be unreasonable with me.

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  • Leija2014

    Thank you for sharing this post. As a music lover myself, I found this article to be so enjoyable because I love to listen to original scores by people and especially this one because the was specifically written for Unreasonable. “I see answers to the people questions. No matter how poor, how sick, how old. I can teach the blind to see the sky.” I absolutely love that lyric because it’s saying that there’s hope and that all we can help eachother.

  • cameruca4

    Cool song. It is good to see that Unreasonable at Sea is inspiring people to make a difference in the world.

  • Evan Baldwin

    I think Howard Thurman said it very well, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

  • Jessica Walker

    Very well done! I think my favoite verse was “You think you got cities to see and people to meet? Well, we got bigger fish to fry. How we gonna feed all the kids in the street? Put smiles on all the faces that cry?” We get so wrapped up in our own selfish lives and forget or take for granted how good we really have it. We worry about the smallest things, when really there are people who are in more need and we could really benefit them with some conscious efforts. Taking a step back and opening our eyes to realize what is really going on. We have all of the potential, we just need to take action on it.

  • clemonsel02

    This is an amazing song. It makes you see that you can always use your talents to make a little difference and make an impact in someone’s life. I think this song really hit me, and made me think about the big pictures that we should truly be looking at. “What do you want the world to be? ” is the most inspiring part of this song for me because it is the biggest question I think everyone needs to ask themselves. What do you think someone who never experienced any of this, would say to that question ?

  • MeierKM23

    Wow that song was amazing! It gave me goose bumps because these people are sailing around the world to make it a better place. They saw the talents that these people had and put their own talents to work. Most of us take for granted how good we really have it, especially me, and when I see what some of these people are inventing and coming up with to help the less fortunate, I take a step back and a deep breath and realize, I do have it good. It also puts a smile on my face knowing that these people are spending their days to help others who don’t have it all but keep living life to the fullest!! Thanks for sharing this song!!

  • Kait Harman

    Its great to use a different way to talk about such a serious topic. All these topics are subjects that effect everyones lives. A few parts of the song I didn’t quite understand. Why do you talk about swinging on a bow of a sail boat?

  • natebbeard

    This is great! The music and art play such a valuable role in society that we might overlook sometimes. So happy to see this!

  • John Darrow

    Thank you for sharing this video! I really enjoyed the lyrics and how they turn the mind to so many places in the world where people struggle because of different things. Also, I liked the description of “impatient optimist”. I support that saying and how it applies to the way of life we have created for our planet. It couldn’t have been easy writing a song like this and I think these two gentleman did an exceptional job. Glad I took the time to watch it.

  • cecillia yakub

    These talented people sing it very well, especially along with the guitar. The lyrics are meaningful and it portrays the lives of people in the world and how the world functions.

  • jbrycewilson

    Well done, and I think an excellent contribution. Keep in mind more than just an outward contribution, don’t forget what you are looking to contribute to yourself.

  • lepkowskjj29

    I love the idea of using music to talk about serious topics thank you for sharing this video.

  • kalscheuar30

    I love the song and the message, too bad the popular music industry doesn’t like songs that have real meaning behind them. It seems that the cruise ship really impacted the people’s lives. My question is do you guys have any other music?

  • AmandaBrom

    I enjoyed the song! I thought it had a great message that most people should pick up on. Sometimes you have to be the change you want to see. This is a saying I have heard in class and seen in other places. I believe this is what your song is really telling people. I enjoyed hearing it and hope that you write more inspiring songs for people to follow. Do you feel your trip is what changed your view on the change in the world?

  • tjbaumeister08

    Thank you for sharing this. I thought the song was great and it also sends out a great message too about what the Unreasonable experience would be like. Do you plan on making more songs about your Unreasonable experience?

  • LevenhagAL14

    Love the article, and I love the song! It really sends a valuable message. Is music going to become a regular feature on Unreasonable?

  • BartuchGR11

    Thank you for posting this blog. I think the song was interesting and had a great message in the song. The message is that you have to be the change sometimes in order for change to happen otherwise everything will continue to be the same. The change can be small which over time will might lead into something much greater. Is the music going to be a more regular thing? I did enjoy listening to the song.

  • kristinwagner32

    I enjoyed listening to the song and I think their message hits home for every person who is uncertain or unhappy. If something does not feel right or if something is making you unhappy- change it. The only person who can make yourself want to see changes and do great things is the person within you. All college students should be thinking about this as they move forward in their futures. Thanks!!

  • Joseph

    Thanks for the post. This song was amazing. I enjoyed it a lot. I couldn’t agree more. This song had a great message. Are there more songs by this artist, and where can i listen to them?

  • Jeff Margolf

    What an awesome song. I love how these guys used their creative talents to promote something they may not have been able to directly. Definition of using your strengths regardless of the situation.

  • Drew

    I agree great song and yes its our lives and if something isn’t going as we planned we always have the option to “change it.” Change is never easy but the rewards can be extremely promising.

  • Drew

    Thanks for sharing this song with the unreasonable blogger world! I really enjoyed reading the lyrics while listening to the guitar melody! It reminded me of a Jack Johnson or Dave Matthews genre type of music! We must continue to find out the best option for ourselves before pleasing everyone else around us. How long did it take you to create this song.

  • Leahrebout

    Amazing song! So inspiring to hear and then be able to be touched by the lyrics. It’s truly amazing what you guys are achieving, thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this video. What an amazing song. These guys are so creative with their talents. The message was nice and clear. It was that you need to make a change in order for something to happen otherwise everything will stay the same. Will you be making more songs related to this one?

  • Palecekb

    This is great, I know that I ask myself the same question while reading all these inspiring and interesting blogs. I am not a start up business or w wealth entrepreneur, I am simply a college sophomore working towards health promotion. The answer they gave was perfect. “What ever you want to be, just be great at what you do. This advice could apply to every single person. Have you two worked together before? maybe have more songs then this one that have inspired you?

  • Andersonjc16

    Very inspiring and clever, enjoyed the message and hopefully many can see this and inspires them as well. We all need to be more open to change even though it may be uncomfortable at first but worth it.

  • Amy Rink

    Thank you for posting this video! It was really cool song to listen to! What I got out of the song was that for change to actually occur around us, maybe we are the ones who have to change first in order to see that. The question that really stuck in my head was, “what do you want the world to be?” and I guess my question would be, how did Barcelona change you?

  • kristinwagner32

    I agree that people see change as hard and do not want to do it because they are scared. I think this is the biggest obstacle many people face but once they realize what rewards can benefit from that change it is very helpful.

  • Keeli Gilbert

    I am such a huge music person. This was really great to hear about the world and it’s talent through song than through technology and social media, even just reading about it.
    Thank you for the new point of view. I will always think of what I can use of my knowledge through song or through some other way that no one else would think to do. It is a great way to get people’s attention and get them involved.

  • vitalecm03

    Music is my life! I have a tattoo for music and I do not know what my life would be like with music as an inspiration. I love this song so much! We all need to work together to make a difference. Even just the little things can make the biggest difference! Thank you for this and I will pass this along!

  • Britnee_Kay

    Wow, this song is absolutely amazing and fits this sight so well! I was already inspired to look into Semester At Sea and now it’s driving that desire even more. It’s so amazing that there are people out there, from all different majors, trying to do their part in changing the world in their own little way. People need to be inspired to be more like that! This kid has an amazing voice and I can’t imagine him not going far in music. Best wishes to him and all the students like him!

  • Drew

    How any big decisions have your shied away from due to the scared factor? I know that in college we see a lot of major decisions coming our way. It’s then that we realize how grown up and ready we are to take on the rest of the world as adults!

  • Mcgrailkk30

    I absolutely agree – I LOVE this song and the question “what do you want the world to be?” is inspiring. It’s not unreasonable to believe that we have the power to change the world. When you figure out what you want the world to be I think the next question is “how can you help to get it there?”

  • Jcoppa

    First, how can I get this song onto my ipod?? I think it’s important for us to realize that no matter your passion, it will speak to someone! Yes, these two students are theater students, who can make MUSIC! I cannot think of one culture who doesn’t enjoy a couple cuties making beautiful music… Maybe they cannot feed all the children or provide clean water, but they can provide music. And a smile and some dancing can truly make a person feel as if there are no problems in the world. Even if only temporarily, music lifts spirits. I think we all need to be reminded that whatever we’re doing, will be the light at the end of the tunnel for someone!

    Usually I have a question for the author, but in this case I am awed and nothing will come to mind…

  • Alyssa Borgrud

    I agree that his voice is amazing! Its crazy to think that one little website like this is changing the world. This site brings so many different people together. With that, there comes so many different views, perspectives, and ideas to one communal place where everyone can share stories and ideas. Congrats to Unreasonable for all the accomplishments you have made, and best of luck for the future! (:

  • Bryonny

    I have always wanted to do a semester at sea! Your song rocks!!!! Music conveys something that words never will be able to!

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Conor and Michael, thank you for posting the lyrics even though I am not that into music and didn’t quite understand some of the lines. Even so, one of the lyrics really stayed with me and inspired me: “What do you want the world to be?” I also agree with Evan Baldwin’s comment; “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go dot it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman).

  • Taylor Schulz

    Such an inspiring song! The lyrics are incredible and I loved it! Who knew that the unreasonable organization would dip into the world of music. Music really can convey powerful messages, thanks for sharing!

  • Jen McKiernan

    Wow such a great song! Awesome job. The lyrics are very inspiring and they really show what unreasonable is all about. It is so cool to see a website like this bringing people together and trying to change the world a little bit at a time.

  • Janna Bartels

    Awesome song!!! Every lyric meant something and I love that they used their talents for good (just like the lady told them to). Thank you for posting this!

  • Zintia Martinez

    Is this official yet?, It is great I like the lyrics, very talented both of you. Are you working on a new song?