Islands in the Stream

I have a feeling that not too many of you are country music fans, and quite honestly I’m not terribly fond of most country music, either.  I absolutely cannot stand bluegrass music, nor gospel.  And I don’t like anything that has a lot of twang and whiny lyrics. But there are some exceptions, and Kenny Rogers is definitely one of my exceptions.

Tonight’s song, Islands in the Stream, was written by the Bee Gees and is sung here by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton.  Named after the Ernest Hemingway novel, it was originally written for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to be changed for the Kenny Rogers album. It was released in August 1983 as the first single from Rogers’ album Eyes That See in the Dark.eyes that see in the darkThe song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, giving both Rogers and Parton their second pop number-one hit (after Rogers’ “Lady” in 1980 and Parton’s “9 to 5” in 1981). It also topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts.

I like the song … I like the energy and the camaraderie between Kenny & Dolly.  And … yes, I admit it … I don’t mind a bit looking at Kenny Rogers … he is not at all hard on the eyes!

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Islands in the Stream

Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers

 

Baby when I met you there was peace unknown

I set out to get you with a fine tooth comb

I was soft inside

There was something going on

 

You do something to me that I can’t explain

Hold me closer and I feel no pain

Every beat of my heart

We got something going on

 

Tender love is blind

It requires a dedication

All this love we feel needs no conversation

We ride it together, ah ha

Making love with each other, ah ha

 

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in between

How can we be wrong

Sail away with me

To another world

And we rely on each other, ah ha

From one lover to another, ah ha

 

I can’t live without you if the love was gone

Everything is nothing if you got no one

And you just walk in the night

Slowly losing sight of the real thing

 

But that won’t happen to us and we got no doubt

Too deep in love and we got no way out

And the message is clear

This could be the year for the real thing

 

No more will you cry

Baby I will hurt you never

We start and end as one

In love forever

We can ride it together, ah ha

Making love with each other, ah ha

 

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in between

How can we be wrong

Sail away with me

To another world

And we rely on each other, ah ha

From one lover to another, ah ha

 

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in between

How can we be wrong

Sail away with me

To another world

And we rely on each other, ah ha

From one lover to another, ah ha

 

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in between

How can we be wrong

Sail away with me

To another world

And we rely on each other, ah ha

From one lover to another, ah ha

 

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in between

 

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb

Islands in the Stream lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

25 thoughts on “Islands in the Stream

  1. You shocked me, Jill, not with your choice of songs, but that this song was written by the Gibb brothers, and that it was intended for Marvin Gaye. I would love to hear it as soul. The country and western version is okay, but I personally thought he should have stuck to rock, and ballads. That was where he shone for me. His first hit, after he left the New Christie Minstrels, was JUST DROPPED IN (to see what condition my condition was in).
    But my favourite of all time by KR was The Ballad of Reuben James. Priceless.

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    • I … shocked YOU??? Wow! I didn’t think it was possible 😉 I dunno … I cannot picture this song being done as soul. I love this version, but have seen others that were far less … um … energetic, charismatic … for lack of better words. Ooohhhh … I remember that one … to see what condition my condition was in … haven’t thought about that one in ages. I had to Google and watch the video of Reuben James, for it didn’t ring a bell with me. No, not my style. Boy, KR was YOUNG there, wasn’t he? Wait for today’s song … you will either love or hate it. I’m curious to see which. 😉

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  2. I LOVE Kenny Rogers! Dolly Parton, only when singing with Kenny. I’ve lost count of the times that I went to his concerts over the years. I still have an autographed album stored away, somewhere. The Gambler was also my favorite of his movies. Still I must disagree, in part, with your statement : “he is not at all hard on the eyes!” He had a cuddly teddy bear appearance, before he let multiple plastic surgeries destroy the face I loved. He should have followed the advice of the Gambler…”knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep.” Thank-you, I love these music posts!

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    • Ahhhhhh … that explains it, then! he was handsome … at least to me, for I love beards … back when he made this video and when that b&w photo was taken, but when I went in search of pics last night, the ones in the past 10-15 years looked awful! I wondered if perhaps he had been very ill or something, but plastic surgery ‘splains it all! Such a shame. Anyway … glad I picked a song you liked!

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  3. When that song was popular, I recall being young enough that I would never have found him handsome at all, and yet now, that black and white photo of him is very nice indeed–and probably far younger than I am now! ahaha!

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    • Right … he was ‘old’ to us back then! 😀 Have you seen recent pics of him? You should Google … he looks terrible. I thought perhaps he was ill, but Ellen was saying he has had multiple plastic surgeries. Such a shame.

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      • Poor thing–I am not famous, but I have to admit I genuinely thought that if I somehow did not use up my youth and looks, they would always be there. I was apparently wrong and not really happy about it, but no way would I subject myself to unneeded surgery and injections and things like that. It is too bad that famous people feel obliged to do it too. I see them fairly often in Woodstock, some as friends or clients and some just at the table next to us at breakfast, but…when you get older, there is very little that genuinely helps. That filler stuff makes people look bulgy to me, and those chin and cheek implants and whatever they do to the nose to balance it results in a lot of handsome men wearing beards forever now. Oh well–best wishes to all of us, and I hope we all look great without that difficult stuff!

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        • Hah! I am like you … I don’t know how it happened that I am now old and look old! Sometimes when I pass by a mirror, I am startled and think, “WHO is that old hag and WHAT is she doing in here???” I feel like I still look as I did when I was about 30 … but I don’t. I don’t have time for vanity, for hair dyes and facelifts, for trips to a beauty salon. I am what I am, and what you see is what you get! I recently sent a pic to a dear friend who replied with, “you have a lived-in face”. Um … better than a botoxed one, I suppose!

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