♫ Beyond The Sea ♫

Okay, tonight I’m taking you waaaaaaay back again … all the way back to 1960 when I was but a wee, innocent lass of 9 years (actually, by this time I already knew how to hot-wire a car, had smoked my first pack of cigarettes, and … well, you don’t need to know the rest).  Some of you weren’t even born yet, but I bet you know this song anyway.

This is an English translation of “La Mer,” a French song from the 1940s originally recorded by Charles Trenet. “La Mer” was used in the 1948 movie Every Girl Should Be Married, starring Cary Grant.

Beyond the Sea has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin’s version released in late 1959 is the best known by many, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on the US R&B Chart, and #8 in the UK Singles Chart.

This song was also the title for the movie about his life starring Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin. Spacey himself performed most of the music for the movie.

Beyond The Sea
Bobby Darin

Somewhere beyond the sea
Somewhere waiting for me
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailin’

Somewhere beyond the sea
She’s there watching for me
If I could fly like birds on high
Then straight to her arms
I’d go sailing

It’s far beyond the stars
It’s near beyond the moon
I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon

We’ll meet beyond the shore
We’ll kiss just as before
Happy we’ll be beyond the sea
And never again I’ll go sailing

I know beyond a doubt, ah
My heart will lead me there soon
We’ll meet (I know we’ll meet) beyond the shore
We’ll kiss just as before
Happy we’ll be beyond the sea
And never again I’ll go sailing

No more sailing
So long sailing
Bye bye sailing

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Albert Lasry / Charles Trenet / Jack Lawrence
Beyond The Sea lyrics © Raoul Breton Editions, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

17 thoughts on “♫ Beyond The Sea ♫

    • Heh heh … yep. I lived for a time with my aunt and uncle when I was 8, and my teenage cousins taught me a lot … I learned to smoke and inhale, and to hot wire a car, even though my feet wouldn’t reach the pedals and I didn’t know how to drive one — but I knew how to make it go “vroom vroom”! That particular skill came in handy a few years later after I learned to drive but had no car of my own. I could always ‘borrow’ my father’s car while he was out of town on business! 🤣

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  1. I loved Bobby Daren. I had a recording of one of his live shows at the Copacabana. He used to alter the lyrics n his shows. This recording had him saying for the line “My lover stands on golden sands” “My lover stands on Bobby Sands.”

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    • Awesome … I’m so glad you liked him! He had a great deal of talent and died way too young, as have so many others. You say you ‘had’ a recording … I take it you no longer have it? I love the improvisation!

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      • Yeah, I think I still have it on my backup drive but can’t find it. The computer with my iTunes crashed a long time ago and so I need to hunt it down. Maybe I should have said “which I think I have but can’t find it.”

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