1Songs About the Beach

10406713_10152472436286113_7797433007479312659_nMaybe its June sinking in, maybe its my itch to get out of the indoors, out of my office, out of air conditioners and artificial lights and be outside, or maybe its because my soul feels freer by the ocean. Whatever the reason, I have had the beach on my mind all week, so much so that I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the shock of cold Pacific ocean water sting my legs. So, why not celebrate my beach longings with a top five list of favorite beach songs?

guitar-in-sandThe only trouble is, there are so many ocean/sea/beach songs I love, so much so that I think I could fill about five or six playlists with them all. The challenge this presented is one that requires either careful cutting of beloved tunes, or giving in to the random first five songs that come to mind when I think of songs about the beach. I decided to be random, I mean, it is Friday, after all.

So, getting all random about it, here are my Top 5 Songs About the Beach:

5. Walk on the Ocean :: Toad the Wet Sprocket
from the album, fear

We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail,
Where are we going?
So far away.
And somebody told me that this is the place,
where everything’s better,
everything’s safe.”

4. Redondo Beach :: Patti Smith
from the album, Horses

I was looking for you.
Are you gone gone?”

3. He’s on the Beach :: Lemonheads
from the Big Gay Heart single

And he says it’s brilliant there,
there’s something in the air,
and sunshine everywhere.”

2. The Sea :: Morcheeba
from the album, Big Calm

I left my soul there,
down by the sea.”

1. Verdi Cries :: 10,000 Maniacs
from the album, In My Tribe

Holidays must end as you know.
All is memory taken home with me:
the opera, the stolen tea, the sand drawing, the verging sea, all years ago.”

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