Song Lyric Sunday – 14 November 2021 – Remember (Walking In the Sand)

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Birth, Death, Life.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Today I am featuring the Shangri-Las‘ first national hit single, Remember (Walking In the Sand). The song is about young love gone wrong, as the singer remembers all the good times with the guy who inexplicably left her.

George “Shadow” Morton wrote this song. Morton was an aspiring songwriter who was recommended by Ellie Greenwich to her husband Jeff Barry. Barry wanted to find out if Morton could give him a song, so Morton arranged meetings with musicians and the Shangri-Las for a future demo session. However, while driving to Barry’s studio for the session, Morton remembered that he forgot to write a song! So, he pulled over to the side of the road and began writing. Thus, the song was born. (This sounds a rather weak story to me)

A young Billy Joel played the piano on the sessions for this song. He was about 15 at the time and recorded ‘Leader Of The Pack’ and ‘Remember (Walking In The Sand)’ and both songs were recorded in a couple of hours just as backing tracks. He was never really sure who it was for and then he heard ‘Remember (Walking In The Sand)’, by the Shangri-Las, on the radio, and he realised that he was paid nothing whatsoever for his contribution to this hit record!

The Shangri-Las’ version can be viewed at the bottom of this post but the version I am favouring is by Jeff Beck featuring Imelda May. I hope you enjoy both versions.

Walking in the Sand

Jeff Beck

Seems like the other day
My baby, he went away
He went away across the sea

It’s been two years ago
That’s when my baby go
That’s when this letter it came to me

He said that we were through
He’d found somebody new
Oh, let me think
Oh, let me think
What can I do?

Oh no
Oh no
Oh no no no no no
Walking in the sand
Walking hand in hand
The night was so exciting
His lips were so inviting

Whatever happened to
The boy that I once knew
The boy who said he’d be true
What will happen to
The life I gave to you
What will I do with my heart now

walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand in hand
(Remember) walking in the sand

walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand in hand
(Remember) walking in the sand

walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand in hand
(Remember) walking in the sand

walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand in hand
(Remember) walking in the sand

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: George Francis Morton

Walking in the Sand lyrics © Trio Music Co Inc

The Shangri-Las – Remember (Walking in the Sand) Original footage

24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 14 November 2021 – Remember (Walking In the Sand)

  1. I also prefer the Imelda May version. She is pretty amazing and I love her snappy dress! When I see videos of the 1960’s era and remember all those awful “beehives” and winkle-picker shoes I shake my head. But then I was always “square” and still am. Dead boring!

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  2. I like the Jeff Beck and Imelda May version, they really killed it. I have heard the Shangri-Las’s version many times, but this is the first time I ever watched the video, thanks for sharing it Peter.

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      1. We used to live just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean and spent a lot of time on the beach. 🙂 That as much as I’ll tell here. 😉
        BTW: As much as we tried not to carry sand into our car, it still got in there somehow! 😮 😀

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