I’ve mentioned about these two favorite subjects relating to songs before …..

1. The beautiful soothing sounds relating to the serenity of the ocean and

2. Absolutely STUNNING songs that were rejected or discarded for no discernible reason. 

This song (2 minutes 5 seconds) fits the bill perfectly for both.

With words and music from David Hess and Herb Goldberg, this beautiful song was recorded by Elvis on August 2, 1965 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood CA. It was for the movie β€œParadise Hawaiian Style,” which he began filming on August 7th in Hanauma Bay Hawaii.

The guitars on this song were played by Howard Roberts and Alton Hendrickson, who didn’t play on the rest of the soundtrack.

Why on earth this gorgeous ballad was cut from the movie is yet another in the long line of unanswered questions on distribution. Why it was never released as a single also remains unanswered some 57 years after the event?

Let’s discuss the beauty of these lyrics. Coupled with the extreme exquisiteness of the voice and the luscious delectable music – and I’m head over heals in love. Just as satin feels so nice to the touch, and touch is indeed crucial, these appellations softly spoken appease the internal senses in much the same manner as the cool smooth fabric on the skin.

At night
When the sky is still
When the south wind blows
And the air is warm
There’s a world that’s born

Evening air, with a slight balmy breeze …. It’s a world onto itself.

And for every child on the beach that day
Stands a castle tall and proud
And the warm wind crawls through the castle walls
And the night-folk wake as the warm wind calls

Play by little ones during the sunny day differs from the night and their proud works of art take in the gentle nights

When the fiddler crab plays his violin
On the back of a dancing whale
While the mermaid sing to the shell they bring
And the dragon leads with his sweeping tail

The many facets of the sea leads itself to colorful and fanciful descriptive tales if you use your imagination.

For the rosy dawn
Brings the children on to the beach that’s bright and new
And the night-folk know as the castles grow
They will play once more as the children do

As day turns to evening and then night returns to day, the alternate seaside purpose returns, children playing, growing and learning as they make joyful memories. The more the world changes, the more it stays the same.

It is us that grows and matures and changes. The world has its’ own constants for us to absorb and enjoy at each stage.

And it’s beautiful, like this song and the singer.

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Sand Castles

(Words and music by David Hess & Herb Goldberg)

At night
When the sky is still
When the south wind blows
And the air is warm
There’s a world that’s born

And for every child on the beach that day
Stands a castle tall and proud
And the warm wind crawls through the castle walls
And the night-folk wake as the warm wind calls

At night
When the sky is still
When the south wind blows
And the air is warm
There’s a world that’s born

Then the fiddler crab plays his violin
On the back of a dancing whale
While the mermaid sing to the shell they bring
And the dragon leads with his sweeping tail

At night
When the sky is still
When the south wind blows
And the air is warm
There’s a world that’s born

For the rosy dawn
Brings the children on to the beach that’s bright and new
And the night-folk know as the castles grow
They will play once more as the children do

At night
When the sky is still
When the south wind blows
And the air is warm
There’s a world that’s born

A world that’s born
There’s a world that’s born
A world that’s born

Recorded:08/02/1965, first released on Paradise, Hawaiian Style

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