Monday, September 10, 2018

Deep Blue Sea

This summer I learned a simple but beautiful old time song called "Deep Blue Sea" from the talented Christen Blanton. It is a perfect song for singing simple harmony, but the words are not so perfect... after a lovely, perky opening repeating "Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea," it ends in the inevitable watery death: "It was Willy what got 'drowneded' in the deep blue sea." Not so good for young kids. Or sensitive adults, for that matter.

So I wrote some alternate lyrics for the little ones, which especially work here a couple of hours from the coast, where so many kids look forward to going to the beach every summer. It's not exactly a work of art, but I like it better than anyone "drowneding."

Deep Blue Sea

Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea
Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea
Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea
I wish that I could go right now to see the deep blue sea

I’d jump and run in the big blue waves x 3
I wish that I could go right now to see the deep blue sea

I’d dig and build in the sparkling sand x 3
I wish that I could go right now to see the deep blue sea

I’d see the dolphins leap and play x 3
I wish that I could go right now to see the deep blue sea

I’d find myself some fancy shells x 3
I wish that I could go right now to see the deep blue sea

Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea x 3
I wish that I could go right now to see the deep blue sea

Here's a mistake-ridden video of a couple verses, if you haven't heard the tune, and a harmony suggestion:


Simple, right?

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