Under The Boardwalk – Drifters

June 12, 2022

“Under The Boardwalk” is a sweetly melancholic song written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick. It features glimpses of the boardwalk and childhood memories embedded in the small things, such as being dragged to bed by Mother. The song was recorded by the Drifters and quickly rose to fame. It topped the charts, including #1 on US Cash Box R&B and #4 on US Billboard Hot 100.

If you’re feeling down and want to listen to something moody but comforting, give it a go!

Facts about “Under The Boardwalk” – Drifters

  • The Drifters recorded the song in the winter of 1964
  • The tune was originally released as a single in the summer of 1965 on the Drifters’ own Strutt label
  • The song was famously remixed & produced by DJ Mikey J
  • An alternate version of the song, with a slightly different melody line, was recorded by another group called The Mouseketeers, produced by the same team known as Hugo & Luigi. This version has slight lyrical differences, but it’s essentially the same song.
  • The song has since been covered by legends like The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, and Bette Midler. 

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

Oh, when the sun beats down

And burns the tar up on the roof

And your shoes get so hot

You wish your tired feet were fireproof

Under the boardwalk

Down by the sea

On a blanket with my baby

Is where I’ll be

[Chorus]

(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun

(Under the boardwalk) People walking above

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be making love

Under the boardwalk, boardwalk

[Verse 2]

From the park you hear

The happy sound of a carousel

Mmm, you can almost taste

The hot dogs and French fries they sell

Under the boardwalk

Down by the sea, yeah

On a blanket with my baby

Is where I’ll be

[Chorus]

(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun

(Under the boardwalk) People walking above

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be making love

Under the boardwalk, boardwalk

[Refrain]

Oh, under the boardwalk

Down by the sea, yeah

On a blanket with my baby

Is where I’ll be

[Chorus]

(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun

(Under the boardwalk) People walking above

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be falling in love

Under the boardwalk, boardwalk

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