Sometimes life gets so overwhelming, filling us with enough fear that we want to hide far away from the world. And when this happens, don’t you just wish you could listen to a few songs about the beach, relax, and let your mind take a much needed vacation?
Well, that’s the goal today. In this article, I’m going to present you with some of my favorite beach songs, and hopefully, you’ll discover a few music gems to add to your own playlist or vinyl rotation.
Songs About the Beach You’ll Love
Let’s begin with a Zac Brown Band song.
Toes by the Zac Brown Band
As we strive to overcome our fears, we seek inspiration for what we want or want to be. Can you relate to the Zac Brown Band in the words of Toes? Do you have a place you want to escape? Are you so laid back that the days fly by, or are you dreaming of letting everything in life that’s overwhelming you float away while you indulge in the good life? If an inspiration just came to you, would you be able to let it out? Or would you fear what others would say or think of your ideas?
I love how this song came about because we all have those moments of epiphany in our lives. Wyatt Durrett had one when he turned thirty and as he was enjoying his day along the beaches in Key West. Turning to one of his friends, he said, “I’ve got my toes in the water, a** in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today!”
And then he had to call Zac and tell him we needed to start working on this song. The creative moment of this song and its words are inspiring never to let fear hold any of our ideas back.
Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Otis Redding was a man known for his ideas. He had been in San Francisco, staying in a boathouse, when he had the idea for (Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay. The storyline in this song reminds us that sometimes we need to take a moment. It’s natural as humans that fear sometimes paralyzes us, holding us back from doing and accomplishing. The inspiration of the words within this song lets us know it’s okay, even suitable, to sit back and observe what is good about and around us.
Many people don’t realize that even though Otis had a fantastic idea that became one of his number one songs, Steve Cropper wrote the words about Otis. At the end of the song is Otis whistling to the music. Some say it was because he didn’t know what else to say about himself.
This song inspires us to take a moment, reflect, and find joy in who we are. Once you discover that anything that causes paralyzing fear becomes easier to overcome.
Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
Our last song about accepting who you are and breaking away from that fear is Soak Up the Sun, which looks at those awkward life moments we’ve all been through. Sheryl Crow and Jeff Trott came up with a good portion of this song as they were leaving behind the rainy season in Oregon and headed to New York. At the same time, most of us can easily relate to that dark clouded rainy day feeling. Longing to feel the warmth of just being filled with happiness, we can also understand that challenging experience’s when we feel as if we’ll never get there.
The lyrics of this song open in that space where we all feel stuck, but by the time you get to the course, you can feel the inspiration for better moments to come. The song touches on those moments when we think we are not enough, how we often struggle to see eye to eye with others and accept ourselves for who we are.
The music in the background was intended and gave that Beach Boy fun in the sun, pulling every listener out of any gloomy feeling they are stuck in. The best thing about this song is that it inspires us never to fear who we are. Accepting ourselves will reveal a brighter future.
Facing whatever scares you the most or holds you back can be challenging. I hope the words of these songs reveal as much inspiration to let you be you as they have for me. I want you to see the wonderful person you are and start your journey of love within yourself.
Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
Many people feel the deep-rooted emotion of wanting love, maybe even have seen what love looks like for others, yet truly feel that emptiness. Beyond the Sea, originally sung in English by Bobby Darin, is a fantastic inspiration that love exists for each of us. The storyline in this song is about a man who will go sailing to the ends of the earth to find his one true love.
As the song comes to an end, one discovers sailing is not his passion as he says, “no more, so long, and bye-bye sailing.”
La Mer by Charles Trenet
Even in the truly original French version of La Mer sung by Charles Trenet, you can feel the inspiration of a man who believes in his love. The inspiration I see in these words is a willingness to step outside of one’s comfort zone, try new things, and meet new people.
You’ll discover love when you least expect it.
Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters
The Drifters reveal the experience of summer love in words assembled with care in Under the Boardwalk. The song opens with real pain and quickly tells how a moment of love can make that pain feel irrelevant. As you’re carried into the soft melody and joyful memories of an out of sight love, how exuberant one feels when they are falling in love.
The Drifters melancholy tone of this song was much more profound than a brief love. Rudy Lewis, the lead singer, had passed away right before they were to record, and Johnny Moore sang in his place. Hearing this song always reminds me that even though love is sometimes secret and brief, it’s worth the experience.
I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes by The Drifters
Love is such a deep emotion that stays with us even after the revision of The Drifters in 1958. They do a great job of revealing the lonely heartaches we all experience in the sequel song I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes.
Even though it doesn’t have the same melancholy tone, the story of emotions one feels after experiencing love is quite relatable. The warmth of that love experience left within the heart reminds us that these beautiful memories are worth the experience.
Kokomo by The Beach Boys
Our final discovering love inspirational song was intended for a movie scene when a young man goes from being a bartender in New York to Jamaica. The song Kokomo was designed to represent a paradise island where people want to go to get away from it all. Yet as you listen to the words, the inspiration for sharing love is revealed in a honeymooner’s dream.
A conglomeration of artists sharing ideas and memories takes the love we dream of to new heights. There is that special someone, and the dream of spending time making magical memories with only them is racing through our hearts. As we listen to the words through the body-moving melodies, we are inspired that once we discover our loves, we will be encouraged to enjoy every moment!
Experiencing love is a journey. Some attachments are brief, teaching us what we value in those relationships. Defining the individual we are and all we want to share with another. I hope the words of these songs and the harmony behind them give you the courage to experience and know many types of love. Life is lovely when you let go and genuinely spend time enjoying life.
Some Beach by Blake Shelton
For some of us, it’s hard just to let our hair down, untuck, and loosen the tie. We often strive so hard for success that we fear others seeing the real raw side. As we discover what relates to the happenings in our daily lives, Some Beach is an excellent set of lyrics that talks about how we are feeling.
Rory Feek and Paul Overstreet took the words we may have often heard as replacement words for what one really wants to say and transformed them into this life-related song.
While we can picture ourselves going through the life moment in this song, it offers us the thought that there is a place where we can relax and enjoy life. Blake Shelton, known for being the type of laid-back person we all dream of, does a great job of sharing that even though our daily lives can be filled with frustrations, it feels fantastic to let self-expressions go.
Down at the Lah De Dah by Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett talks about life Down at the Lah De Dah, a song that takes us away from the stress of our lives. As he talks about escaping technology, work, and that dark cloud that seems to be looming overhead.
He reveals that you should indulge in where all your fears and worries are sent away. Getting lost in the La De Dah’s of this song has an almost extraordinary power to let whatever is holding us down be released.
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems by Kenny Chesney
Written by songwriter Casey Beathard inspired by the “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service” signs, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems encourages us to let go and live life truly. Getting lost in the fears of not succeeding, working hours a day wearing yourself out, and only daydreaming about those relaxing moments in life is not only encompassing but also unhealthy.
As we take the time to listen to Kenny Chesney sing this song, we take the time to know it’s okay for each one of us to take the time and just let go.
Wipe Out by The Surfaris
Wipe Out is the final song I’d like to look at as an inspiration to just let go and enjoy all of the life aspects. Now I realize this doesn’t have much for words, but the drum solo energy is so inspiring for the freeness we all desire to feel. Ron Wilson, who set the world record for continuous drum soloing, feeds the power we seek when we think of what carefree our lives can look like.
While these songs take us to new places, they also provide us with the knowledge that it’s right for us to let things go and experience freeing moments. I hope they do as much for you as they have done for me. You, too, can enjoy all the opportunities that offer you moments of pure joy.
This journey of lyrics and music was carefully thought about and put together with the idea of getting you out of your your stressful or anxiety-ridden mindset and begin a more calm, relaxing, and fun way of thinking. Songs like Under the Boardwalk, I’ve Got Sand in my Shoes, and Beyond the Sea inspire us to let go of our fears and experience all types of love.
Songs that share joy, like Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay and Soak Up the Sun, inspire us that we are everything we need to be–and that we always should be accepted for just that.
All of these songs about the beach give us knowledge, courage, and the freedom to be who we are–regardless of what society or the world says. Sure, sometimes a beach song is just a carefree beach tune. And other times, a beach song is a deeper, more inspirational record that deserves repeat listening.
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