Remember (Walking in the Sand)

The Shangri-Las

About Remember (Walking in the Sand)

"Remember (Walking in the Sand)", also known as "Remember", is a song written by George "Shadow" Morton. It was originally recorded by the girl group The Shangri-Las, who had a top five hit with it in 1964. A remake by Aerosmith in 1979 was a minor hit. There have been many other versions of the song as well.


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Seems like the other day
My baby went away
He went away 'cross the sea
It's been two years or so
Since I saw my baby go
And then this letter came for me

It said that we were through
He found somebody new (who?)
Let me think, let me think
What can I do?

Oh, no
Oh, no
Oh, no, no, no, no, no

(Remember) walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand-in-hand
(Remember) the night was so exciting
(Remember) smile was so inviting
(Remember) then he touched my cheek
(Remember) with his fingertips
Softly, softly we'd meet with our lips

Whatever happened to
The boy that I once knew?
The boy who said he'd be true
Oh, what happened to
The life I gave to you
What will I do with it now?

(Remember) walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand-in-hand
(Remember) the night was so exciting
(Remember) his smile was so inviting
(Remember) then he touched my cheek
(Remember) with his fingertips
(Remember) softly

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The Shangri-Las

The Shangri-Las were an American pop girl group of the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1966 they charted with often heartbreaking teen melodramas, and remain best known for "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)". more »

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Written by: George Francis Morton

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11 facts about this song

"Remember (Walking in the Sand)" is originally a song written by George "Shadow" Morton and first recorded by the girl group, The Shangri-Las, in 1964.
Chart Status
Upon its release, the song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of The Shangri-Las' biggest hits.
Aerosmith's Cover
The song was later covered by the American rock band Aerosmith in 1987, appearing on their album "Permanent Vacation."
Aerosmith's Performance
Aerosmith's version of the song peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1987.
Unique Collaborations
The song features a saxophone solo by Tom Scott on Aerosmith’s version.
Video Development
Aerosmith's music video for the song is performed in the form of a dream sequence and features the band playing in an alley as they are surrounded by women in lingerie.
Inspired Productions
George "Shadow" Morton was inspired to write this song by a challenge from Ellie Greenwich, a songwriter and producer, to write a hit song himself, as he always fancied himself a songwriter despite no concrete body of work.
Studio Recording
Morton says he wrote this song in 22 minutes on the subway to the recording studio, and that Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las added the lyrics about the "seashells falling out of her hands".
Pop Culture Influence
The song's popularity has led it to be covered by multiple other artists over the years, including Bette Midler, The Beach Boys and Lana Del Rey.
Emotional Impact
The song is often remembered for its haunting lyrics, melancholic melody and distinctive seagull sounds, which are meant to evoke a feeling of nostalgia and loss.
Album Success
Aerosmith’s “Permanent Vacation” marks the band's successful return to the music scene in the late 80s, with "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" as one of the album's highlights.

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