Moonlight Swim

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Words & Music: Sylvia Dee/ Ben Weisman
Let's go on a moonlight swim
Far away from the crowd
All alone upon the beach
Our lips and our arms
Close within each other's reach
Will be on a moonlight swim

Let's go on a moonlight swim
To the raft we can race
After just a little while
I'll sit and pretend
That you're on a desert isle
With me on a moonlight swim

Though the air is cold
With kisses oh so sweet
I'll keep you warm
So very warm from head to you feet

Let's go on a moonlight swim
We're in love and above
There's a crazy balloon
That sits winking down
And inviting us to come on in
On a moonlight swim
Recorded: 1961/03/22, first released on Blue Hawaii

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2013report abuse
Just listen when Elvis sings along with the girls. Amazing! A poor song, but what a performance by E.P. I just don't know why such songs were given to Elvis at this stage. He never recorded anything before Blue Hawaii that resembles this, did he? Then why did people write these songs for our man, instead off the material he was used to.
john804 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 9, 2012report abuse
Love it!
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 9, 2012report abuse
One of the songs I don´t like on this otherwise great album, from childhood I loved Rock-A-Hula Baby and Almost Always True, as older I really like Can´t Help Falling in Love and Ku-U-I-Po too. Elvis is in great voice throughout the whole album though.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 9, 2012report abuse
I can defend this. It is a terrible song with a horrible arrangement. The lyrics are especially bad. And yet, Elvis' voice floats above it all. It is very much one of Elvis' most Dean Martinesque songs and vocals. But Elvis had a high range that Dino didn't. He just floated along the surface of this and managed to sound graceful, no matter how bad the material. And, honestly, it is an experimental kind of vocal from Elvis, with nothing quite so crooner-like before. "Pocketful of Rainbows" is far better, but also showed off Elvis' ease and range. It does point the way toward some of the excesses of the worst of the Hollywood years, I think this track maintains a little charm due to Elvis' vocal. ("Ito Eats" on the other hand, goes on the bottom of my list with "Yoga Is...", "Datin'", "Old MacD" and "He's Your Uncle"....and others)
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This isn't a great song, but I've always found it to be very enjoyable to listen to and the girl backing group fit in very nicely on this recording too. There are no songs from the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack album that I don't like listening to. When I listen to this soundtrack album, I never skip any of the songs.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 4, 2012report abuse
Well I don't like everything he recorded, but I find this enjoyable, and welcome a girl backing group, as a refreshing change. The whole production is jaunty, happy and conveys a good feel factor. Songs like I Feel So Bad are superb, but I have been a long term fan because he varied his style, and created different moods
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2012report abuse
Unable to defend this song one bit. Rubbish puré rubbish one for the trash can.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2012report abuse
"Moonlight Swim", not a favorite song of mine, either, but thankfully before and after, Elvis recorded much better music. Hollywood almost ruined his recording career.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2012report abuse
This song I don´t like to much but I don´t hate it and it doesn´t make me cringe because NO Elvissong bring those feelings to me. Fortunately there were 6 or 7 really good songs on the album and a couple of good ones to .
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2010report abuse
There were 11 very enjoyable tracks on the soundtrack LP "Blue Hawaii" and there was one subpar, but fortunately very short one ("Ito Eats). There was also two mediocre ones, "Beachboy Blues" and this one. The song isn't bad and Elvis sings it well, but what is up with the girl chorus? Where did they get them from? They just about spoil the track. As far as criticizing Elvis for not having an edge in his voice while singing MS, it is hardly the kind of song you would sing with an edge and he had edgeless songs in the past. Most noteably on his 2nd LP with cuts like "First In Line" and "Old Shep". I will take MS over these two anyday even with the girl chorus.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 11, 2009report abuse
I cringe everytime I hear it which is not often believe me. Pure sap.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 18, 2009report abuse
I actually hate this song. It represents all the badness of the Hollywood songs rolled into one. Awful girl chorus, stupid movie scene, and a 26 year old King wanting to be crooner and singing with none of the edge we all know he possessed.

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