“Under the Boardwalk” is a classic hit song by The Drifters, released in 1964. The track is one of the group’s most iconic songs, known for its nostalgic and summery feel.

About The Song

The lyrics of “Under the Boardwalk” describe a romantic rendezvous between lovers at a seaside boardwalk. The song paints a vivid picture of a leisurely summer day, capturing the carefree and intimate moments shared by the couple away from the hustle and bustle. Lines like “Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, on a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be” evoke a sense of relaxation and joy.

Musically, “Under the Boardwalk” combines elements of pop, soul, and R&B. It features a memorable melody, smooth harmonies, and a laid-back rhythm that perfectly complements the song’s theme. The use of a prominent guitar riff, along with subtle percussion and background vocals, creates a breezy, easygoing atmosphere.

“Under the Boardwalk” was a commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its popularity has endured over the decades, making it a staple of oldies radio and summer playlists.

The song has been covered by numerous artists, further cementing its place in music history. Its timeless appeal lies in its evocative lyrics, catchy tune, and the warm, nostalgic feelings it invokes.

“Under the Boardwalk” remains a beloved classic, representing the quintessential summer romance and the timeless sound of The Drifters.

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Lyric

[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