"Beach Comber" as written by and Martin Courtney....
What you want is just outside your reach
You keep on searchin'
You're walking down that Pensacola beach
You keep repeatin'

While you're waiting for that sound
Apparatus to the ground
You're stealing from the lost and found
But what you find
Ain't what you had in mind

Until you find your Rolex in the sand
You won't be stopping
Until that solid gold is in your hand
You won't be happy
Call your office on the phone
You can't say you won't be coming home
You fell into
Vacation zone
Oh, oh, oh


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"Beach Comber" as written by Martin Courtney

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  • +2
    General CommentA song about never being content with what you have are where you are in life. Wasting your life because you cant be happy in the present without having an ideal about what your life "should" have been.
    ohiooo88on November 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe last line is:

    You fell into vacation zone
    sticker14on January 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correctionlast part is

    "Call your office on the phone.
    Say you won't be coming home.
    We fell into vacations on our own."
    saladfingerzon July 27, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI agree with lokey and ohiooo88, in that I believe this song is about discontent with life< but I believe it is much more of a matter than just involving money. The way the singer speaks of "solid" gold kind of makes it seems like more of an ephemeral need than a financial need, in which a person requires something to satiate them in a physical or "real" sense. Money can serve this purpose, but the way the song feels to me, especially the outro, this song seems to be talking about a need beyond money. This beach comber is hoping to find anything to get him by in the sands of life.
    Sadexon December 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI agree with lokey and ohiooo88, in that I believe this song is about discontent with life< but I believe it is much more of a matter than just involving money. The way the singer speaks of "solid" gold kind of makes it seems like more of an ephemeral need than a financial need, in which a person requires something to satiate them in a physical or "real" sense. Money can serve this purpose, but the way the song feels to me, especially the outro, this song seems to be talking about a need beyond money. This beach comber is hoping to find anything to get him by in the sands of life.
    Sadexon December 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm not sure how these lyrics could be this off base...the words as they're set down here give the song the opposite of its intended meaning. Corrections:

    "YOU'LL be happy" not "you won't be happy"

    "Say you won't be coming home" not "you can't say you won't be coming home"

    "You fell into vacation zone" not "you're balancing vacations on a rope"

    The guy (a beachcomber) is looking for something valuable on the beach (like a Rolex watch) with his metal detector ("apparatus to the ground"). Instead what he "finds" is that he's happier just walking down the beach, freed from everyday cares like work ("call your office on the phone / say you won't be coming home"). Being freed from thus cares, he enters a sort of blissful state at this realization, and thus falls into a "vacation zone."
    fuiq4on July 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the very last line is:

    You're balancing vacations on a rope
    kennethvegaon December 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a lovely, Shins-esque song. :3
    Willboeon March 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat you want is just outside your reach
    You keep on searchin'
    You're walking down that Pensacola beach
    You keep repeatin'
    While you're waiting for that sound
    Apparatus to the ground
    You're stealing from the lost and found
    But what you find
    ain't what you had in mind
    Until you find your Rolex in the sand
    You won't be stopping
    Until that solid gold is in your hand
    You won't be happy
    Nah, call your office on the phone
    You can't say you won't be coming home
    You're balancing vacations on a rope
    enjoyyourrootson October 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningAt its most superficial, the song is about a person using a metal detector on the beach, looking for buried treasure. But on a more meaningful level, I agree with ohiooo88, it is about feeling discontent with life. I believe it is referring to those who spend their whole life chasing money because they think once they become rich their life will be complete, but they overlook the real meaning of life which is to appreciate and enjoy every day.
    lokeyon October 27, 2011   Link

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