"Down By The Sea" as written by Gregory Ham, Colin Hay, Jerry Speiser and Ronald Strykert....
Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me,
We overdosed on pleasure

Yonnies in the wind,
We're ruggin' up for winter
Putting out the bins
In cold and windy weather

Down by the docks
Live all the silent sea-ships
Crates are stored on blocks
Where now only the rats live

Sail me down the river
Till we reach the shore
Diving into the center
Eating out the core

Down on the beach
Saluting Captain Benbow
Always out of reach
It's quiet when the tide's low

Climbing up the cliffs
You can see for miles far
The boat that ran adrift
Is sitting on the sandbar

Laughing at the waves
That storm the river mouth
The ice is on the move now
Creeping north and south

Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me
We over-dosed on pleasure

Listen to your heart
Screamin' at the sky
Can't you feel it tremble?
Don't you wonder why?


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"Down by the Sea" as written by Colin James Hay Gregory Ham

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    General CommentHow has nobody commented on this song? This is such a beautiful song!!!
    bill1985on February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, this song is amazing. I love the part at the beginning where the notes just seem to flow together. It's a really good song to drift off to, every time I hear it while I'm lying awake in bed I always seem to fall asleep right before the last verse. *grin*
    indiexchickon April 06, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI am proposing that this location "Down By The Sea" is in Portsmouth, UK (England). Colin Hay is from North Ayrshire Scotland which is 8 hours north by car of Portsmouth, or less than 2 hours by air. Colin lived in Scotland until he was 14, so I'm not sure if this song is based on a romance from his youth, or later in life.

    They overdosed on pleasure on the beach near Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which is open to the public.
    Yonnies in the wind, are stones that they threw into the water.
    Ruggin' up for winter could be the clothes they wore, or it could be the Dockyard setting up for winter operations.
    Bins are trash containers that perhaps workers were putting out.
    Down by the docks live all the silent sea ships which are historic ships that are permanently placed there. You can look these up on the wiki page for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    Sailing down the river to the shore is definitely possible if you lookup the region on google maps.
    Diving to the center, eating out the core could be oral sex on the beach, at Southsea Beach specifically, or perhaps the path of their boat moving inland toward Hayling Island.
    Saluting Captain Benbow is also possible since the John Benbow Figurehead statue is located at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    Climbing up the cliffs is also possible at nearby Solent Cliff.
    The boat that ran adrift that's sitting on the sandbar, is likely at Hayling Island 15 minutes away. An old boiler, "Hayling Island Boiler" is there from a past shipwreck.
    Laughing at the waves, until a storm brings ice. This could be the trouble in their relationship. Moving North and South could be the traveling to see each other between Scotland and England? This is just a guess. He screams at the sky and asks why they can't stay together? He seems very upset at this point.
    sleevemeisteron July 20, 2017   Link

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