Song of the Day: Rockaway Beach by Ramones

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“Rockaway Beach” is a song by the American punk rock band the Ramones from their 1977 album Rocket to Russia.

Lyrics:

Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum the sun is out and I want some
It’s not hard, not far to reach we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach
Up on the roof, out on the street down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow they blast out the disco on the radio

Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach
Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach
Up on the roof, out on the street
Down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow they blast out the disco on the radio

Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
Rock rock rockaway beach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

……

The song was written by bassist Dee Dee Ramone in the style of the Beach Boys and early surf rock bands. The song is about Rockaway Beach, Queens, where Dee Dee liked to spend time. Guitarist Johnny Ramone claimed that Dee Dee was “the only real beachgoer” in the group. Released in 1977, it was the Ramones’ highest-charting single in their career, peaking at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100. In June, 2013, the song was used in a radio ad campaign sponsored by Queens Economic Development Corporation to promote recovery from Hurricane Sandy by drawing New Yorkers back to Rockaway Beach.

“Rockaway Beach” has been covered by Swedish rock band Sahara Hotnights, American punk rock band The Queers (who covered the entire Rocket to Russia album in 1994 on Rocket to Russia), American punk rock band The Huntingtons (who covered a number of other Ramones songs on Rocket to Ramonia), Morrissey collaborator and former Polecat, Boz Boorer, Canadian rock band Deja Voodoo (also in Finnish), German punk band Die Toten Hosen on its “Alles wird vorübergehen” single, and Spanish rock bandSiniestro Total (in Spanish, under the title “Rock en Samil”, a popular beach near the group’s hometown Vigo in Galicia). In 1994 Joey Ramone, in a duet with R&B artist General Johnson, released a Carolina beach music version of the song as part of the album “Godchildren of Soul.”

Ramones

Origin Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1974–1996
Labels Sire, Philips, Beggars Banquet,Radioactive, Chrysalis
Past members
  • Dee Dee Ramone
  • Johnny Ramone
  • Joey Ramone
  • Tommy Ramone
  • Marky Ramone
  • Richie Ramone
  • Elvis Ramone
  • C. J. Ramone

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