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Sand Castles

June 24, 2022

I wrote a ton of songs in the late 1970s. Some of them were commercial successes, others were not. One that was especially successful was Sand Castles. I’ve drawn this page from my book, Three A.M.  to share with you a little behind the scenes history of this song.

Sand Castles

© 1978 Allen E. Rizzi

Instr.

V1       I was down on the beach this evening

Watching the tide take away;

Silly sand castles

Built in the warmth of day.

V2       It took me back quite a few years

To some castles I’d built on my own;

Silly sand castles

Built there to stand alone.

Ch.      The years go on by

And I’ve learned how to cry….

To smile for awhile in between.

I’ve been up in the air

And I guess I’m still there

Looking down at my castles and my dreams….

V3       I drove by your old place tonight

To see what the tide took away;

Silly sand castles,

Too bad they never stay.

Ch.      The years go on by

And I’ve learned how to cry….

To smile for awhile in between.

I’ve been up in the air

And I guess I’m still there

Looking down at my castles and my dreams….

Coda   Instr.

Back Scene 2011:

This was great poetry for the time and the song was inspired by an evening after dinner at the Malibu Pier in Malibu, California. It had a perfect “play” length  of 2:45 when it was released. It was extensively recorded (four artists including me) and was one of my largest commercial hits, charting in 1979 and again in 1980. I never could do vocal justice to the song and it was handled much better by the three female artists who recorded the song. I still love the chorus and hum it more than occasionally.

Here is the 1978 first very rough demo of this song. Note that this was recorded in my living room with no sound equipment whatsoever. The cassette tape survived poorly but here it is in all of its crudeness:

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4 Comments
  1. Nice piece. Speaks to me of the 60’s as I lived them and now as I look back on the people and events of those memories sixty years later. Happy to make your acquaintance.

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  2. Great song, Allen, with heavy lyrics. Moving.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Great song and very lovely singing. Thanks for the treat. Blessings Allen hope you and yours are fine. 🦋

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