Bonus Aural: The Samples


From The Editor: Many, many months ago I joked with Gawker’s Richard Lawson that I was going to post eco-friendly alt-band The Samples‘ “Feel Us Shaking” as one of our daily aurals. I held off for a few reasons.

First, even though I love this song, I have to admit it kind of sucks – the rhymes are trite, singer Sean Kelly’s voice can be a bit grating and the sentiment simply seems outdated. Second, there’s no engaging music video for this track, which came out in 1989, and I didn’t know how people would feel about a seagull flying around and waves crashing.

Upon further reflection, however, I can’t imagine more appropriate imagery for this sappy song. I’ve gone ahead and included the lyrics down below, although secretly hope you all know the words already.

(PS: While we’re on the subject of good/bad 1990s music – does anyone out there remember a small folk band called Aunt Betsy? I once had their tape (!) and lost it. If any of you kids know what I’m talking about, email me. I would be thrilled!)

gentle thoughts meander through the sand
as the ship made currents reach the land
the omniscient sun paving through the sky
and when it’s done all the seabirds fly

I’d like to stay but I couldn’t stay with you
I have to go, but I have a lot I want to do
pleasures be waiting by the sea
with a smile for all the world to see

diamond waves through sunglass days go by
so beautiful to be here and alive
though I’ve built sometimes so hard did I survive?
CAN YOU feel us shaking?

beneath the sea another world exists
it’s tugging me by the ankles and my wrists
the morning wind come and pull me away
out to where the dolphins play

diamond waves through sunglass days go by
so beuatiful to be here and alive
though I’ve built sometimes so hard did I survive?
CAN YOU feel us shaking?

pleasures be waiting by the sea
with a smile for all the world to see