This song from 1961 does not need words. Pace the many YouTube renditions, it is not all about beaches. How do I know? Well, I lived it. It is about love, lost and found.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
(Tennyson, ‘In Memoriam’)
This is what it is about. 🙂
Wikipedia tells us:
“Stranger on the Shore” is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named “Jenny” after her. It was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people that was also called Stranger on the Shore. It was first released in 1961 in the UK, and then in the US, and reached number 1 on the singles chart in both countries.
In May 1969, the crew of Apollo 10 took “Stranger on the Shore” on their mission to the moon. Gene Cernan, a member of the crew, included the tune on a cassette tape used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft.