Twenty Six Miles Tuning (Santa Catlina)

Lyrics: Glen Larson, Bruce Belland
Music: Glen Larson, Bruce Belland

A fragment of this was played by the Grateful Dead just before they went into the encore on 26 September 1972

The original version (by The Four Preps) had lyrics:

Twenty six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waiting for me
Santa Catalina, the island of
Romance, romance, romance, romance

Water all around it everywhere
Tropical trees and salty air
But for me the thing that's a-waiting is
Romance, romance, romance, romance

It seems so distant twenty six miles away ??
Resting in the waters serene
I'd work for anyone, even the navy
Who would float me to my island green

Twenty six miles, so near yet so far
I'd swim with just some water wings and my guitar
I would leave the wings, I could leave the guitar
For romance, romance, romance, romance


A tropical heaven, out in the ocean
Covered with trees and girls
If I have to swim I'll do it forever
Till I'm gazing on those island girls

Forty kilometres in a leaky old boat
Any old thing that'll stay afloat
When we arrive we'll all promote romance, romance, romance


Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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