Cotton Candy Land

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Words & Music: Ruth Batchelor/ Bob Roberts
Sandman's comin', yes he's comin'
To sprinkle you with sand
He'll say "one, two, three"
And you'll be, In cotton candy land

Sandman's comin', yes he's comin'
He'll take you, by the hand
And you'll ride upon, a big white swan
In cotton candy land

You and the swan will float upon
A cloud of pink ice cream
Where every star is a candy bar
And the moon is a marshmallow dream

Sandman's comin', yes he's comin'
Take his magic hand
Now sleep tight
In cotton candy land

In cotton candy land...
Recorded: 1962/09/22, first released on It Happened at the World's Fair


JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2019report abuse
When you're a songwriter who's handed a script and asked to write a song to fit a certain scene in a film your options are limited. Chances are that you won't write the next big hit. You're just trying to write something that gets selected so that you get paid and can continue paying your bills. This is one such song among quite few in Elvis' '60's movies. Much worse were yet to come. I can listen to this one. On balance I like this tune and soundtrack.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 28, 2016report abuse
One of the worst Elvis soundtrack songs and to make matters worse, included on a rather flat and very, very short in duration soundtrack album. Yes, I do have the soundtrack on FTD "It Happened at the Worlds Fair"; also bought it back in the day on long playing album when it initially came out; and yet for some God forsaken reason, I actually like this record.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2014report abuse
This isn't a bad song and it isn't a good song either. It's just an okay kids song. The King of Rock 'N' Roll Elvis Presley shouldn't have ever recorded this type of song. Elvis recorded over 500 songs that are far superior than this song.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 1, 2013report abuse
Metallica should do a cover of this, incorporating it with Enter sandman. I can hear it in my mind right now. Scary...
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2012report abuse
I quite like this and the implied menacing atmosphere that is created. The tune is very pleasant and Elvis sings in his tender, sweet ballad voice, as he did on Big Boots. I don't go overboard about it but I never skip it.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2012report abuse
In the right context---not "It Happened At The World's Fair"---this song is every bit as good and "psychedelic" as The Beatles song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". There's even something really oddly sinister-sounding in the ominous "Sandman's Coming, yes he's coming...." lines. I think, along with "Sand Castles" (which reminds me of "Puff The Magic Dragon" a bit), this song is a hidden 60s gem. The kind of song I thought "Viva Elvis" might have taken a look at and created a new interesting arrangement (which is what it needs IMO) for. Of course they didn't do much with anything.
elvis197475 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2011report abuse
a nice song for the kids.mine seem to like it.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2011report abuse
I much prefer the Meat Puppets version, don't know what they were on when they recorded it but it's certainly different from Elvis'.
Dan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2010report abuse
When I was a kid, I always thought this song was kinda scary, with Elvis' ominous deep voice at the beginning.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2010report abuse
Elvis did a few of these songs, Daddy Big Boots, Five Sleeply Heads, and did them well. Okay for those film soundtracks but you would not have want recordings like this on 'Elvis is Back' or 'From Elvis in Memphis'.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2010report abuse
A song that if I neve hear again the rest of my life, it wouldnt bother me. This is the soundtrack where Elvis jumped the shark. This was not the Elvis I grew up with.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2010report abuse
The amazing thing to me has always been that Elvis could take less than stellar material like this and make it at least listenable. Makes for a cute movie scene. I don't have any problem listening to it on record. Enjoyable soundtrack.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2010report abuse
Not so good song but i like his voice here, one of the few he whispers. And after complaints of this short soundtrack, the bonus songs were introduced.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
The worst track from the movie and soundtrack LP "It Happened At The World's Fair" (1962). In the movie it is used to sing Sue-Lin (Vicky Tiu) to sleep and the scene is cute. The song on record is not quite as enjoyable, but it would have been more tolerable had this album had a running time of 20 minutes or more. That is the biggest proble with this album, it is too short. In "King Creole", you don't mind that "Steadfast, Loyal and True" is one of the songs on the album because you have 10 other strong tunes. Same thing with "Blue Hawaii" and the song "Ito Eats". It is one of 14 songs, so if you get a clunker or two, you still have a lot of good tracks to make up for them. This album should have been padded with at least two bonus songs.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2009report abuse
Elvis singing more songs he didnt believe in. If you read Binder's book, you will know how he felt about such crap as this.
bastiaanvinke (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 18, 2009report abuse
not bad, not good

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