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Drums of the Islands

3.4 / 5

Words & Music: Sid Tepper Roy C. Bennett Polynesian Culture Centre

Drums of the islands you're beating in my heart
You're with me no matter where I roam
If ever I wander if ever we're apart
I know that you will lead me home

If I should journey across the deep blue sea
I'll never forget these coral shores
Drums of the islands I hear you calling me
And I'll return forever yours

I love each valley each grain of sand each hill
The flowers the music of the isles
These are the things I love and always will
Though I may roam ten thousand miles

Recordingdate: 1965/07/26, first released on: Paradise, Hawaiian Style (album)


Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Drums of the Islands:

(steel guitar)


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Steve V wrote on May 27, 2009
I had it with Hawaiian songs & movies at this point. I couldnt wait for the end of it all.
Deano1 wrote on February 25, 2010
The "Aloha Oe" song for the movie and soundtrack "Paradise, Hawaiian Style". This one is pretty good and I give it two 2 1/2 stars as a stand alone song and it fits in well in the movie. This track has more of the feel of "Blue Hawaii" than most the other tunes from PHS.
TCB1974 wrote on October 09, 2011
One of the better songs from the PHS soundtrack album. This song is based on an old chant, Bula La'ie. The song appears twice in the movie and has a nice sound with the drums and choir like singing with the Jordanaires and the Melo Men. Three stars from me.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 16, 2013
This is such a beautiful and fun song and it's from a soundtrack album that has a big amount of atrocious songs
sugartummy wrote on March 02, 2013
A very enjoyable song with a hawaiian flavour.
bajo wrote on October 18, 2015
This is the 3rd best song on the album. This Is My Heaven, Sand Castles and Drums Of The Island. That's all folks....
Jim Davidson wrote on October 18, 2015
Was the original plan to have Elvis continuing to star in beach movies in his 40s. 50s and 60s? "Drums of the Island" is an OK song from a sub par LP.
Gorse wrote on October 19, 2015
One of the better songs from the film which loses some of its lustre on record as opposed to the film where it fits like a glove. Enjoy it when I give it the occasional spin so 3 stars from me.
TheMemphisFan wrote on October 24, 2015
I actually do like it. If it had been edited down a little bit, it would've been a neat way to kick off the '73 Aloha special. Transitioning from the ending of this song directly into the opening, pounding drums of "See See Rider" would've worked fine.
DerekH wrote on May 14, 2016
Not a bad soundtrack song. Better than most around this time. But really, 3 or 4 substandard movies most years, not good for Elvis's career. One good movie each year and live / TV shows would have been the way to go along with a well worked studio album include a couple of good singles. Enough to keeps the fans interested.
Cruiser621 wrote on May 15, 2016
Interesting; I was just listening to this song recently. Not a bad tune compared to a lot of the other "crap" he put out on various bad soundtrack albums.
Pedro Nuno wrote on April 26, 2018
This is pure Crap! And in 1965/66 its more than that!
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