(words & music by polynesian cultural centre - tepper - bennett)
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
Song & Lyrics Facts
The song "Drums of the Islands" was released on Elvis Presley's self-titled album in 1956. It was written by Don Robertson and Ben Weisman, and features Elvis backed up by The Jordanaires singing group.
Its lyrics tell a story about a man who is looking for his love while being surrounded by the drums of the islands. The track has an exotic feel to it with its use of steel guitar, congas, and other percussion instruments. The song is an example of how Elvis could take any style of music and make it uniquely his own. With its catchy melody and infectious energy, “Drums of the Islands” remains one of the King’s signature songs.