Way Down Below the Ocean

fantasy couple blue water

I want to thank Jim Adams for his Thursday Inspiration prompt today, as it gives me the chance to share one of my favorite songs by Donovan ~ “Atlantis.”

The song consists of two main sections. In the first part, a narrator (Donovan Leitch) speaks softly (in a sexy Scottish accent) of the mythical kingdom of Atlantis in antediluvian times (before the great flood). The second section is Donovan singing of his desire to meet his dream girl under the sea. It’s a simple repeating chorus that has a soothing, meditative quality, as does the musical accompaniment. I love the calm, peaceful video below.

“Atlantis” is a 1968 single written and performed by Donovan. It reached No. 1 in the Netherlands and Switzerland, No. 2 in Germany and South Africa, No. 4 in Austria, and No. 12 in Canada. Here in the US it reached No. 7, but in Scotland it peaked at only No. 23. It reentered the top 5 in Austria and Germany in 2001 after being included in the soundtrack for Disney’s Atlantis movie for the German-speaking market.

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12 responses to “Way Down Below the Ocean

  1. I guess that Donovan’s dream girl is a mermaid, because who else could live under the sea. Great choice Paula and one of Donovan’s best songs.

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  2. How interesting, I’m getting a message on that video that Sony Music “blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.” I know that some videos won’t play in Canada, but I’ve never seen that kind of copyright message.

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  3. Groovy! 🥳💃🏼🎶 I’ve heard the music part of this but I don’t think I’ve ever heard the narrated part. Very nice accent 🤤

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  4. I enjoyed when he sang Mellow Yellow.
    A very different musical sound.

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  5. I didn’t know this song, great choice!

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