The Shining Sea

Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel

Composer Johnny Mandel
Lyricist Peggy Lee
Year Written 1966
About The Shining Sea
“The Shining Sea” was written for the 1966 Cold War comedy The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming. The film concerns a Russian submarine that gets trapped on high ground near a New England town. The town gossip causes mass hysteria, but all is well in the end.


We loved the shining sea
She gathered sea shells there fore me
Her hands, I love her hands

We’d sit there on the sand
She’d kiss the hollow of my hand
A kiss, I miss a kiss

I hear the grey gulls cry
I see them dip their wings
I feel the pounding surf
And other things

I can’t believe she’s gone
I think I’ll go where she might be
I’ll go, I need her so

I need our shining sea

Session / Album Information


“The Shining Sea” was recorded on June 11, 1966 and released that year on the album A Time For Love. It was arranged by the composer, Johnny Mandel.

The Shining Sea

Listen to The Shining Sea on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1966.

This recording released on:

  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62800 — A Time For Love [UK]
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2560 — A Time For Love
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9360 — A Time For Love
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: C 31219 — Summer Of ’42
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: S64848 — Summer Of ’42
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5243 — A Time For Love [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #33 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK32) A Time For Love
  • 2011: Disc #43 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK42) Summer of ’42

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