Beyond the Sea (song)

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"La Mer"
La Mer, Charles Trenet, musical score edited in France, 1946.jpg
Cover of musical score published in France in 1946
Song by Charles Trenet
Published1946 by Les Editions Raoul Breton
Songwriter(s)Charles Trenet
Composer(s)Charles Trenet, Albert Lasry
"Beyond the Sea" on YouTube

"Beyond the Sea" is the English-language version of the French song "La Mer" by Charles Trenet, popularized by Bobby Darin in 1959. While the French original was an ode to the sea, Jack Lawrence – who composed the English lyrics – turned it into a love song.[1]


"Beyond the Sea"
Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea, ATCO record, A side, 1957.jpg
Single by Bobby Darin
from the album That's All
B-side"That's the Way Love Is"
ReleasedOctober 1959
RecordedAugust 24, 1958
GenreBig band
LabelAtco 6158
Songwriter(s)Jack Lawrence/Charles Trenet
Bobby Darin singles chronology
"Mack the Knife"
"Beyond the Sea"
"Beyond the Sea" on YouTube

"Beyond the Sea" has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version released in late 1959 is the best known by many, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 15 on the US R&B Chart, and No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] in early 1960.

Before Bobby Darin's version, two instrumental recordings reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Benny Goodman's version charted in 1948, and was featured in the Cary Grant/Betsy Drake romantic comedy Every Girl Should Be Married. Roger Williams' recording reached No. 37 in 1955.[3]

Deana Martin recorded Beyond the Sea in 2013. The song was released on her album Destination Moon in 2013 by Big Fish Records.

American R&B singer George Benson recorded an R&B version of the song under the title "Beyond The Sea (La Mer)." It was released on Warner Bros. This version entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 April 1985. It peaked at no. 60 and remained on the chart for three weeks.[4]

The first recording of "Beyond the Sea" was by Harry James and His Orchestra on December 22, 1947, and the first recording of "La Mer" was by French jazz musician Roland Gerbeau in December 1945.

Other notable versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Versions of the song have appeared frequently in films and television shows. The song is featured during the ending credits of Disney/Pixar's 2003 animated film Finding Nemo.

The song is played prominently in the 2007 video game BioShock.

The X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea" is named for the song, which is playing on the boat owned by Dana Scully's father.

The song plays in the background during a scene in the 1990 film Goodfellas while the characters are preparing food in prison.

A version of the song by Kathryn Williams is the theme song for the British TV Show The Cafe broadcast on Sky1.

The song plays in the official trailer for the 2018 film The Meg.

In the 2020 horror film A Quiet Place Part II, the song is played on loop over the radio as a signal to guide survivors to an island.

In an episode of the television show Lost (TV Series), the song is part of a code that needs to be deciphered in the episode "Whatever the Case May Be". The plot delves into the original French recording of "La Mer", heard as a French dub of the closing credits of the film "Finding Nemo".


  1. ^ Schudel, Matt (March 18, 2009). - "Composer's Hits Helped Singers Such as Sinatra". - The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Beyond the Sea (La Mer) (song by Bobby Darin) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  3. ^ "Beyond the Sea (La Mer) (song by Roger Williams) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  4. ^ Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex, United Kingdom: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8
  5. ^ "Making Movie Magic in Any Language". D23. 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2020-12-06.

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