26 Miles
The Four Preps Lyrics


Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me,
Santa Catalina, the island of romance,
romance, romance, romance.
Water all around it ev'rywhere,
tropical trees and the salty air,
but for me the thing that's a-waitin' there's romance.

It seems so distant, twenty-six miles away, restin' in the water serene.
I'd work for anyone, even the Navy, who would float me to my island dream.
Twenty-six miles, so near, yet far.
I'd swim with just some water wings and my guitar.
I can leave the wings but I'll need the guitar
for romance, romance, romance, romance.

Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me,
Santa Catalina, the island of romance,
romance, romance, romance.
Water all around it ev'rywhere,
tropical trees and the salty air,
but for me the thing that's a-waitin' there's romance.

A tropical heaven out in the ocean covered with trees and girls.
If I have to swim I'd do it forever till I'm gazin' on those island pearls.
Forty kilometers in a leaky old boat,
Any old thing that'll stay afloat.
When we arrive we'll all promote romance, romance, romance

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Written by: BRUCE G BELLAND, GLEN LARSON

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Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me,
Santa Catalina, the island of romance,
romance, romance, romance.
Water all around it ev'rywhere,
tropical trees and the salty air,
but for me the thing that's a-waitin' there's romance.
It seems so distant, twenty-six miles away, restin' in the water serene.
I'd work for anyone, even the Navy, who would float me to my island dream.
Twenty-six miles, so near, yet far.
I'd swim with just some water wings and my guitar.
I can leave the wings but I'll need the guitar
for romance, romance, romance, romance.
Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me,
Santa Catalina, the island of romance,
romance, romance, romance.
Water all around it ev'rywhere,
tropical trees and the salty air,
but for me the thing that's a-waitin' there's romance.
A tropical heaven out in the ocean covered with trees and girls.
If I have to swim I'd do it forever till I'm gazin' on those island pearls.
Forty kilometers in a leaky old boat,
Any old thing that'll stay afloat.
When we arrive we'll all promote romance, romance, romance



sauquoit13456

On this day in 1958 {February 23rd} "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" by The Four Preps peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} on Billboard's Most-Played Records On Juke Boxes chart, the three records that kept it out of the top spot were "Sugartime" by the McGuire Sisters, then by Elvis' "Don't", and finally "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como...
"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" reached #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
Between 1956 and 1964 the California-based quartet had twelve records on the Top 100 chart, two made the Top 10...
Besides"26 Miles", their other Top 10 record was "Big Man", later in 1958 on June 15th it reached #3 {for 1 week} on the Most Played by Jockeys chart...
The quartet had two Top 20 records, "Down By The Station" peaked at #13 for one week in February of 1960, and "More Money For You and Me" reached #17 for one week in September of 1961...
Lead vocalist Bruce Belland celebrated his 84th birthday four months ago on October 22nd, 2020...
Sadly, the other three original members have passed away, bass singer Ed Cobb at age 61 on September 19th, 1999, tenor Marv Ingram on March 7th, 1999 at age 60, and Glen A. Larson on November 14th, 2014 at the age of 77...
May all three R.I.P.
And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the Billboard's Top 10 on February 23rd,1958:
At #3. "Don't" by Elvis Presley
#4. "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como
#5. "Magic Moments" by Perry Como
#6. "Short Shorts" by The Royal Teens
#7. "Witchcraft" by Frank Sinatra
#8. "Get A Job" by The Silhouettes
#9. "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling Love Again" by Jimmie Rodgers
#10. "You Are My Destiny" by Paul Anka



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David Roy

That young lady doing the super high vocal in the background was ridiculously talented. Fantastic song

Jack Wolf

I thought that was Mariah Carey time traveling back into the forties or fifties. In that case, we didn't know Mariah was a time traveler, lol

MattieFilms

I thought it was a whistle

Jeff Kilpatrick

Hitting that high note is an ability normally afforded only to the angels -- and I think that qualifies her as one.

Grant Albrecht

never thought of that.

Michael E Campana

First song I fell in love with - 10 years old, in 1958. Still one of my favorites.

Brenda Hall

My cousin taught me this song on his ukelele.. my cousin looked like Troy Donahue. Oh my.

todd windyhill

Ditto and Bingo!!....Dedicated to Joan C....what might have been, but born too late!!

voicetube

I think I was possibly somewhere between 80 and 90 years old in 1958 (I don't remember) as it would've been my last lifetime… But THIS lifetime I remember hearing it when I was about 16 years old in around 1977 :-)

Linda Furia

same here, I was 11 years old.

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