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Echo Beach

"Echo Beach" is a song written by band member Mark Gane and recorded by the Canadian new wave group Martha and the Muffins. The group recorded the song in the UK at Oxford's Manor Studios in 1979 and released the song on the Album Metro Music.

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Original Artists: Martha and the Muffins
Album: Metro Music
Awards: Juno Award for Single of the Year
Released: 1980-10-01
Recorded: 1979-09-01
Genres: Pop, Rock, 80s
Artists: Pudenski Brothers
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"Echo Beach" is a song written by band member Mark Gane and recorded by the Canadian new wave group Martha and the Muffins. The group recorded the song in the UK at Oxford's Manor Studios in 1979 and released the song on the Album Metro Music.

echo beach abbotsbury dorsetEcho Beach Single Cover

Echo Beach, as mentioned in the song, does not refer to a real beach but is rather a symbolic notion of somewhere Mark Gane would rather be, somewhere 'far away in time'. One of the two versions of the single featured a map of Abbotsbury showing Chesil Bank and the Fleet. The map on the original issue was of Toronto Islands.

From nine till five I have to spend my time at work
The job is very boring, I'm an office clerk
The only thing that helps pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back at Echo Beach some day

Mark Gane would rather be Relaxing On Echo Beach

In reality, the song was created while song writer Mark Gane was working checking wallpaper for printing faults. He found the work rather dull and his mind drifted to times he would like to live over again. This reminded him of a memory of Sunnyside Beach on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto in summer. Echo Beach was a reference made to a faded time and place gone in the lyrics of the song "Hiroshima Mon Amour" by the band Ultravox.

“The lake and beach could have been in the middle of nowhere while the city behind became a surrealistic sight.” 

  


Echo Beach Originally Recorded By Martha and the Muffins

I know it's out of fashion
And a trifle uncool
But I can't help it
I'm a romantic fool
It's a habit of mine
To watch the sun go down

On Echo beach, I watch the sun go down
From nine till five I have to spend my time at work
The job is very boring, I'm an office clerk
The only thing that helps pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back at Echo Beach some day
 
On a silent summer evening
The sky's alive with light
Building in the distance
Surrealistic sight
On Echo Beach
Waves make the only sound
On Echo Beach
There's not a soul around
 
From nine till five I have to spend my time at work
The job is very boring, I'm an office clerk
The only thing that helps pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back at Echo Beach some day
 
Echo Beach
Far away in time
Echo Beach
Far away in time.


Chesil Beach Far Away In Time

Chesel Beach in Dorset is part of the Jurassic Coast runs from West Bay to the Isle of Portland.

The beach curves sharply at the eastern end, near the village of Chiswell, and forms Chesil Cove against the cliffs of the Isle of Portland, and this protects the low-lying village from flooding. It has been the scene of many shipwrecks and was named "Dead Man's Bay" by Thomas Hardy. The beach provides shelter from the prevailing winds and waves for the town of Weymouth, Dorset and the village of Chiswell on Portland.

What is Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach is a shingle beach that is 18 miles long with a 12 meter long, tidal lagoon called The Fleet situated behind it. This is filled with saline water and lies between the beach and the mainland.

So where is Fleet Lagoon

The Fleet Lagoon is a shallow area of saline water between Chesil Beach and the mainland. It is 13 km long. Its width varies from 900 metres at Littlesea down to just 65 metres in the Narrows. The deepest part is 4-5 metres deep, but all of the mid and upper Fleet is less than 2 metres deep.chesil bank the real echo beach at abbotsbury dorsetChesil Beach - Abbotsbury Dorset


 Echo Beach has also been covered by the following artists

  • Gabriella Cilmi
  • Toyah Wilcox
  • Van Der Kill
  • Dub Spencer and Trance Hill (Reggae Dub)

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