Islands In The Stream Karaoke - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

"Islands in the Stream" is a song written by a trio of brothers from Australia, better known as the Bee Gees. It was sung by American country music artists Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, released by RCA records in August 1983 as the first single from Rogers' album Eyes That See in the Dark.



Islands in the Stream Trivia

The song "Islands in the Stream" was named after the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name. An American drama of the same name and an adaptation from Hemingway's novel was released earlier in 1977.

The song was originally written for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to be changed for the Kenny Rogers album.

Rogers and Parton had previously recorded each other’s songs but only met on a few occasions. “Islands in the Stream” marked their first duet recording. However, Rogers originally intended to perform the song as a solo.

Dolly happened to be in the same studio when Kenny and his team were struggling to make the song work. They approached her about turning the song into a duet. Rogers said, "Once she came in the studio, that song was never the same. She lit it up and we became good friends from that point on."

Barry and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees also performed as background singers and musicians on the Dolly and Kenny recording.

The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, giving both Rogers and Parton their second pop number-one hit (after Rogers' "Lady" in 1980 and Parton's "9 to 5" in 1981). It also topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. It has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million physical copies in the US. Dolly and Kenny received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.





Islands In The Stream Song Lyrics

Baby, when I met you
There was peace unknown
I set out to get you
With a fine tooth comb
I was soft inside
There was something going on

You do something to me
That I can't explain
Hold me closer
And I feel no pain
Every beat of my heart
We got something going on

Tender love is blind
It requires a dedication
All this love we feel
Needs no conversation
We ride it together, ah-ha
Making love with each other, ah-ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah-ha
From one lover to another, ah-ha

I can't live without you
If the love was gone
Everything is nothing
If you got no one
And you did walk in the night
Slowly losing sight of the real thing

But that won't happen to us
And we got no doubt
Too deep in love
And we got no way out
And the message is clear
This could be the year for the real thing

No more will you cry
Baby, I will hurt you never

We start and end as one
In love forever
We can ride it together, ah-ha
Making love with each other, ah-ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah-ha
From one lover to another, ah-ha

[MUSIC BREAK]
Sail away

Ooooh, come sail away
Here with me, hmmm

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah-ha
From one lover to another, ah-ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah-ha
From one lover to another, ah-ha



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