National Seashore

Words and Music by Matthew P. Hanley (BMI)


“National Seashore” is a mellow, island song about growing up. The singer recounts learning to surf and leaving home to catch waves. He sounds rather juvenile at first because he mentions being done with chores. “I’ll do the dishes on the national seashore.”

Over time, he learns independence, earning his keep, and meets a life partner. As he sings :

“Cleaning windows, scrubbing floors. You do life together, there are no chores. Love and marriage on the national seashore.”

“National Seashore” is track 5 on the Starring MH album “Whenever Next Time Is.” You can spin it in the jukebox.