"Stranger on the Shore" is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named "Jenny" after her. It was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people entitled Stranger on the Shore.
Real Name: Bernard Bilk Birth Date: 28th January 1929 Birth Place:Pensford Somerset
Bilk earned the nickname Acker from the Somerset slang for friend or 'mate'. His parents tried to have him learn the piano, but Bilk as a boy found it restricting upon his love of outdoor activities including football (soccer). He also lost two front teeth in a school fight and half a finger in a sledging accident, both of which Bilk has claimed impacted his eventual clarinet style. He eventually learned the clarinet while serving in the British Army, and by the mid-1950s he was playing professionally.
Bilk has been described as "Great Master of the Clarinet"
Here I stand, watching the tide go out So all alone and blue Just dreaming dreams of you
I watched your ship As it sailed out to sea Taking all my dreams And taking all of me
The sighing of the waves The wailing of the wind The tears in my eyes burn Pleading, "My love, return"
Why, oh, why must I go on like this? Shall I just be a lonely Stranger on the Shore?
The sighing of the waves The wailing of the wind The tears in my eyes burn Pleading, "My love, return" Why, oh, why must I go on like this? Shall I just be a lonely Stranger on the shore?