CATALIJNE covers ✧ Nature Boy

“Nature Boy” is so otherworldly in its melody and lyric that any number of interpretations over the decades, from Nat Cole’s to Alex Chilton’s, have never been able to make it ordinary. It sounds like something that, from the minute it was written, existed out of time and place.” – Steve Erickson

The enchanting melody and lyrics, with a conclusion that strikes you because of it’s simple truth. Nature Boy. – Catalijne

First recorded by Nat King Cole
In 1947 Ahbez approached Nat King Cole’s manager backstage at the Lincoln Theater in Los Angeles, handed him a tattered copy of “Nature Boy”, and asked him to show it to Cole. However, his pleas were ignored and a disappointed ahbez left the sheet music of “Nature Boy” with Cole’s valet, Otis Pollard. From him, Cole came to know of the song and loved it. Cole began playing “Nature Boy” for live audiences, and he received much acclaim. Irving Berlin, who was present during one of the performances, initially offered to buy the track from Cole, but Cole decided to record it for himself. He needed to get permission from Ahbez, however, before releasing it as a single, but he was not able to find the songwriter since ahbez had disappeared without providing any contact details. After Ahbez was discovered living under the Hollywood Sign, Cole got his permission and recorded the song.
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Nature Boy
Music & lyrics by Eden Ahbez

Vocal arrangement by Catalijne
Additional Mix: Jasper Zuidervaart
Mastering: Wessel Oltheten
Picture: Richard Beukelaar

Lyrics ✰
”There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he
And then one day
A magic day he came my way
And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return”