Ellen Johnson

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Sonny's Isle Of St. Thomas (aka St. Thomas)

Ellen Johnson & Larry Koonse
Sonny Rollins/ Lyrics: Ellen Johnson


I never imagined that one day Sonny Rollins would hear my original lyrics and approve them to be published, certainly a highlight of my musical career. I was compelled to write these lyrics expressing what I pictured, the joy of the island and its people. Besides a vocal imitation of the cuíca, everyone’s favorite part is when I make the seagull sounds when I sing the lyric “along with the serenade of gulls out at sea.” Larry Koonse steals the moment by providing an entire rhythm section with his stunning solo. 


Sonny’s Isle of St. Thomas (aka St. Thomas)


St. Thomas the place to help you sing our your song

The place with the morning sun that shines all day long

Shedding light

Feeling right

For a while on St. Thomas Isle


Along with the serenade of gulls out at sea

The music around us nature’s own symphony

Plays in time

Feels just fine

Brings a smile to St. Thomas Isle.


© 1976 Ellen Johnson (Long Snows Moon Music, BMI)