Come Wander With Me (2:57)

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“Come Wander With Me” was an episode of the American television series The Twilight Zone(May 22, 1964). The “Come Wander With Me” song was composed by Jeff Alexander and sung by actress Bonnie Beecher.

The song is built into the story. It builds verse by verse together with the events in the episode. Part of the lyrics are not complete, since some verses are not sung in full. The song has been used in several places since its 1964 broadcast. It was featured on the soundtrack of Vincent Gallo’s 2003 film The Brown Bunny. It was also used as background music in Belgian director Koen Mortier’s 2006 television commercial “Angels” for Dutch insurance company RVS. The ad shows flying men with open umbrellas inspired by René Magritte’s Golconda.

In the The Twilight Zone episode the “Rock-A-Billy Kid,” Floyd Burney, arrives at a small town in search of a new song. He is directed to a dilapidated shop in the woods run by a reclusive old man. After his offer of money in exchange for an original song is rebuffed, Floyd hears a voice singing and wanders off through the woods, not seeing a nearby tombstone inscribed with his name.

Next to a lake, he encounters a pretty but mysterious woman, Mary-Rachael, who reluctantly plays a song for him about two lovers who meet in the woods and are torn apart by tragedy. Floyd offers to buy the song rights from her, but she claims it isn’t for sale. As he tries to seduce her, a jealous young man named Billy Rayford shows up and attacks Floyd, who defends himself, killing Rayford.

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