Tuesday, 30 September 2008

That song meme...

I caught this off Sheikspear. Nasty contagious little meme-bug this one. Everyone seems to have had it. Thought I'd escaped. No such luck.

Not sure who to pass it on to - looks like most folks have acquired immunity by now. Hmm... this little lot don't seem to have suffered yet. I meme David, Stuart, Lara, William and Michelle.

“Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics on your blog and why you've chosen it. NB: It doesn't have to be your favourite song, it just has to express how you feel about writing and/or being a writer. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular form or aspect of writing - whatever you want. Then tag 5 others to do the same (reprint these instructions).”

Well, I'm with several other worthies out there, I don't really listen to music very much. And certainly not while I work.

So, there was a bit of headscratching involved for this. Something to express how I feel about writing. Hmm.

Writing... it's a collaborative effort, yeah? So, how about this...

Right Said Fred (Cup of Tea)(Myles Rudge, lyrics & Ted Dicks, music)

"Right," said Fred, "Both of us together
One on each end and steady as we go."
Tried to shift it, couldn't even lift it
We was getting nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea and

"Right," said Fred, "Give a shout for Charlie."
Up comes Charlie from the floor below.
After strainin', heavin' and complainin'
We was getting nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea.

And Charlie had a think, and he thought we ought to take off all the handles
And the things wot held the candles.
But it did no good, well I never thought it would
"All right," said Fred, "Have to take the feet off
To get them feet off wouldn't take a mo."

Took its feet off, even took the seat off
Should have got us somewhere but no!
So Fred said, "Let's have a cuppa tea."
And we said, "right-o."

"Right," said Fred, "Have to take the door off
Need more space to shift the so-and-so."
Had bad twinges taking off the hinges
And it got us nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea and

"Right," said Fred, " Have to take the wall down,
That there wall is gonna have to go."
Took the wall down, even with it all down
We was getting nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea.

And Charlie had a think, and he said, "Look, Fred,
I get a sort of feelin'
If we remove the ceilin'
With a rope or two we could drop the blighter through."

"All right," said Fred, climbing up a ladder
With his crowbar gave a mighty blow.
Was he in trouble, half a ton of rubble landed on the top of his dome.
So Charlie and me had another cuppa tea
And then we went home.

(I said to Charlie, "We'll just have to leave it
Standing on the landing, that's all
Trouble with Fred is, he's too hasty
Never get nowhere if you're too hasty.")

(c)1962, by Myles Rudge (lyrics) & Ted Dicks (music)


Anonymous said...

I love it. Even more cheesy than my offering.

On a scale of cheese (1 being baby bell and 10 being finest Roquefort)- this has got to be worth a 7 for best stilton.

Far Away said...

I love it too


Brilliant Paul!

Wish I'd thought of that song!
Cuppa Tea...bliss. Inspiration. Refreshment.

Miracle juice I call it!
Regards, Sheiky

Lara said...

Oooooooh! I was going to use that one! That's not fair - and I've been double memed: I just haven't had time to do it yet! Ah well, tomorrow's another day...

Piers said...

Well played sir.

This would have been my song too. Had I been cleverer and thought of it.

Phill Barron said...

Not to jump on the bandwagon, but before I decided to wimp out I'd narrowed it down to either this or Charlie Drake's 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back' ... couldn't figure out a way to link either to writing though so well done you.

Paul Campbell said...

Yeah, good old Charlie Drake. My kids love it. It's just a bit embarrassing when you find yourself wandering around Sainsburys singing "I've waved the thing all over the place,
Practiced till I was black in the face,
I'm a big disgrace t' the Aborigine race,
My boomerang won't come back"

Lara said...

Consider the meme completed! x