#16 Candles, Tons and Dead Men

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I can’t think of anything sensible to say about the number or concept of sixteen, so here is Sixteen Tons written by Merle Travis and performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

The poem Sixteen Dead Men by William Butler Yeats:

O but we talked at large before
The sixteen men were shot,
But who can talk of give and take,
What should be and what not
While those dead men are loitering there
To stir the boiling pot?

You say that we should still the land
Till Germany’s overcome;
But who is there to argue that
Now Pearse is deaf and dumb?
And is their logic to outweigh
MacDonagh’s bony thumb?

How could you dream they’d listen
That have an ear alone
For those new comrades they have found,
Lord Edward and Wolfe Tone,
Or meddle with our give and take
That converse bone to bone?

And the trailer for Sixteen Candles:

Song Lyric Sunday: Be Back Soon!

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Arrivederci, Bon-voyage, Ciao, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara or Shalom.

The song must contain one of these words in either the title or the lyrics.

Here is a song of farewell with an invitation to Be Back Soon. It’s from the 1968 movie Oliver! A musical based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

This is a wonderful film for all the family with its touching scenes of child abuse, theft, prostitution and murder. Lovely!

Ron Moody portrayed Fagin in the original London theatrical production and subsequently in the film. He was the first Jewish actor to play the role. And toned down much of the anti-Semitic characterisation of previous screen adaptations of Fagin.

Theatre buffs please note the song from the film has a few different lyrics than the stage version. Most notably, “Bow Street Runners” was changed to “nosy policemen” in case international audiences didn’t understand the reference.

Line up! Line up!
Single file! Single file!
Quick march!
Left! Right! Left! Right!
Oy! Oy!

You can go, but be back soon
You can go, but while you’re working.
This place, I’m pacing round
Until you’re home, safe and sound
Fare thee well, but be back soon
Who can tell where danger’s lurking?
Do not forget this tune, be back soon.

How could we forget, how could we let
Our dear old Fagin worry?
We love him so, we’ll come back home
In, oh, such a great big hurry
It’s him that pays the piper.
It’s us that calls the tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon.

Cheerio, but be back soon
I dunno, somehow I’ll miss you
I loves you, that why I
Say, “Cheerio”
Not goodbye.

Don’t be gone long
Be back soon.
Give me one long,
Last look…
Bless you.
Remember our old tune
Be back soon!

You can go, but be back soon
You can go, but bring back plenty
Of wallets full of cash
Don’t want to see any trash
Whip ‘em quick and be back soon
Only thick ones, now, not empty
Get rich this afternoon
Be back soon.

Our pockets hold, a watch of gold
That chimes upon the hour
A wallet fat, an old man’s hat
The jewels from the tower
We know the nosy policemen,
But they don’t know this tune.
So long, fare thee well.
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon.

Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno somehow I’ll miss you
I love you, that why I
Say, “Cheerio”
Not goodbye.
Don’t be gone long
Be back soon.
Give me one long,
Last look…
Bless you.
Remember our old tune
Be back soon!

And when we’re in the distance,
You’ll hear this whispered tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon

Cheerio, but be back soon.
I dunno somehow I’ll miss you
I loves you, that why I
Say, “Cheerio”
Not goodbye.

And when we’re in the distance
You’ll hear this whispered tune
So long, fare thee well
Pip! Pip! Cheerio!
We’ll be back soon

Songwriters: Lionel Bart
© RCA Legacy

Song Lyric Sunday – Grapes of Wrath

This week’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is Banana/Cherry/Strawberry/Olive.

And from this fruit salad, I pick The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) by The Banana Splits.

This was essential viewing during my childhood – I loved the programme for its wacky humour, cartoons, and the banana buggies. Only the British kid’s TV show TISWAS could top it for boisterous anarchy with the Phantom Flan Flinger, The Cage and the Dying Fly.

But back to the Banana Splits, for those who don’t mind having their childhood memories crushed beyond all recognition, watch The Banana Splits Movie, a comedy-horror film from 2019, which was described in a review by Kat Hughes as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for grown-ups. Warning: this movie has a higher body count than your average slasher flick.

Are you ready for a mess of fun?

Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la

One banana, two banana, three banana, four
Four bananas make a bunch, and so do many more
Over hill and highway, the banana buggies go
Come along to bring you the banana splits show

Making up a mess of fun
Making up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la

Four banana, three banana, two banana, one
All bananas playing in the bright warm sun
Flipping like a pancake, popping like a cork
Fleagle, Bingo Drooper and Snork

Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la
Tra la la, la la, la

Songwriters: Nelson B. Winkless Jr. (credited to Ritchie Adams & Mark Barkan)