Friday, March 2, 2012




Down beside the silver sea,
Monty, my great mate, and me.
Time to grab a cup of tea.
How much better could things be?
Jimmy Kennedy.

He wrote two thousand songs. These are a few of them:
"South of the Border" .  "We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line" "The Isle of Capri", "My Prayer", "Teddy Bears' Picnic" "Hokey Cokey" and "Roll Along Covered Wagon"


Lady Fame is a fickle creature;
She simply picks and chooses.
Some she showers with accolades;
Some she covers in bruises.
Some are famous and don't deserve it!
Some should be and are not.
Some are left out in the cold;
Others blaze burning hot.
Take 'my' man, Jimmy Kennedy....
'Jimmy who?' I hear you say.
You know Kern and Gershwin;
They're famous, still, today.
But poor old Jimmy Kennedy;
His is a forgotten name,
Yet he wrote such lovely ballads
That it really seems a shame.
So here's a song to honour him;
A parody of praise;
To someone whose flame just flickers,
When I feel that it should blaze.
To the well-known tune
Red Sails in the Sunset

"Red Sails in the Sunset",
A song made to last
That we have remembered
As years have gone past.
A melody lilting,
And words that are sweet,
That singers have chosen
Repeat on repeat.
Who thinks of the writer?
Who knows of his name?
Those songs he created
Should have determined his fame.
"Red Sails in the Sunset";
We whistle it yet,
Remembering lyrics
Though names we forget.".



Margaret Gosden said...

I can relate to your Red Sails theme - like Virginia Woolf says, in effect, their music is now ours, "...we are the music; we are the words". And that music and those words will become something else again when future generations express their take on their world.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

I like your black and white photo.

Regards and best wishes

Margaret Gosden said...

I like the stark shadowy contrasts in this photo - nice moment to reflect upon - though it would be coffee for me!

Dragonstar said...

Lovely light and contrast in your black and white photo.