Apr 18, 2012

by English Muse

Hey everybody! 🙂 Hope you’ve all had a lovely week thus far. This is Lizzie from Whims and Fancies writing to you in the wee hours of the morn because Tina is a taskmaster and she wants me to  publish my posts at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time, which is around 6 AM where I am at! Humph! (Nah, I’m kidding. That’s what technology is for. I, of course, write it ahead of time and schedule it for publishing.)

So, have you heard this Dinah Shore  song by Ray Evans and Jay Livingstone?

East is east and west is west

And the wrong one I have chose

Let’s go where they keep on wearin’

Those frills and flowers and buttons and bows

Rings and things and buttons and bows.

How perfect is this song! Any time I hear it, all I want to do is go where they wear frills and flowers and ring and things and buttons and bows! (These are a few of my favourite things!)

Songs, like all other art, perform such an incredible and irreplaceable function in our lives. They reflect our consciousness, as individuals and as a collective, and also guide and shape our thoughts. They make us better people and also tell us that there is another person separated in time and space who feels the same as us; someone who wants to go somewhere simply because there are buttons and bows and frills and flowers there. Sigh!

Hakuna Matata? 

Yeah. It’s our motto! 

What’s a motto? 

Nothing. What’s a-motto with you?

It’s a problem-free philosophy, really! How could you not laugh and sing along when you listen to this song

Aow, so loverly sittin’ abso-bloomin’-lutely still.

I would never budge ’till spring

Crept over me windowsill.

Someone’s ‘ead restin’ on my knee,

Warm an’ tender as ‘e can be. ‘ho takes good care of me,

Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly?

Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverly

Eliza Doolittle sang the truth of a lot of hearts with this one. Life’s simple pleasures… when songs celebrate that, they are rendered timeless. Listening to these songs, troubles melt like lemon drops and you really do start believing that the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

And I, for one, could dance all night listening to these songs.

How about you? What are the songs that take you away on a journey… that lift you up and make you more than you are on your own… that make you smile, make you weep, make you dream, and make you sigh…

What are your songs?

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9


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8 Responses to “Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme.”

  1. Amanda says:

    Well, that’s really weird. When I was driving home from work tonight, I was planning in my head the mix CD I am thinking about making for my mom. My first thought? “Oh, Buttons and Bows, she used to love that song! But who did it?” So, thanks for answering my question! (And those rings are ah-mazing!)

  2. Katie says:

    What wonderful songs! I haven’t heard the first, but adore the rest. I’ll go look it up later, because it sounds like a lovely song.

    and I agree, music, especially music and lyrics, perform a beautiful work of connection. There’s just something about a melody and a poem together that’s magical.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    What a lovely blog! The pictures are beautiful. My Fair Lady happens to be one of my favorite movies!

    Cheers, Elizabeth

  4. Tina says:

    Sorry darling for waking you up early!!! your post is GORGEOUS! xo

  5. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    That’s crazy! 😀

  6. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    Oh, you must look it up! It is the cutest song, I reiterate! My grandfather used to sing it to me all the time!

  7. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂 My Fair Lady is one of my favourite movies too! 🙂

  8. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    Ha ha… You know you didn’t. 🙂 Nothing and no one could make me get up early! 😀

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