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Poetry Corner: Reasons To Be Cheerful…

By Bernie Bell

I was letting it get to me – the European Parliament singing Old Lang Syne – including the lady in the stripy top, tho’ the man next to her, refused to hold her hand – who is he? Who voted him in?

This week, I’ve had good news and people being good to me, and I’ve had bad news and people being …bad to me.  Life.

I’m now going to listen to Ian Dury & The Blockheads and brew up a soup for tea. It won’t change what’s happening in the world, but it will have me singing again, for a while………..

N.B.   “A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
You’re welcome we can spare it”

Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3

Ian Dury

Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?

Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?
Why don’t you get back into bed?

Reasons to be cheerful, part three
1, 2, 3

Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good golly, Miss Molly and boats

Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley and nanny goats

Eighteen wheeler Scammells, Dominica camels
All other mammals plus equal votes

Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny Smith and Willie
Being rather silly and porridge oats

A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
You’re welcome we can spare it, yellow socks

Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty
Going on forty no electric shocks

The juice of a carrot, the smile of a parrot
A little drop of claret, anything that rocks

Elvis and Scotty, the days when I ain’t spotty
Sitting on a potty, curing smallpox

Reasons to be cheerful, part three
Reasons to be cheerful, part three
Reasons to be cheerful, part three
Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three

Reasons to be cheerful, part three

Health service glasses, gigolos and brasses
Round or skinny bottoms

Take your mum to Paris, lighting up a chalice
Wee Willie Harris

Bantu Steven Biko, listening to Rico
Harpo Groucho Chico

Cheddar cheese and pickle, a Vincent motorsickle
Slap and tickle

Woody Allen, Dali, Domitrie and Pascale
Balla, balla, balla and Volare

Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy
Being in my nuddy

Reasons to be cheerful, part three
Reasons to be cheerful, part three
Reasons to be cheerful, part three
Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three

Saying okey-dokey, sing-a-long a Smokie
Coming out of chokie

John Coltrane’s soprano, Adie Celentano
Beuno Colino

Yes, yes, dear, dear
Perhaps next year
Or maybe even now
In which case

I don’t mind
I don’t mind, don’t mind, don’t mind, don’t mind

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Charles Jeremy Jankel / David Stanley Payne / Ian Robins Dury / Stanley Payne David

Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Ian Drury

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3 replies »

  1. I saw Ian & The Blockheads, twice – once at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, and once in a hall in Swansea – late 70’s?? To say ‘Good memories’, doesn’t describe the experience!

    I had the set of sex&drugs&rock&roll badges, but I gave them to a friend’s son, when he discovered Ian & The Blockheads, in about……….. 1998.
    Encouraging the youth – I also gave him his first Led Zeppelin C.D. He liked ‘The Darkness’, and I said – If you like that – listen to this……….

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