Monday, 12 May 2014

Bring me Sunshine

My brother went to two funerals in  within two weeks of each other, both of 92 year old men. They had both had long happy lives and had been greatly loved and looked after. He told me that they both had Morecombe and Wise singing Bring me Sunshine at the end, so everybody went out with their spirits lifted. One of the 92 year old men was my dad's best friend from school. On his ninetieth birthday this friend had given a speech of thanks to all the friends and relations at his party. He had said that he didn't really like being ninety, with his arthriric  knees and aches and pains, but the journey to get there had been fantastic .
The Morecombe and Wise song reminded me of how we loved watching it together as a family. It was really family friendly, you were in no danger of having to squirm in your seat if it got embarrassing. We all laughed together even my dad. Who can forget Glenda Jackson playing Cleopatra and asking "Have you got the scrolls?", to which Eric replied "No, it's just the way I walk".
Here are the words to the song, which  they immortalised with their funny dance and legs kicking in the air.

Bring me Sunshine

Bring me Sunshine, in your smile
Bring me laughter all the while
In this world where we live there should be more happiness
So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow

Make me happy through the years
Never bring me any tears
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me Sunshine, bring me love

Bring me Sunshine in your eyes
Bring me rainbows from the skies
Life's too short to be spent having anything but fun
We can be so content if we gather little sunbeams

Be light-hearted all day long
Keep me singing happy songs
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.
Some people really do bring sunshine in their smile

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