Today started off a bit cloudy, and then proceeded to become more and more overcast as the morning unfolded. As I drove north from Daglan into St. Cybranet around 11 a.m., I saw something that reminded me of the opening line of the song, “My Girl.” (A 1965 release on the album “The Temptations Sing Smokey.”) It goes like this:
“I’ve got sunshine … on a cloudy day.” And without further faffing about, here’s the sight:
Since then, being the kind of word person I am, I’ve been thinking of lyrics of popular songs that amuse me in one way or another — that is, good or bad.
For sheer awkwardness (and desperation to make a rhyme), there’s this classic from the mega-hit by the Doors, “Light My Fire.” (Released in 1967 on the group’s debut album.) It goes: “The time to hesitate is through … No time to wallow in the mire.” Wallow in the mire! Good grief.
On the other side is this simple line from “My Funny Valentine,” a classic song from a 1937 musical by Rogers and Hart. This is the line I admire: “Your looks are laughable … Unphotographable.” What a great word — “unphotographable.” Just wonderful.
However, coming back to “My Girl,” I’ve always loved the line that begins the second verse: “I’ve got so much honey … The bees envy me.” Nice, isn’t it?