Song Lyric Sunday: “There Is A Time” and “A Swingin’ Safari”

Jim’s theme for this week is “song from a TV show.” I have a couple, one with lyrics, one without.

Mary and I watch reruns of The Andy Griffith Show every weeknight on MeTV. We love the simplicity, the old-fashioned morals, the look into small-town world in the middle of last century, and especially the love that the characters show for each other. Music features pretty heavily in the show: Andy playing for Opie and Aunt Bee (and more than one girlfriend) on the front porch; Andy and Barney singing a hymn or an old-time tune while they’re cleaning up the courthouse; Andy, Barney, and the rest of the cast (most notably Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors, who had an outstanding voice) in the town choir; and the informal jam sessions that Andy would have when the Darlings came off the mountain and into town. The patriarch of the family was Briscoe Darling, played by Denver Pyle. Briscoe has five children, four boys and his daughter, Charlene. In reality, the Darling boys (Doug, Rodney, Mitch and Dean, none of whom speaks during their appearances) are played by The Dillards, a bluegrass band from Missouri; Charlene, who shamelessly flirts with Andy despite the fact that she’s engaged, is played by Maggie Peterson (later known as Maggie Mancuso). Maggie came from a musical family, and she, her brother Jim, and two of Jim’s friends formed The Ja-Da Quartet, and would ride on the back of a pickup truck and sing to people. Bob Sweeney and Aaron Ruben, who were producers of The Andy Griffith Show, discovered her during one of her shows and signed her to a contract.

In one of my favorite moments in the show, Maggie and The Dillards play the traditional song “There Is A Time.” I’ll let the scene speak for itself, but notice at 1:23 how Andy stops playing and just watches her sing. One of the comments said “Andy discovered he’s in love with Charlene”; I replied “We ALL discovered we’re in love with Charlene.”

The lyrics from LyricsMania:

There is a time for love and laughter
the days will pass like summer storms
the winter wind will follow after
but there is love and love is warm

There is a time for us to wander
when time is young and so are we
the woods are greener over yonder
the path is new the world is free

There is a time when leaves are falling
the woods are gray the paths are old
the snow will come when geese are callin’
you need a fire against the cold

So do your roaming in the springtime
you’ll find your love and summer sun
frost will come and bring a harvest
and you can sleep when the day is done
The path is new the world is free…
The path is new the world is free…

Now, let’s shift gears a little: I’ve spoken recently about one of my favorite all-time game shows, The Match Game. It existed in two formats, from 1962 to 1969 on NBC, on CBS from 1973 to 1979, and in first-run syndication until 1982. The theme song for the 1962 version of the show was a song from that year by Bert Kaempfert called “A Swingin’ Safari.” It was released as a single, though it doesn’t appear to have charted. Still, it made a great theme song for The Match Game. (Just so everyone knows, Jim pointed out that the creator of the video I had chosen had marked it so no one could embed it; this is the same song, but a different video. Sorry about that!)

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for August 4, 2019.

24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “There Is A Time” and “A Swingin’ Safari”

  1. This is a wonderful post John. I used to watch the Andy Griffin show all the time and I love the song that you featured. This instrumental said it was unavailable when I clicked on it, but I do remember the theme song to the Match game.

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    1. I’m not sure that Charlene was all that interested in Andy apart from thinking he was “purty,” as she once said, but I think they’d have discovered that they had a lot more in common in time than just a hormonal attraction. Her daddy raised her right, though he’d have been a real piece of work as a father-in-law…

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        1. I don’t remember all the details, but I think the only way they could break it off was to have Barney dress in black and ride a white horse from west to east. There was another side to it, where Dub (Charlene’s husband, who was played by Bob Denver in that episode) had looked at another woman, so Charlene did some sort of a divorce ritual to which Andy and Barney were witnesses. They learned about the white horse from a book of country spells. I’d have to see it again, which should be coming fairly soon…

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    1. I guess I’ve never tried putting a video like that together, so I don’t really understand what makes creators put some of the stuff into them. That was a little strange…

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    1. The first one is just beautiful, and Maggie makes it that much more beautiful with her voice. The second is a lot of fun. There was a time when instrumentals like that one were very popular, and I miss those days. Glad you liked them!

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  2. Great selection… Love the Dillard’s.

    I always thought Andy and Don were one of the best comedy duos ever. Andy was the perfect straight man to Don.

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    1. I think Andy realized that he didn’t have to be the funny one and it was like he relaxed and just let everyone else be funny. Don Knotts was about the funniest man God ever put on the earth, so he could do that, but the other denizens of Mayberry were funny, too, particularly Floyd (Howard McNear) and Otis (Hal Smith). And, of couse, Opie…

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      1. After Don left you could tell the difference in Andy’s behavior also. He was a little more dour and restless. Still loved the show though.

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  3. We watch Andy Griffith every day, too, in the mornings and evenings. No matter how many times we’ve seen the episodes, they are still good. I liked it when the Darlings came to town!
    The Match Game was always a favorite game show, too. 🙂

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    1. I’m kind of disappointed that they don’t show the color episodes on MeTV. Granted, they aren’t anywhere near as good as the B&W ones, but there are still some funny things there. I think at one point Andy gets talked into going to Hawaii, and there are a few that I remember in pieces that I’d like to see again.

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