Jim gives us the prompt "Apple/Banana/Cherry/Olive/Orange/Strawberry" to work with today, and I wanted to find something (as always) that I don’t think anyone else will come up with. I thought of orange marmalade, and remembered this.
"Toast and Marmalade for Tea" was written by Steve Groves of the band Tin Tin, an Australian-British band. He only had two verses for it, and intended to write more verses and a chorus for it. But before he could, Maurice Gibb, who was their producer, recorded it for their eponymous 1971 album. It was a minor hit, reaching #20 in the US, #11 in Canada and New Zealand, and #10 in Australia.
This is one of those songs that really gets to you. It’s basically two verses, sung over and over, changing keys a couple of times. I looked for the best recording I could find, and ultimately chose this, where the song was combined with scenes from the 2014 movie Paddington. After listening to the song so many times, I felt a little overwhelmed and emotional when I saw it. That’s how I knew I had found it…
The lyrics, from Genius:
Sailing ships upon the sea
Aren’t lovelier that you
Or the games I see you play
You more lovely than the day
When the sun is in your eyes
I see through your disguise
All the games I see you play
And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for December 13, 2020.