Song Lyric Sunday: “The Song Of The Clyde”

Occasionally I get into a “Scotland” mood. Hearing the theme “river/stream/brook” did it this time.

“Song of the Clyde” was written by R. Y. Bell and Ian Gourley as “an affectionate tribute to the River Clyde in Scotland, name-checking the majority of towns and villages on its banks. Although its opening verse includes the line From Glasgow to Greenock with towns on each side, the song includes references to Lanark so fair on the river’s upper reaches and Arran on the Firth of Clyde’s southernmost outflow,” according to The Blogger’s Best Friend ™. The Scottish tenor Kenneth McKellar (from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, which straddles the White Cart Water, a tributary of the Clyde) is most famous for singing it.

Even though the lyrics are in the video, I’ll add them here, from ElectricScotland.com:

I’ll sing of a river I’m happy beside
The song that I sing is a song of the Clyde
Of all Scottish rivers it’s dearest to me
It flows from Leadhills all the way to the sea
It borders the orchards of Lanark so fair
Meanders through meadows with sheep grazing there
But from Glasgow to Greenock, in towns on each side
The hammers’ “ding-dong” is the song of the Clyde

Oh the River Clyde, the wonderful Clyde
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride
And I’m satisfied whate’er may betide
The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde

Imagine we’ve left Craigendoran behind
And wind-happy yachts by Kilcreggan we find
At Kirn and Dunoon and Innellan we stay
Then Scotland’s Madeira that’s Rothesay, they say
Or maybe by Fairlie or Largs we will go
Or over to Millport that thrills people so
Maybe journey to Arran it can’t be denied
Those scenes all belong to the song of the Clyde

Oh the River Clyde, the wonderful Clyde
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride
And I’m satisfied whate’er may betide
The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde

There’s Paw an’ Maw doon at the Broomielaw
They’re goin’ “doon the water” for “The Fair”
There’s Bob an’ Mary on the Govan Ferry
Wishin’ jet propulsion could be there
There’s steamers cruisin’ and there’s “buddies” snoozin’
And there’s laddies fishin’ frae the pier
An’ Paw’s perspirin’ very near expirin’
As he rows a boat frae there to here
With eyes a-flashin’, it is voted “smashin”
To be walkin’ daily on the prom
And May and Ev’lyn are in seventh heaven
As thy stroll along with Dick and Tom
And Dumbarton Rock to ev’ry Jean and Jock
Extends a welcome that is high and wide
Seems to know that they are on their homeward way
To hear the song of the Clyde

Oh the River Clyde, the wonderful Clyde
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride
And I’m satisfied whate’er may betide
The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde

The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for February 10, 2019.

Some Lovely Music and Other Noise #socs

“Tenderly” is a 1946 pop standard by Walter Lloyd Gross with lyrics by Jack Lawrence. From 1952, here’s the lovely Rosemary Clooney.

You just knew I was going to do something like that, didn’t you? Here’s another: “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise,” from the 1928 operetta The New Moon, was written by Sigmund Romberg with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It’s become a jazz standard over the years. Here’s the Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orchestra with Franklyn Baur doing the vocal, from 1929.

Adverbs generally end in -ly (like generally right there) and modify verbs or adjectives. English teachers, and especially writing teachers, tell you not to use adverbs, which is hard (maybe even impossible) to do, because they’re pervasive and useful words. It’s true, you can usually find a verb or adjective that does a better job of expressing what you’re trying to say with the verb/adjective and adverb. Consider the sentence “The very pretty girl walked quickly through the lobby.” You cxan replace “very pretty” with “gorgeous” and “walked quickly” with “hustled,” yielding “The gorgeous girl hustled through the lobby.” But you already knew that, didn’t you? I weren’t no English major, so I’ll leave that up to you. Gladly.


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The Friday 5×2: WDNG, Anniston, AL, 2/7/1976

I’ve mentioned before that the reason I do this is to play songs that were big hits on some radio station’s weekly survey that have somehow fallen through the cracks and are no longer heard. I found this survey yesterday for a station in Alabama, WDNG AM 1450 in Anniston, and there were songs on it that I never heard. I figure if I haven’t, you probably haven’t either, so here we go.

  1. Janis Ian, “In The Winter” The followup to the previous year’s #3 hit didn’t do anywhere near as well, not even charting on the Hot 100 and only getting to #97 on the Cash Box survey. Folks in Anniston clearly disagreed.
  2. Helen Reddy, “Somewhere In The Night” This was Helen’s followup to “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” and it made #19 nationwide, though I can’t recall it being played in Chicago.
  3. The Four Seasons, “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) A song sung by drummer Gary Polci for a change, with Frankie Valli singing backup. This was a big hit for them, reaching #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
  4. Art Garfunkel, “Break Away” The followup to his cover of “I Only Have Eyes For You” reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart but barely cracked the Top 40 (#39). He got the hint and, after a three-year hiatus, went back to doing ’50’s covers.
  5. Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” Here cones Rhymin’ Simon, besting his erstwhile singing buddy again. This went to #1 in the US and Canada.
  6. The Bee Gees, “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” This went to #2 in Canada and #12 in the US, and to be honest I don’t remember hearing it before today. I think I would have remembered a song named “Fanny.”
  7. Hagood Hardy, “The Homecoming” A beautiful song that many YouTube commenters said they would like to have played at their funeral. Hardy reached #14 in his adopted home Canada and #6 on the Easy Listening chart in the US, but just missed placing in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 (#41). Clearly the people of Anniston saw differently.
  8. Nazareth, “Love Hurts” A cover of the 1960 song written by Boudleaux Bryant and sung by The Everly Brothers. Reached #1 in Canada and #8 in the US.
  9. Cledus Maggard & The Citizens Band, “The White Knight” Get your ears on, buddy! As you might have guessed from the name of the band, this is a CB song. It reached #1 on the Country chart and #19 in the US overall.
  10. Barry White, “Let The Music Play” This went to #4 on the R&B chart and #32 on the Hot 100 for the big guy.

WDNG-AM has adopted a news-talk format, while WDNG-FM (“My 95”) plays an adult contemporary format, as does its sister station WFHK.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 8, 2019.

BATLE OF THE BANDS: “That’s Why I’m Cryin'” Results

My last battle was between two Ladies of the Blues, Koko Taylor and Janiva Magness, to see who did a better rendition of Magic Sam’s “That’s Why I’m Cryin’.” After all the votes have been counted, we have a tie!

Koko Taylor: 5

Janiva Magness: 5

As has become my custom, rather than casting a vote, I’ll let the result stand rather than casting a tie-breaking vote. Besides, I wouldn’t know who to give it to: both versions are superb, as are both singers. I might be tempted to give it to Koko, since I have fond memories of her, but Janiva is just too good. So, congratulations to both ladies.

I have next Friday’s battle sitting in the queue, so be sure and join us then!