The Merry Minuet

You can learn a lot about a person from their favorite song.  Here’s mine.

The Merry Minuet                                                                                                                                         (Composed by Sheldon Harnick  in 1958 and Popularized by the Kingston Trio)

They’re rioting in Africa.
They’re starving in Spain.
There’s hurricanes in Florida.
In Texas it’s rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans; the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.
And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be thankful and tranquil and proud
that Man’s been endowed with the mushroom shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day
someone will set the spark off and we will all be blown away.
They’re rioting in Africa.
There’s strife in Iran.
What nature doesn’t do to us
will be done by our fellow man!

Deja vue!

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of seven, 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator; Presently part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Architect husband of fifty-seven years. Blog: Laughter: Carbonated Grace

Posted on September 11, 2017, in disillusionment, fear for the future, Gifts of Age, historical perspective, Political, prejudices, the future, Truth in humor and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Sadly, it’s still appropriate. I have a favourite song of the moment, or the month; for a while now I have been in love with this song, You Belong to Me. Here it is sung especially for me by my daughter https://youtu.be/cWKQJYHaz3M I love Jo Stafford’s version too.

  2. I remember this! I mentally sang the lines to the tune as I read them. Frightening reminder of a possibility still hovering over us.

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