Lyrically Evocative (5)

I am offering up another song by the inventive and witty Ian Dury. The lyrics not only evoke many reasons to be cheerful, but cram in a lot of names, locations, lines from songs, nostalgia, and a great deal of wit and humour. This was a hit in the summer of 1979, six months after the chart topping ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, which I featured recently. It was called ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful: Part 3’.

Here are the lyrics.

Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Why don’t you get back into bed
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
1 2 3
Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good golly Miss Molly and boats
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley and nanny goats
18-wheeler Scammels, Domenecker camels
All other mammals plus equal votes
Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny Smith and Willy
Being rather silly, and porridge oats
A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
You’re welcome, we can spare it – yellow socks
Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty
Going on 40 – no electric shocks
The juice of the carrot, the smile of the parrot
A little drop of claret – anything that rocks
Elvis and Scotty, days when I ain’t spotty,
Sitting on the potty – curing smallpox
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
1 2 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Health service glasses
Gigolos and brasses
Round or skinny bottoms
Take your mum to Paris
Lighting up the chalice
Wee Willy Harris
Bantu Stephen Biko, listening to Rico
Harpo, Groucho, Chico
Cheddar cheese and pickle, the Vincent motorsickle
Slap and tickle
Woody Allen, Dali, Dimitri and Pasquale
Balabalabala and Volare
Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy
Being in my nuddy
Saying hokey-dokey, Sing Along With Smokey
Coming out of chokey
John Coltrane’s soprano, Adi Celentano
Bonar Colleano
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
1 2 3
Yes yes
Dear dear
Perhaps next year
Or maybe even never
In which case
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
1 2 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
1 2 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3

Songwriters: Charles Jeremy Jankel / David Stanley Payne / Ian Robins Dury / Stanley Payne David

And here is is, singing the song.

20 thoughts on “Lyrically Evocative (5)

  1. Great post πŸ™‚ I love Ian Dury’s music. Not only am I aware of all the American references, but also the British ones. For example, I knew about Hammersmith Palais from that Clash song entitled “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.” Interesting isn’t it? πŸ™‚ I am also a huge fan of The Clash as well as it’s late lead vocalist Joe Strummer πŸ™‚ What about you? πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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    1. I knew Hammersmith Palais very well, and the Clash’s ‘London Calling’ is something of an anthem for a Londoner like me. πŸ™‚
      As a child, I also lived close to Wee Willy Harris, who is referenced in the song.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Mr. Dury takes me back to 9 months in England in 1979. A memorable year as I not only got married (for the second time), but also had a baby (for the third time), spent Christmas in England and then back in Cape Town for the New Year! Loved his lyrics πŸ™‚

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