*126* music Friday

with a little bit of literature thrown in…

Did you know that ‘Abbey Road’, the Beatles’ final album was released today? I didn’t, someone just told me so I’m sharing. Growing up in Italy yes I knew who The Beatles were, of course, but I wasn’t really a major fan – unlike my mother who was mad about them – to the point that a musically snobby boyfriend (he was seriously into hard core Jazz) bought me the blue album (the red one? can’t remember) for my 18th birthday in an attempt to lure me away from Bruce. (See a few posts back). Fat chance. Of course it didn’t work, my love was real.

BUT, now, after living in England for many many years, and being force fed their music at every opportunity by Mr M, I have come to realise their greatness and importance (blah blah blah…) and I quite enjoy their music.

Sooo, in honour to their final album, as I was saying, I give you this little gem which I had never heard before today (and I thought I’d heard them all before, so there you go…), from the b-side of the album… sung here by Paul McCartney..

They lyrics come from a poem by the seventeenth-century playwright and poet Thomas Dekker from his play ‘Patient Grizzel’ (1603), set to a Lennon & McCartney’s new melody.

Here’s the poem:

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,

Smiles awake you when you rise.

Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,

And I will sing a lullaby:

Rock them, rock them, lullaby

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you;

You are care, and care must keep you.

Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,

And I will sing a lullaby:

Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

So there, have yourself a nice weekend, ours will be silly busy and I’m tired already… but hey, onward and upwards, right?

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