Friday, 19 October 2018


The fifth and (possibly) final one in this run of Friday show tunes. From Mary Poppins, and one that, for some reason, doesn't get sung a lot.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

This Ole House

When Shakin' Stevens did this, it sounded bouncy & almost jolly. Other versions seem to have a similar feel to them. But the words actually paint a sadder picture. Hardly party time.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Billy The Conqueror

Restoring order after yesterday's smut, here's one written by a ukulele playing friend of mine, John. A story all too familiar to many parents.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Pin In Your Cushion

Yesterday's song was cheeky humour. Today's is thinly disguised filth, from 1931, written by the great Bo Carter, who specialised in this sort of thing.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Isabel Makes Love Upon National Monuments

Jake Thackray used to be a regular fixture on the BBC, but I don't remember this one ever being played. One of his racier numbers.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Stand By Your Man

The next few songs could be controversial, or maybe not, depending on your standpoint. This one upset the feminist movement when it came out in the late 60s, and possibly still does. Tammy Wynette spent the rest of her career defending it. And if a man sings it, well, that's another kettle of fish...

Saturday, 13 October 2018

I Got Stripes

Back home again, and a quick Johnny Cash song before the unpacking has to be done. Although he was credited as the writer, it is very much based on an older song, sung by Lead Belly and others.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Love Changes Everything

Show Tunes Friday, episode 4, and something from Aspects Of Love. And no, I'm not going to go for the Michael Ball big finish.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

True Love Ways

I suppose the songs from the van are the equivalent of campfire songs, and for some reason, The Everlys and Buddy Holly always seem a good fit. Here's another Buddy.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


I can recommend Antje Duvekot, a superb songwriter. This one grabbed me the first time I heard it.