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for my father…

Happy Birthday Dad!

Back when my world was full of simpler times, my father and I used to communicate by writing notes to one another. We rhymed our little notes as if they were poems. I don’t have any of them now, but they would go something like this.

It’s not quite May
And we’re hardly into spring,
But today is your birthday,
I hope you feel like a King.

My father and I also used to listen together to various records that we had. We learned all the songs to one particular record and I’d like to dedicate this song to my Dad.

He’s free as the breeze
He’s always at ease
He lives in the jungle and hangs by his knees
As he swings through the trees
With a trapeze in his B.V.D.s
He’s got a union card and he’s practicing hard
To play the guitar
Gonna be a big star
Yeah, he’s gonna go far
And carry moonbeams home in a jar
He ordered Chet’s guitar course C.O.D.
Like A and E and he’s working on B
Big W&W and R&B and even the chimpanzees agree
That someday soon he’ll be a celebrity
Get it, get it, get it.

Gitarzan, he’s a guitar man
He’s all you can stand
Give him a hand, gitarzan

He’s got a girl named Jane
With no last name
Kinda homely and plain
But he loves her just the same
Cause she kindles the flame
And it drives him insane
When he hears her say
She really does her thing
It’s her claim to fame
Come on sing one Jane
Baby, baby, oh baby
Baby, oh baby
(How about that folks)

They’ve got a pet monkey who likes
To get drunk and sing boogie woogie
And it sounds real funky
Come on your turn boy
Sing one monkey
Let’s hear it for the monkey
On Saturday night they need some excitement
Jane gets right and the monkey gets tight
And their voices unite
In the pale moonlight
And it sounds all right

Yeah, it’s dynamite, it’s out of sight
Let’s hear it right now
Baby, baby oh baby
Yeah, shut up baby, I’m trying to sing
Get it, get it, get it

spinning… guitarzan by ray stevens.

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