Song Lyric Sunday – The Candyman Can.

It’s been some time since I took part in the Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, in fact, it was even longer ago than I realised! I’ve not taken part since the 13th of February. Time flies by, it’s about time I took part again. It’s a fantastic challenge, hosted by Jim Adams.

The Last time I took part, the theme was songs that feature lyrics with the contractions of Can’t, Don’t, Shouldn’t, Won’t. 

Click on the link below to see my post:

This week the theme is Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy, Chocolate suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma. 

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

So, in my usual way, I turn to a golden oldie rather than something that’s been in the charts recently. This one is probably a very obvious one considering the prompt and I probably won’t be the only one to choose this song but I had to choose it. It dates from 1971.

The sone, The Candyman, was written for the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Anthony Newley had been a child actor in the UK and had also written songs and released singles and had been in the Rex Harrison version of Dr. Doolittle. He had also been married to the actress of Dynasty fame, Joan Collins. He co-wrote this song but was not happy with the version sung in the film and he released his own version shortly afterwards.

Then the following year, Sammy Davis Junior released his version of this song and it became a huge hit for him.

I tried to find these three versions for you so you can compare and contrast them.

I hope you enjoyed these contrasting versions. Oh, and if you are interested my favourite candy bar is called a Crunchy. I don’t know if that is available in the US, but it’s fantastic.

I hope you enjoy hearing this song again 🙂

I have included these word prompts:


Song Challenge from A guy called Bloke

Rory, who’s blog, A Guy Called Bloke, is definitely one to add if you aren’t already aware of it, has posted a challenge. (actually it’s the third one, but I’ve been a bit lax). Click on the link to take part.

A song that you enjoy that isn’t in your own language?
Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
A great workout/exercise/activity song?
Jump by The Pointer Sisters

Although there’s something about they way they are dressed in the video that reminds me of when my Aunts used to get up and dance at a family wedding after a few glasses of wine!
A song that is almost hypnotic to listen to?
Albatross by Fleetwood Mac – (This probably works for the next question too) I find the repeating bass so hypnotic and relaxing.
A song about animals?
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens.
A really unusual song you love that isn’t well known by others?
Yma Sumac – Bo Mambo

Hope you enjoyed that mix.

Song Lyric Sunday – Up up and Away.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the challenge is Elevator Music. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I thought of this song by The 5th Dimension, Up, up and Away, which is really upbeat, uplifting and it may not be played in many elevators (or Lifts as I stubbornly still like to call them) but this song should be played in a lift, in fact it should be mandated by law!

The Song was written in 1967 by Jimmy Webb and recorded by The 5th Dimension.

Their version reached number 7 in the US charts and Number 1 in Australia and Canada, but it was a different version recorded by Johnny Mann Singers that charted in the UK reaching number 6.

[Verse 1]
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly (we can fly)

Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

[Verse 2]
The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly (we can fly)

Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under a twilight canopy
We’ll search the clouds for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us
We’ll keep the moon beside us

Sunday Songs from Yesteryear – Too Young

The Word of the day is Young and my brain instantly thought of a lovely old song sang by the great Nat King Cole, Too Young.

It’s a great song, originally released on the 6th of February 1951, so 69 years ago.

Many of you know that I love old songs, I hope you love this one too.


Superstition – A musical memory

The Word of the Day is Superstition and instantly that made me think of a brilliant song by Stevie Wonder of entitled ‘Superstition’.



A fantastic funky tune released in 1972, I think it was way ahead of its time and at the same time, timeless.

The Incongruous Overture – A Silly Poem

This was originally posted a year ago, but I thought it deserved another airing. 😉 

I hope you find it uplifting


At the Piano, he banged the keys

The audience fell to their knees

It was an Overture most grand

The most bravado piano playing

In all the land.

But something wasn’t quite

The way it should have been, that night.

For while the audience enjoyed the fuss

There was something quite incongruous.

The scene was electric, that’s all right,

But it was quite an awesome sight,

For while they wore scarves and hats,

They were all a bunch of alley cats,

And while it can be said, quite true

That alley cats like music too,

They don’t often like an overture,

There’s something else they much prefer,

Something Jazzy, Sassy, lots of beat,

Something to which they can move their feet.

But this lot sat and watched chief Pussy,

Playing Mendelsohn and then Debussy.

It all seemed like a glorious joke,

Then all of a sudden, I awoke

To the sound of my own cat’s scream,

It had all been a rather silly dream!

As if any cat would listen, acute!

They hate the piano, they prefer the flute.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14/December/2018

Some Groovy Music

The Word of the Day is Groovy and this made me think of a couple of songs.

  1. Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind of Love – this isn’t the original version but a cover of an older song. The tune itself is an old classical piece of music by composer Muzio Clementi.


2) 59th Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) Simon and Garfunkel.



I hope you enjoy listening to these songs and they put you in a groovy kind of mood.



Pop of Positivity – Animal Magic

I have been tagged by my good pal, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, in this great challenge.

Click on the link below to see Rory’s Post:

PoP – Goes the weasle … maybe not, but!


My good friend, Beckie, of Beckies Mental Mess, is the originator of this particular challenge, so here is her post and how she described the challenge:

“POP!” Pop of Positivity Share #6 Theme: Funny Scenes From a Movie of Animals or Humans Acting Like Animals


“What is “Pop!” – Pop of Positivity?”

“Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There’s a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day.  Taking time away from thinking about the negative and switch gears and think of the positive.  Perhaps,  we can all share some smiles along the way too.


Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).

I will, therefore, Tag Two Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.

You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: A Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).

You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.


Topic or Theme: Funny Movie Scenes of Animals or People Acting Like Animals 


So, here we go:

  1. Ylvis – The Fox (what does the fox say?)


2) Here is a scene from one of my favourite films as a child, Willow, where the evil queen Bathmorda (played by the wonderful Jean Marsh) turns the enemy forces into pigs. Gosh, I wish I had that power! Apparently, Val Kilmer was already a pig before the transformation…


3) Here are some animated animals, Ostriches dancing to the Dance of the Hours, courtesy of Disney’s Fantasia.


I hope you enjoyed that.


If you want to have a go, please consider yourself nominated. 🙂

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 29


Laura Venturini created this challenge, click on the link to see her post:

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 29

and my friend, Beckie of Beckie’s mental mess tagged me to take part:

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 29


  • Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate!


Well I love my music, and I have rather eclectic, old fashioned and some would say downright Bizarre taste in music, so here is my selection:

1. Post a video of a song that makes you think of time off from work.

Fiddler’s Dram – Day Trip to Bangor.

2. Post a video of a song that makes you think of Summer.


Texas – Summer Son

3. Post a video of a song that is about working.

Sam Cooke – Working on the Chain Gang.


Well, that was my choice of music. What do you think?

Fancy having a go? You’re Nominated. 🙂