Oct. 27th, 2014

I just premiered this song at OVFF this past weekend. The tune is from SJ Tucker's album "Wonders", which I love very much. You can hear the original song here.

This tune got stuck in my head because I knew it reminded me of some other song, but couldn't figure out which one. Drives ya nuts, lemme tell ya. I finally figured that part out a few weeks ago, and my first thought was, "It'll be fun if I mix the lyrics from this song with the tune to that one." But somehow I couldn't leave it at that, and it turned into something a little different. I'm very happy with it.

Song of The Nanny
TTTO: "Song of the Witches" by SJ Tucker
Lyrics coyright by Robert and Richard Sherman and Mark Bernstein

Now as the ladder of life has been strung
You may think a sweep's on the bottommost rung
Though I spends me time in the ashes and smoke
In this 'ole wide world there's no happier bloke

Up where the smoke is all billered and curled
'Tween pavement and stars is the chimney sweep's world
Where there's hardly no day and hardly no night
There you'll see things half in shadow and halfway in light

Chim, chiminee, chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-ee
A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be
Chim, chiminee, chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-oo
Good luck will rub off when I shakes hands with you
It's true (La, la)
Or blow me a kiss (La, la)
And that's lucky too

She came to the door on the day the wind blew
Brought by a letter that went up the flue
We saw she was special, and hoped she would stay
She was practically perfect in every way

She slid up the bannister ever so quick
Her carpetbag full of suprises and tricks
The songbirds entreat us to join in their tune
For work becomes play if you just add a sugar-filled spoon

Chim, chiminee, chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-ee
Wonders surround us for those who would see
Chim, chiminee, chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-oo
Instead of what's real why not look for what's true?
Please do

Let's go fly a kite and we'll feel the wind's drag
Then feed the birds, only tuppence a bag
We'll float through the air borne on laughter we love
Then step in time 'cross the rooftops above

Join hands together and jump, do not balk
Into a land drawn on sidewalk with chalk
This holiday's jolly, and soon we may chance
On the band members dressed all in pearls and the penguins who dance

Chim, chiminee, chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-ee
Who knows what we'll do and who knows what we'll be?
Chim, chiminee, chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-oo
And "Stay Awake" lulls us to dreaming when day is through

And when the wind shifts, and she says she must leave
We know we'll miss her, but we will not grieve
For we know the magic we've found will abide
When a family stands hand in hand, side by side

And those of us drawn to this story give thanks
For the time we could spend with the family Banks
So sing out this ultimate spell word with us
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Grown up concerns have not broken us yet
For we have seen wonders and will not forget
When life weighs heavy, we know what to do
Sing chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-ee, chim cher-oo

(To the original tune, final line)
Chim, chiminee, chim, chim, cher-ee, chim cher-oo

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