Thursday, May 16, 2013

In A Sentimental Mood

This is a song Mrs H always asks me to play when she's in her cups a sentimental mood.

It's a pretty thing, as Bing Crosby might say.

I only really listened to the lyrics properly the other day.

And when I looked it up found that they were written by one Felice Mancini, and set to music by her very great and famous composer Dad.

Sometimes, not often enough
We reflect upon the good things
And those thoughts always centre around those we love

And I think about those people who mean so much to me
And for so many years have made me so very happy
And I count the times I have forgotten to say "thank you"

And just how much I love them

Carpenters - 'Sometimes' (1971)


  1. Strange phrase. Still probably better than pished or blootered

  2. I thought you meant when she's menstruating.

    In any event, 'thank you' for posting this.

  3. It's a lovely turn of phrase, the cups one. I've always had it on the shelf waiting to be used. It's like a Sinatra song or Tom Waits song distilled into a tidy pocket size chunk.

  4. I can't get used to sneaking out posts on the wrong days. I love that phrase as well.

  5. 'Get used to YOU sneaking out posts' that should have read.

  6. I'm one crazy dude, huh?

  7. The cups phrase has always struck me as a bit gothic, conjuring up images of jewel encrusted goblets spilling their contents in a blood red slick across a banqueting table.

  8. Absolutely. Apparently it first appears in a 1611 English translation of an apocryphal book of the Bible (1 Esdras 3:22) - 'And when they are in the cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out swords’ - so it makes me think of Jacobean taverns, etc.

  9. That's uncanny, I nearly finished my comment with the words...leading to a sword fight. I have got a copy of the Apocrypha and I've dipped into it here and there. That's the power of Jacobean scribes for you.

  10. It's been euphemism week on the BBC website by the way ..


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