As the move to new offices continues, we delve more and more deeply, unearthing strange relics from the past, such as…
A book of “Songs to Complain By” composed by our DDH and us in about 1967. IFO wrote the amazingly current songs in longhand as DDH played guitar and we both thought up lyrics. Later, our daughter, the real estate genius, found and typed up the notes and bound the pages into a beautiful little songbook.
From The Kingston Trio’s <a"“>Seasons in the Sun (IFO just looked on YouTube and found out this song was originally written in French by another of her favorite singer/composers: Jacques Brel).
Here’s our version:
1. Adieu, First Nat’l Savings and Loan/ Without you we’d have an empty home/
We cheated lots of times but then/ you forgave us in the end/ Tho’ you took away our phone.
2. Adieu, Equitable Life, it’s hard to die/ Although your premiums have been sky high;
We paid them lots of times but then/ Although you said you were our friend/ Well, we got you in the end!
3. Adieu, Air France, it’s hard to die/ 500 planes were flying in the sky/
We rode them lots of times, but then/ Even though we were your friend/Statistics got us in the end.
Chorus: for verses 1 and 3:
We had caviar and wine/ What a lovely way to dine
But the caviar and wine/ Are now pollution in the Rhine.
for verse 2:
We’ve had joy, we’ve had fun/with our payments in the sun;
But the rent that’s unpaid/ is another egg we’ve laid.
Then, there is this one, sung to the tune of My Darling Clementine:
In a bank vault/ Down in Fort Knox/ There’s a shortage I hear
Comes from spending/ Too much money/ Can’t be cured in just one year.
Forty-some years later, IFO is still laughing, remembering our creations, written during our years in Switzerland.
And there’s more!!! Coming up in the next post.