Thursday, 25 November 2010

British students revolting at last

With apologies - and indeed thanks  - to Broadway, Nickomo, and many jazz greats

Students of popular song have been clamouring for the Fruitcake Miniature College interpretation of the much-covered standard The Sunny Side of the Street (1930, Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh), which was written in response to the 1930s depression. British students have been clamouring too, recently, arguing that if a life of debt is bad for a nation, it is also surely bad for those in that nation in education. FMC supports current non-violent action by protesting students.

Grab your coat and get your hat            * Young people never seem to dress up warm
Leave your worries on the doorstep        *They're nothing compared to future debt
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street               *Yeah, go on, cheer up!
Can’t you hear a pitter-pat?
And that happy tune is your step           *Like marching
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street              * and with a large bonus from a job in a bank
I used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade                  * But I don't listen to Morrissey these days
But I’m not afraid
This rover crossed over                        * Nick Clegg has lost all credibility
If I never had a cent
I’d be rich as Rockerfeller                    * Though philosophically this is a hard position to
                                                           maintain in the face of huge tuition fees
Gold dust at my feet                           * Early use of irony in Broadway musicals
On the sunny side of the street            * Threadneedle Street (look it up)

No use scheming and no use dreaming     
And no use chasing the rainbow           * Maybe join the army
There’s no need to look glum                * Grin maniacally as you sofa surf through your 
                                                            unpaid internship
Take things just as they come              * You never know who may offer a sofa
Life’s a holiday, just a jolly day
Made for laughter and play                   * Until you leave primary school
If you’d have your share of fun
There’s but one thing to be done…       * Brew your own and knuckle down to work in a
                                                            call centre
Grab your coat….                               * Endlessly .... 

Next week we will visit The End by the Doors, unless begged not to

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