A Thought for Today
Each man's needs should far exceed his grasp, or what are
I am curious as to the lyrics of
"Happy Birthday to Me", could you forward them to me, or publish them on the
web page? I am especially intrigued because, of this song, Sinatra said it "hit too close to home." Also, are there any recordings of it, and where could I purchase a copy?
I've heard a rumor that there was a song/poem composed for "A Man Alone" called "Happy Birthday to Me." May we please have the lyrics to this song/poem?
Thanks for the
requests, C and Josh.
Here, in Rod's
own words, is the story behind the exclusion of the song from the
"Man Alone" album:
"For awhile "Love's Been Good To Me" was known around the house as "the song Iíd like to get to Sinatra." Itís inclusion in the album came about because Frank thought that another song Iíd written for "A Man Alone" was too close to home. The song, "People On Their
Birthdays", opens with the following couplet:
People On Their birthdays will take a drink or two
and tell you how they won the war in nineteen forty-two,
some other Sunday before the swing came down
and papa smashed the car up on his way in from the town.
Frankís pop was by no means a boozer, but toward the end of his life he was beginning to have memory problems.
Unfortunately, his memory failed him a couple of times while he was behind the wheel. While no one was ever hurt, [it was usually a fender bender] the Jersey State Police called Frank more than once to advise him of the problem. "What can I do?." he once asked me. "Easy," I replied, "Get his license revoked." "I canít do that." he replied. "Sure you can, youíre Frank
Sinatra." He seemed to forget that on some of the most important
occasions. The totally ego driven Sinatra, written about by so many, remained unknown to me during our long years of friendship."
To the best of my knowledge
the only recording of it appears on the 1969 Carnegie Hall "Sold
Out" album. Rod mentioned the other day that the CD was sold out but
Dwight at Stanyan By Mail may have some vinyl copies left. Check the site
out at http://members.aol.com/StanyanByMail
The address for your favorite
McKuen songs and poems is firstname.lastname@example.org
. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
- Ken, Johannesburg, April 11
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