Tuesday, 4 August 2015

So smile for a while and let's be jolly



Amid the national mourning following Cilla's death, the loss of another familiar entertainment figure from our youth has passed almost unnoticed - Miss Lynn Anderson, she of the biggest hair this side of Priscilla Presley and, unfortunately for her, a one-hit-wonder.

But what a memorable hit! Here she is, singing Rose Garden on Top of the Pops way back in 1971:



All together, now...

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.
When you take, you gotta give, so live and let live,
Or let go.
I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.

I could promise you things like big diamond rings,
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover.
So you better think it over.
Well, if sweet-talkin' you could make it come true,
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter,
But what would it matter?
So smile for a while and let's be jolly:
Love shouldn't be so melancholy.
Come along and share the good times while we can.

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.
I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.

I could sing you a tune or promise you the moon,
But if that's what it takes to hold you,
I'd just as soon let you go, but there's one thing I want you to know.
You better look before you leap, still waters run deep,
And there won't always be someone there to pull you out,
And you know what I'm talkin' about.
So smile for a while and let's be jolly:
Love shouldn't be so melancholy.
Come along and share the good times while we can.

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.


Forty-four years later, I can still sing every word. And I was only seven when this came out...

RIP Lynn Rene Anderson (26th September 1947 – 30th July 2015)

2 comments:

  1. Fab vid
    She seems to be wearing one of Dorothy Squires old frocks and a wig from the bottom of Danny La Rue's suitcase.

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