Sunday, October 29, 2006

Julie Andrew's New Favorite Things

To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favorite Things" from the legendary movie "Sound Of Music."Here are the clever lyrics she used:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillac's and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache,When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation that lasted for over four minutes and repeated encores.)

I could sing that song for my birthday tomorrow, but there's one thing I know for sure: When your joints ache - you're still alive - and that beats the heck out of the alternative.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...LOVE this Judy....! And Oh Boy have my "joints been aching" lately....!
As they saying goes..."Old Age ain't for sissies"
I love Julie Andrews and I'm glad to know she is singing again...

I hope your day is absolutely perfect and that you get lots of presents! And Good Cake, too!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Those are good lyrics. Very true, many will agree.

Michele sent me here.

dena said...

Such cute, clever lyrics. That's always been a favorite song of mine.

srp said...

A very happy birthday tomorrow. Is Mr. Kenju taking you somewhere special? Perhaps something besides flowers? Maybe a new frog?

Love these lyrics. I'll have to show them to my mom.

terrilynn said...

Happy Birthday-wishing you many more (and lots of cake)!

Laura said...

I love the way you ended it! Happy Early Birthday, Judy!! Hope you get a "frog" cake!
(cake shaped like a frog, of course) ;)

Carmi said...

May you have the happiest of birthdays, and may you continue to be as revered in the forum of bloggers as Ms. Andrews is in the world of film and stage.

Terri said...

Just played catch-up here. Loved your Rome photos....but as you probably is waiting for Paris!

Jennifer said...

Happy birthday, my friend. May the year ahead be filled with wonder and magic and ache-free joints.

David said...

happy birthday - toasting you with sassafrass tea
here from michele

carli said...

Thanks for sharing. Wish Julie was still able to perform like she used to.

sage said...

nice lyrics! Have a happy birthday tomorrow.

colleen said...

I always felt that that song lent itself to a humorous re-writing! Between this post and Naomi jokes, I'm getting a good dose of it.

claude said...

Happy Birthday, Judy. I left a birthday card here

joared said...

Happy Birthday, Judy! Claude sent me here. Oct. is a good BD month. ;-)

Pickalish said...

Happy birthday!! I'd sing for you, but I would NOT get a standing ovation. =) Enjoy your day!

Carolyn said...

Judy, I might have to make a recording of this one myself~ LOL!! ;D

Chancy said...



utenzi said...

Unfortunately this is just an urban myth, Judy. But I liked it enough to send it to my mom (with the caveat that it's not true)

From Snopes:
Julie Andrews lost the ability to sing in 1997. That year she was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital for the removal of a non-cancerous polyp on her vocal cords, and what should have been a simple surgical procedure went dreadfully wrong. Her multi-octave singing voice was virtually destroyed.

Andrews sued the two doctors and the hospital for what had been done to her. In 2000, she settled her malpractice suit out of court, and though the terms of that settlement were not publicly disclosed, the amount she recouped is believed to be in the neighborhood of £20 million (about $30 million US).

Not only didn't Julie Andrews sing the 'blue hair' parody of "My Favorite Things" for a Radio City Music Hall audience on her 69th birthday, she couldn't have.

kenju said...

I know all this, Dave, but I also know that I saw her on GMA about 1 year ago, and she has regained some of her voice, enough to talk-sing some songs. She even appeared on some other shows and she did sing. So while you are partially correct - you must not have seen her on TV last year.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Judy, you are only a youngster yet, loved the lyrics of Some of My Favourite Things.

Malinda777 said...

Love Julie, and that song! This cracked me up. It reminds me of last year when we attended my FIRST concert of Peter Frampton. Now I remember Frampton Comes Alive album of great Rock music in 1976. He was a BABE. I was so excited to get tickets, and during one song...he had a goof on a particular instrument. Bad enough that he had to stop and "re-do". Now, looking like George Carlin with a turtle-neck and slacks, (no more long hair and sex appeal), he commented..."Oops, I must have forgotten me Poly-Grip", in his original "babe" Brittish accent.

Maybe he and Julie might have tea and crumpets together :)

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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Judy.
I also am a Julie Andrews fan, the lyrics were just great I thought. Enjoyed the card which as you say has held up well. Thanks for sharing the beautiful Roman photos.
Cheers Margaret

Shephard said...

A great attitude.
Happy Birthday! Hope it was wonderful.

Ronni Bennett said...

So sorry I'm late to the party, Judy. Big happy birthday to you...

PI said...

Sorry to be late but have a great year. I thought Julie would never sing again so that is great that she can, if not to her former pitch.

Badaunt said...

Very, VERY late, but... I hope you had a happy birthday!