Song Lyric Sunday 31st October

Jim Adams is our host for the Song Lyric Sunday musical challenge.
This week the theme is songs that feature wind instruments which includes Brass instruments (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas) and Woodwind instruments (recorders, flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons) suggested by Maggie From Cave Walls.
You can find out a lot more and join in here
I’ve gone with the 60s classic Stranger on the Shore by Acker Bilk.

Courtesy of WIKI

Stranger on the Shore” is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named “Jenny” after her. The tune was written on a single scrap of paper by Bilk and handed over to Leon Young (1916-1991) who crafted the string arrangement, including the characteristic harmonic shifts at the very end.

The recording was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people, Stranger on the Shore It was first released in 1961 in the UK, and then in the US, and reached number 1 in the US and number 2 in the UK.

In May 1969, the crew of Apollo 10 took “Stranger on the Shore” on their mission to the moon. Gene Cernan, a member of the crew, included the tune on a cassette tape used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft.

It was the UK’s biggest-selling single of 1962,  the biggest-selling instrumental single of all time, and appears fifty-eighth in the official UK list of best-selling singles issued in 2002. It had sold 1.16 million copies as of November 2012.

One of songwriter and music publisher Robert Mellin’s major songwriting successes came in 1962, when he wrote lyrics for this song, allowing it to be covered by vocal acts including Andy Williams and the Drifters.

The lyrics are in the clip.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 31st October

  1. I never heard this before Di, but I do like the clarinet.

    • Showing my age Jim. Mind you, although I knew there were some lyrics to it, I had never actually heard them.
      I always wanted to play a clarinet or saxophone, but when I had a go, I couldn’t get a squeak out of either!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Wonderful choice beings back great memories 💜

  3. John Holton says:

    This is just a beautiful song….

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