#SoCS – Song

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “song.” First, find a picture–the closest one to you. Your prompt is the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture. Have fun!”

This week, Linda’s stream of consciousness challenge played right into my hands because I wanted to write a post about songs that make me laugh by tickling my wicked sense of humour in some way or another. I also wanted to share my husband’s favourite song which he asked me to do. I didn’t want to – I told him to create his own blog but he looked so sad I capitulated.

I am going to cheat and not look at a picture, I’m just going to share my favourite lines for these songs that make me giggle.

Anyone who knows me will be aware that I am highly competitive, especially with my husband who is a very clever man [he keeps me on my toes]. I found this song, Anything you can do I can do better – Annie Get Your Gun – Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, a few weeks ago and thought the lyrics were hilarious and captured how I am amazingly well. Even some of my expressions when I’m on a competitive streak are very similar to Betty’s in this video.

“Anything you can be I can be greater
Sooner or later I’m greater than you”

This song “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man” also makes me laugh and laugh. It so beautifully demonstrates exactly why I can never ask my husband to do anything to help me [It will always be wrong – haha]. I always tell people that when I married Terence I got all his hair and all his words. When my three sisters and I get together, we talk so much and so loudly [especially as the bottles of wine start to empty] that our menfolk all slink away after about 30 minutes to sit in the lounge and quietly recover while watching rugby or cricket. They are quite unable to take the noise and raucous laughter. PS If you are a fanatical women’s libber, you may not find this as amusing as I do.

“Would you be slighted if I didn’t speak for hours?

COLONEL PICKERING:
Of course not.

PROFESSOR HIGGINS:
Would you be livid if I had a drink or two?

COLONEL PICKERING:
Nonsense.

PROFESSOR HIGGINS:
Would you be wounded if I never sent you flowers?

COLONEL PICKERING:
Never.

PROFESSOR HIGGINS:
Well, why can’t a woman be like you?”

Maybe my hubby and I get on so well because I often don’t speak to him for hours. Writing and blogging takes up a lot of my time and attention. Hubby doesn’t drink, but I’ve been know to dibble – every day! But only one [wink!] and I know I’ve given him very strict instructions to NEVER, EVER give me flowers. Such a bother having to look after them. I don’t like chocolates either. Actually, I just told him not to buy me anything, I prefer to get my own gifts [giggle!]

Because my husband is such a saint to put up with me and all my projects and obsessions, I’m going to share his favourite song with you. It’s called Baba Yetu and its sung by the Stellenbosch University Choir in South Africa.

Our Father, ours
Baba yetu, yetu uliye

Our heaven, ours, amen
Mbinguni yetu, yetu, amina

Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Let your name be exalted
Jina lako litukuzwe
Our Father, our Father
Baba yetu, yetu uliye

Our Heaven, our, amen
Mbinguni yetu, yetu, amina

Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Glory to your name
Jina lako litukuzwe
give us today our food
Utupe leo chakula chetu

What we need you to forgive
Tunachohitaji utusamehe

Our fault, hey
Makosa yetu, hey

As we forgive them
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe

Those who have wronged us, do not condemn us
Waliotukosea, usitutie

In temptation, however
Katika majaribu, lakini

Save us, and him, forever and ever
Utuokoe, na yule, milele na milele

Our Father, our Father
Baba yetu, yetu uliye

Our Heaven, our, amen
Mbinguni yetu, yetu, amina

Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Glory to your name
Jina lako litukuzwe
Our Father, ours
Baba yetu, yetu uliye

Our heaven, ours, amen
Mbinguni yetu, yetu, amina

Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Let your name be exalted
Jina lako litukuzwe
Let your kingdom come what you will
Ufalme wako ufike utakalo

Let it be done on earth as it is in heaven, amen
Lifanyike duniani kama mbinguni, amina
Our Father, ours
Baba yetu, yetu uliye

Our heaven, ours, amen
Mbinguni yetu, yetu, amina

Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Let your name be exalted
Jina lako litukuzwe
Our Father, our Father
Baba yetu, yetu uliye

Our Heaven, our, amen
Mbinguni yetu, yetu, amina

Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Glory to your name
Jina lako litukuzwe
give us today our food
Utupe leo chakula chetu

What we need you to forgive
Tunachohitaji utusamehe

Our fault, hey
Makosa yetu, hey

As we forgive them
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe

Those who have wronged us, do not condemn us
Waliotukosea, usitutie

In temptation, however
Katika majaribu, lakini

Save us from the calamity forever
Utuokoe na yule msiba milele
Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Let your name be exalted
Jina lako litukuzwe
Our Father, ours, who is
Baba yetu, yetu, uliye

Glory to your name
Jina lako litukuzwe

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Christopher Tin
Baba yetu lyrics © Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp., 2k Games Songs Llc

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50 thoughts on “#SoCS – Song

  1. Your husband’s selection makes me long for the choral music performances of my daughter’s high school and college choirs. I love choral music.
    And I also love the music from Broadway musicals, the favorite music of my mother. So I enjoyed both your selections as well. (K)

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    1. Hi Jan, Baba Yetu is sung in Swahili so it is probably better know in Africa. It is very beautiful, especially this version. I think this song represents the best of what we all hope to achieve in this world.

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  2. A great prompt! I love that the song captures your personality and creativity so well! Remember, it’s healthy to have a glass of wine every day…for me it’s just the issue of how large a glass I use…hope you are all staying safe and sane!

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    1. It’s a good think Terence is a saint, Jacqui. I am very far away, sadly, from sainthood with a fiery temper and little patience. When I say to Terence, “I’ve found a song to celebrate us, he knows something mildly wicked is coming.

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  3. These are great choices, Roberta. “Anything you can do I can do better” is such a fun song. I remember it from an album my mother played, and I remember seeing the movie. I’ve always liked it.

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  4. I got a big kick out of listening to “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” again. The soundtrack to Annie Get Your Gun was part of my growing-up years; both of my parents loved it. My little brother and I would sing it to each other in the most obnoxious way. I enjoyed watching the video of your husband’s favorite song as much as I enjoyed listenting to it. Even the conductor appeared to be transported! By the end of the song, I was reminded of the line from Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

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  5. That was fun, Robbie. It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your husband. I know both of the witty tongue-in-cheek songs that you picked. But I hadn’t heard the one that your husband picked. What a beautiful song and sound. A great SoC. I enjoyed the musical selections!

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  6. An amazing performance of Baba Yetu … I had seen this performed once before by a different choir on America’s Got Talent, but this is my favorite version of the two by far. Thanks for sharing …

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  7. Haha, Robbie, I’ve sung Baba Yetu. Our choir director was great and got us memorized the words. It was impossible to look at the music and watch the director, so had it memorized was great. I liked My Fair Lady and all the songs.

    I don’t ask Lynton to help me either. The first time we went hiking when we went on a date, he wanted to hold my hand to go down on the Boulders, I didn’t want his help. He said he was impressed. Now when I get up and down and carry heavy things without asking his help, he said he would like to help. Well, I can get done faster without asking! 🙂

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    1. I think you and I are very similar, Miriam. I am thrilled you have sung Baba Yetu is a a wonderful song. I can imagine you do have to memorise the words when singing in a choir. I have always wanted to sing in a choir but the opportunity has never been there.

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  8. Your husband’s favorite, Baba Yetu is a lovely song–I quite like it, too. Thanks for sharing it here. Btw, I learned a lot about you in this post, little details that I never knew before. I love the mental image of you having a loud hen party in the kitchen while the men slink off to watch sports. And I didn’t know you like to giggle. : )

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    1. Hi Cathleen, yes, I do have a lighter side, but it hasn’t been surfacing that much lately. My sisters are not allowed to visit me, sadly, due to the lock down provisions. I am pleased that people like Baba Yetu, this version is delightful.

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  9. Your hubby is super smart, do it wrong the first time and you’ll never be asked again! Love his choice of song, the sheer joy on everyone’s face makes it pure magic ❤

    Your first two songs I know well and also enjoy for the simple outrageousness 🙂

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