Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/02/2019

img_1345-3Jim Adams continues to look after Song Lyric Sunday, giving us the chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

The theme for this week is Hill/Mountain and you can find all the great entries here.

Because I was pipped at the post by THIS THAT AND THE OTHER with my choice this week, I am offering another “Hill” tune for your delight (or not). You will find this at the bottom and it morphs my SLS entry into a personal history lesson too!

Anyone who has followed my SLS entries for a while will know that my mind often goes to Beatles songs to try to find a suitable offering to present. I’m not always successful!

What I found this week is a song off the Magical Mystery Tour album. After the success of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles wanted to create a psychedelically themed film, and Magical Mystery Tour was the result. It was designed as an unscripted television special and featured 6 new songs.

It was never meant to be an LP, but the producers added existing singles to make up the numbers! It worked out pretty well.

Here, for your enjoyment, is “The Fool on the Hill”.

The Fool on the Hill

The Beatles

Day after day, alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin is sitting perfectly still
Nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

His head in a cloud
The man with a foolish grin is talking perfectly loud
But nobody wants to hear him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

The Fool on the Hill lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Here is the extra!

This is not a song, has no lyrics, and is unlikely to have been heard by anyone reading this blog. It is, however, special to me, and is amongst the music that MAY be played at my funeral/celebration of life/throwing on the local scrap heap!

It is “High on a Hill” by the Band and Bugles of The Royal Green Jackets

I had the honour to serve with The 2ndBattalion The Royal Green Jackets, in Dover, and Omagh, Northern Ireland. I can honestly say that they were the most professional and dedicated soldiers I have ever served with. This was the one and only time I served with a Light Infantry unit and It was a real eye opener. They are different! An example is that they march at 140 paces per minute, rather than usual 116, or 120. Examples can be seen below.

Imagine doing that for any length of time, AND carrying and playing an instrument!

25 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/02/2019

  1. I am guessing that pipped is a British expression. I looked it up and got (of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) when hatching. As the eggs are being pipped the female clucks, but I am sure that you and Fandango have something going on here.

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  2. Excellent, loved the marching at the end. I have mentioned to people before that when Trooping the Colour is on the television it is impossible to get to the other side of the room without marching in step. Having said that, some of the people you tell that look at you as if you’re barmy!

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  3. Sometimes we outguess ourselves when trying to come up with something we think will be unique to post. Don’t let it get you down. Just think of it as great minds think alike.

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  4. Interesting to learn about The Royal Green Jackets. Does everyone in that unit play a musical instrument? Looks like they are a highly regarded unit in the Northern Irish Army (guessing that’s what it is called, apologies if incorrect.)

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    1. No. When The Royal Green Jackets (RGJ) existed they had 2 bands, which was unusual. Normally a Regiment would have only one band. They were part of The British Army. All bandsmen were fully trained infantrymen and served as medics and stretcher bearers during conflicts.

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  5. So many bloggers feature music, and dare I say, I rarely listen, I bypass! Except Yours I always listen because I know I will enjoy. Today The words to fool on the hill immediately had me singing. I didn’t need to play the music.

    The second video said it wasn’t available. Obviously here in the hills of Yorkshire I must be a foreigner and not even part of Europe!

    My dad introduced me to regimental bands and the last one I enjoyed very much. I loved the speeded up versions of old favourites especially The Blaydon races! Thank you

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  6. That is a fast pace!

    Just an aside, I spent some time in Omagh. We had a private tour of the court house by head of the security there who gave us some personal and sorrowful history. You and I have been in the same places. Makes the world a little smaller!

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  7. Beatles music is always a winner! Great choice!
    I do love hearing and seeing marching bands. Their precise formations are wonderful, and must take many hours of practice to be ready for a performance. Thanks for including! 🙂

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  8. Hey Peter!!! Ah. I love ‘Fool on the Hill’. Haven’t heard it in a while. Second vid won’t play for me here in the US. And the last vid….WOW! They are incredible! Such precision. And to see it in front of a castle. That’s amazing!!! Regal. It never occurred to me that You would have served in different armies. My Lord, what a life You have lived! Thank You for all of this!!! Cheers! 🙂

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