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Sherman Brothers A to Z: Q is for Quintessential

If you have been following my Sherman brothers shuffles over the past few weeks, you have probably discoved that these guys produced more than 26 bloggable bits. So the question becomes what do you keep off the list? Today I answer a different question, what do you jeep in? There are a handful of songs that are so Shermannesque, I knew I had to find a way to fit them in, Jolly Holliday from Mary Poppins (1964). I could have included it in H for Holiday, I for It’s or J for Jolly. Saving it for Quintessential allowed me to feature other songs that may have not made the list otherwise. The most quintessential part of Jolly Holiday is the pairing of the animation and live action sequences in this song. Unfortunately the sing-along-version shown above just whets your appetite for the entire sequence.

Ain’t it a glorious day? Right as a mornin’ in May, I feel like I could fly.

‘Ave you ever seen The grass so green?Or a bluer sky?

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday With Mary, Mary makes your ‘eart so light.

When the day is gray And ordinary, Mary makes the sun shine bright!

Oh, ‘appiness is bloomin’ All around ‘er, The daffoldils are smilin’ At the dove.

When Mary ‘olds your ‘and, You feel so grand, Your ‘eart starts beatin’ Like a big brass band.

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary, No wonder that it’s Mary that we love!

Now then what’d be nice, We’ll start with raspberry ice And then some cakes and tea.

Order what you will, There’ll be no bill, It’s complimentary.

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday With you, Bert, Gentlemen like you are few,

Though your just a diamond In the rough, Bert, Underneath your blood is blue!

You’d never think of pressing Your advantage, For bearance is the hallmark Of your creed.

A lady needn’t fear When you are near, Your sweet gentility is crystal clear!

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with you, Bert, A jolly, jolly holiday with you!


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