Song Lyric Sunday — Summer Holiday

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the words of Christmas, Holiday, and Snowman for a “Christmassy” theme. Personally, I’ve already heard enough Christmas songs over the past four or five weeks to last me for the rest of the year. And I live in a part of the country where it doesn’t snow, so forget about a song about a snowman. Thus, I’m going to focus on the word “holiday” for my song choice, and a summer holiday at that — the Fourth of July!

“Saturday in the Park” was written by Robert Lamm, a member of the group Chicago. It was recorded for the group’s 1972 album Chicago V. The song was released as a single and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was the band’s highest-charting single at the time, helping lift the album to number 1.

Lamm wrote the song after spending the Fourth of July in New York’s Central Park, where there were steel drum players, singers, dancers, and jugglers. Lamm and Peter Cetera sang lead on the track. Lamm admitted that he based the song’s melody on “You Won’t See Me” by The Beatles.

According to the Songfacts site, after Lamm sang the line, “Singing Italian songs,” he allegedly sang some made up words, “Eh cumpari, ci vo sunari,” that he thought sounded Italian. But it turned out that the line is actually the first line of the song “Eh Cumpari” sung by Julius La Rosa in 1953. The line translates loosely to “Hey friend, let’s make some music.”

Here are the song’s lyrics.

Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
Eh cumpari, ci vo sunari
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, really smiling
A man playing guitar (play a song, play a song, play on)
Singing for us all (singing for us)
Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For today

Slow motion riders fly the colors of the day
A bronze man still can tell stories his own way
Listen children all is not lost, all is not lost
Oh no, no

Forty days in the park
And every day’s the Fourth of July
Forty days in the park
Every day’s the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all (waiting for us all)
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For the day
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Santa’s Favorite Ho

3E3AE923-AA60-446C-BA64-FC4B3CEB05EE“You want me to wear that to the holiday party?”

“Yeah, I bought it special for you to wear tonight. You’ll look amazing.”

“That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen and there’s no way I’m wearing it.”

Oh come on, it’s pretty and it’s funny. You’ll be the hit of the party.”

You must be totally unhinged if you think I’m wearing a Christmas sweater that labels me as ‘Santa’s Favorite Ho.’”

Written for the First Line Friday prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the first line is, “That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen.”

5 linesAlso written for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s words is “holiday party.”

And for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unhinged).

Share Your World — Holiday Edition

Share Your WorldMelanie welcomes in December, the final month of 2019, with this week’s Share Your World prompt, which is pretty much focused on December’s holidays. As you’ll see from my answers, I’m not a fan of December’s holidays, but not being a fan of something doesn’t stop me from talking about it! So let’s get to it.

What’s your remedy for the Holiday blues?

Holiday blues? What holiday blues? I try not to think much about it, but I have no doubt that before it’s over, I’ll rant about the bogus war on Christmas promoted mostly by Fox News and Donald Trump.

In fact, I just saw a blurb in today’s newspaper about the mayor of Charleston, W.Va., who wanted her city to be more welcoming to all faiths and people, so she changed an annual celebration from the “Christmas Parade” to the “Winter Parade.” It didn’t last long. Some people thought renaming the parade was an attack on Christianity. People in the overwhelmingly white, Christian city talked about how renaming of the parade was an insult to “the almighty Supreme Being.” One person posted that, “Christmas is all about Christ, not some winter parade.”

Of course, once Fox News got hold of the story, it was too much for the mayor of Charleston, who reversed her decision and agreed to keep the “Christmas Parade” name.

Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season? If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part.

I have two favorite beverages and neither is very exciting nor in any way related to any holidays. In the morning, it’s coffee. At other times, it’s caffeine-free Diet Coke.

This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?

I have no take on pumpkin spice. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never tasted anything that is pumpkin spice flavored. And since I don’t particularly like the taste of pumpkin anything, it’s unlikely I ever will.

Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?

  • Who are they and do you believe in them?
  • If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)? 

No, there is not any such person or deity that I connect with any holiday. As an atheist, I don’t believe in deities, and as a skeptic, there are very few people I believe in. As to the question about getting angry or dismissive of people who do celebrate these holidays, I don’t. I’m a whatever floats your boat kind of guy. But I do get pissed at people who try to force their believes down my throat, whether personally or legislatively.


Share a song that you enjoy during this Winter season (whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, and so forth).

Friday Fictioneers — The Hoarder

img_0290“We knew she was a hoarder,” Andrew said.

“I know,” admitted Andrew’s sister, Andrea. “But what’s with all these knit caps? Did you know she collected them?”

“Not a clue,” said Andrew. “And why so many nearly identical ones?”

“Mom lost it after Dad died,” Andrea said. “Cognitively speaking.”

“There are a couple of hundred here,” Andrew estimated.

“We should donate them to Goodwill.”

“No!” protested Andrew. “We should sell them at the holiday ice skating rink downtown. We could probably get around fifteen bucks each.”

“Okay, fine,” said Andrea. “It’s probably the only inheritance we’ll get from Mom, anyway.”

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Björn Rudberg.