Fantasticko!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Dog’s got to bark, a mule’s got to bray.
Soldiers must fight and preachers must pray.
And children, I guess, must get their own way
The minute that you say no.
Why did the kids pour jam on the cat?
Raspberry jam all over the cat?
Why should the kids do something like that,
When all that we said was NO?

Wondering what this is? Well, this is a song called “Never Say No” from a 1960’s musical called The Fantasticks, the world’s longest running musical. I was switching channels last night and stumbled upon the movie adaptation (1964) on MGM. I love english movie soundtracks and if it is part of the movie, then simply delightful, I say.

The way the fathers pretend to be in feud with each other, order their kids (yup a boy and a girl 🙂 not to talk to each other and then rush to plot against their kids the moment they step out is just brilliant. They concur that NO is all that is needed to make them marry each other w/o thinking it is an arranged (oh the horror) marriage.

Your daughter brings a young man in,
Says “Do you like him, Pa?”
Just say that he’s a fool and then:
You’ve got a son-in-law!
You’ve got a son-in-law!
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Sure as the June comes right after May!
Sure as the night comes right after day!
You can be sure the devil’s to pay
The minute that you say no.
Make sure you never say…
No!

They even go one step further and pay the mysterious El Gallo (drool and swoon – what a divine voice this man has) to kidnap the girl so that the boy looks like a hero. But once the dad’s pretend to end the feud and give them permission to meet freely, the lovers miss the charm and the thrill of their secret rendezvous 🙂  ~ What seemed charming by moonlight seems harsh in the sun and seems even harsher when one of the dads reveal that the kidnapping was fake and that they were behind the whole thing.

The lovers feel cheated and in a way the dad’s do too and look how they express it!

Plant a turnip.
Get a turnip.
Maybe you’ll get two.
That’s why I love vegetables;
You know that they’ll come through!
They’re dependable!
They’re befriendable!
They’re the best pal a parent’s ever known!
While with children,
It’s bewilderin’.
You don’t know until the seed is nearly grown
Just what you’ve sown.
So
Plant a carrot,
Get a carrot,
Not a Brussels sprout.
That’s why I love vegetables.
You know what you’re about!
Life is merry,
If it’s very
Vegetarian!
A man who plants a garden
Is a very happy man!

The others songs were good too but I loved these two songs cos I know the worth of NO and how my kids bewilder me 🙂 Yes it is a balancing act, with the scales tipping in their favor most of the time but it is worth it as when it gets tough or when i feel overwhelmed, I try to remember. Remember what, you ask, here it is

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow.
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow,
Follow, follow, follow, follow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That no one wept except the willow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That dreams were kept beside your pillow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That love was an ember about to billow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow.
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow,
Follow, follow, follow, follow.
Deep in December, it’s nice to remember,
Although you know the snow will follow.
Deep in December, it’s nice to remember,
Without a hurt the heart is hollow.
Deep in December, it’s nice to remember,
The fire of September that made us mellow.
Deep in December, our hearts should remember
And follow.

P.S. I did a quick google search and guess what, the Broadway show is still on so I am going to definitely make it to Broadway———————————————-uh, to watch the play 🙂

I love fantasy. I love horror. I love musicals. Whatever doesn’t really happen in life is what I’m interested in. As a way of commenting on everything that does happen in life, because ultimately the only thing I’m really interested in is people~Joss Whedon

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