Life Goes On Bra.......

Okay! I am not going to do my usual September column of Aghhhhhh, 3 soccer teams, 2 after school sports, 2 boys working at Stonefire, I am working too, and I am the only driver to schlepp! Really, that's 7 after-school activities, 4 kids, 4 different location obligations, often at the same time... impossible. And also pretty much what goes on every September.

So instead, I am going to write about something altogether different. Life! hah hah ha ha hee hee tee hee hee. Yes, I have completely lost it.

The other day, I was listening to The Sound 100.3. It is my new favorite statiion outside of KCRW when they are not asking for donations. The Sound plays plenty of David Bowie, the Beatles, even the Split Endz (I love that rarely played band!) along with the creme de la creme of the new stuff, ColdPlay, Flobots,...etc. Very few commercials.

The other day, I was listening to Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da by the Beatles. Of course I had to turn it up full blast. When I was a little one, it was one of my favorite songs. I never really thought about what the heck "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" meant until that day last week! I just sang along to it and thoroughly enjoyed the melody and happy little song about Desmond and Molly and their charmed life in the marketplace and band. What the heck is a "barrow" anyway? Wheelbarrow? My friend Peggy and I used to dance to it when we were 10. An entire lifetime ago, at least for Peggy that is R.I.P. She was such a good dancer, and I sucked!

But anyways, I finally took a moment to reflect upon the lyrics, and decided to research them on Google at work. (I am soooo bad!) I did manage to dredge up some interesting info..... Read all about it on the featured mystery link by clicking on the orange Beatle's Marmalade image above if you are so inclined....

Bottom line: Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da seems to be a Nigerian expression meaning, "Life Goes On." And "Bra" is another word meaning "brother". Funny that a man calls another man, "bra." Hard as I tried, I wasn't successful in locating a word for word translation for the catchy little jingle- just a bunch of crap about it being a drug reference..... In any event, I am never able to switch the station whilst this song is playing. It's just so happy on the surface. The sweet little song about life going on is a comfort.

Driving up our newly paved street, one would notice that life does appear to go on with the beautiful yards and flowers and the church bells ringing softly in the distance for added ambiance. Musing a bit more deeply about what kind of life is going on in these lovely homes, I thought it might be interesting to share a brief description. It could be anybody's neighborhood.... anywhere.

Due North- teenagers next door appear to be dealing weed in broad daylight from a picnic table in their front yard. Unseemly characters are constantly coming and going and occasionally yelling obscenities. My husband was nominated to confront the matriarch of the family- poor lady who works non-stop to support I don't know how many relatives living in her house. My heart goes out to her. Things have quieted down over there. Life goes on.

Due South- Elderly couple slips deeper into dementia. After talking with their adult son while he was doing yard-work, we learned that they had been surviving off of microwaved Lean Cuisines (those are more often on sale than the full calorie Stouffer's frozen meals) and hadn't been running their air-conditioner in the 110 degree weather. Poor little lady ended up with a hospital stay due to dehydration. It made me so sad as I had often wondered how her husband was getting by being the sole caretaker of his wife after she suffered a severe stroke which left her physically sound but mentally lost. I doubted that she was cooking that great Greek food. The son had to arrange for 24/7 care immediately. Life goes on.

Across the street- Shortly after the holidays last year, my neighbor decided to varnish some barstools inside because it was so cold outside. He left to buy a coke, and the rags and fumes combusted (probably when the heater clicked on) and severely burnt the inside of the house. They had to move out for several months, and are now living in their guest house. The wife has since developed Uterine Cancer and is undergoing chemo. This would be my closest definition to misery- she is in our prayers- but hey- life goes on.

I don't have info on the rest of the neighbors (aren't you relieved?) but I am sure they all have their difficult and joyful moments just as we do. We all have to find our way. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da!

Happy Labor Day - It's 3 A.M. and I gotta sign off! I will post the recipe of the month on Monday evening.

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Lennon, McCartney

Desmond has a barrow in the market place,

Molly is the singer in a band,

Desmond says to Molly- girl I like your face

And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand.

Obladi oblada life goes on bra

Lala how the life goes on

Obladi Oblada life goes on bra

Lala how the life goes on.

Desmond takes a trolley to the jewellers stores

Buys a twenty carat golden ring

Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door

And as he gives it to her she begins to sing,

Obladi oblada life goes on bra,

Lala how the life goes on,

Obladi oblada life goes on bra,

Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,

With a couple of kids running in the yard

Of Desmond and Molly Jones.

Happy ever after in the market place,

Desmond lets the children lend a hand,

Molly stays at home and does her pretty face,

And in the evening she still sings it with the band.

Happy ever after in the market place,

Molly lets the children lend a hand,

Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face,

And in the evening she's a singer with the band.

Obladi oblada life goes on bra

lala how the life goes on,

Obladi oblada life goes on bra

Lala how the life goes on.

And if you want some fun- take Obladi Oblada.

September 1, 2008
Next Post date: October 6, 2008

From Wikipedia

Musical composition

The song was a conscious homage to the emerging reggae movement (lyrical reference: "life goes on bra"), possibly related to the growing Jamaican population in Britain, although it is heavily blended with honky tonk. Aside from the syncopated beat, the song also employed metre schemes and devices not used in the Beatles' previous works and demonstrated the group's highly experimental nature at the time of its recording.

The song is in the key of Bb major. The structure of the song is as follows:

Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus, Outro[1]

According to studio engineer Geoff Emerick, John Lennon openly hated the song, calling it "Paul's granny shit." [2] After leaving the studio during recording of the song, (after several days and literally dozens of takes of the song, trying different tempos and styles)[3] Lennon returned a few hours later, heavily drugged, declaring loudly that he was more stoned than he had ever been and than the other Beatles would ever be. He then went to the piano and banged out the unique piano introduction to the song, claiming that it was what the song needed. The chords that he played are the ones used in the final mix. (According to Blender, the song has "the woefully unconvincing laughter in the final line: 'If you want some fun — heh-heh-heh-heh! — take ob-la-di-bla-da!'", which is why it was listed as #48 in its list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[4])

The character of Desmond is a reference to ska and reggae legend Desmond Dekker.[citation needed]

[edit] Controversy

Nigerian musician/singer Jimmy Scott later claimed that the phrase "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was originally his; Scott sued McCartney for compensation for using the phrase in the lyrics and as the title of the song. According to McCartney, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" merely was a common saying of the Yoruba tribe, and Scott had simply taught the saying to McCartney. It reportedly means "Life goes on", words which are also heard in the song.

This song was part of the list of songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel following the September 11, 2001 attacks, presumably because of the "life goes on" part.[5]

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