Posted on Thursday 7th April, 2011
People who, like me, are fans of the comic song genre won't have failed to spot that my blog is also named after a fabulous Flanders and Swann ditty of the same name. For me, comic songs are all about fine wordcraft: as well as F&S, Jake Thackray, Charles Trenet, Richard Stilgoe (on a good day) and Ian Dury have all made their contributions.
Some of Jake Thackray's work has even been known to move me to tears: his song, Ulysses, that details his love-hate relationship with his dog is a masterpiece of its kind. Even Lily Allen has made her contribution although some of her rhymes are stretched to breaking point.
F&S probably did more to further the BBC's on-screen portrayal of disability than anyone since Ironside - and he apparently wasn't a proper wheelchair user anyway.
I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do. Perhaps it's because my house has been overtaken by carpenters, decorators, bricklayers and the like that their well chosen words seem to ring so true.