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Your Mother Should Know!!

Solar rays and The Beatles Greatest Hits (1967-1970) album are my dining room companions this Friday evening. This pleasing visual and aural backdrop a perfect accompaniment to my glass of Pinot Grigio; my beverage of choice while gawping at freshly cut back lawns and newly regenerating spring time flora and fauna…… Seemingly, in these COVID-19 quarantined time, shrub watching is the new people watching!

Former US presidential founding father of America, Thomas Jefferson, once suggested “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” An observation which is difficult to refute, unless of course sitting amongst a scene of horticultural beauty isn’t your bag.

As a child residing in Gateshead, in the north east of England, I attended a trinity of alma mater’s with a lad called John Jefferson. I was never party to his thoughts on horticultural, or indeed aspirations of becoming the second Jefferson to hold office of America Commander in Chief. The only memory of the lad being he was a decent footballing right back.

Listening to these late 1960’s anthems bequeathed to their serendipitous audience by the Fab Four, evokes childhood memories of my introduction during the refrains originally release during the decade yours truly entered this dysfunctional planet. Songs whose lyrics, anecdotally, I’d attempt to mimic from high chair in the familial residence in Kirkstall, Leeds, and further afield.

I’ve vague memories of, in the mid-1960’s, being enchanted by The Beatles tune ‘Penny Lane’ and Petula Clark’s piece de resistance ‘Downtown’. This vague recollections evoking these songs as aural bedfellows playing out as my dad drove along Kirkstall Road towards Leeds city centre.

That being said, I’m not certain his car (which he’d borrowed off my grandad) even possessed a radio. Consequently, these recollections can only served up as somewhat unreliable.

I’ve inquired of Mrs Strachan senior whether these vague recollections of notional and aural recall bear any basis in fact. A query I felt moved to ask as in the past she spoken of my love of the Dave Clark Five song ‘Bits & Pieces’ from that era. An upbeat tune she asserts I’d drum along to with gusto on my highchair tray.

Sadly, mater was unable to fill that existential knowledge void. Leaving her eldest offspring still floundering with the facts relating his vocal and tray drumming accompaniment of The Beatles refrains…… An admission which seems to contradict the advocacies in the lyrics of this classic from the aforementioned bands Magical Mystery Tour album:-

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Your Mother Should Know

“Let’s all get up and dance to a song
That was a hit before your mother was born
Though she was born a long long time ago
Your mother should know (your mother should)
Your mother should know
Sing it again

Let’s all get up and dance to a song
That was a hit before your mother was born
Though she was born a long long time ago
Your mother should know (your mother should)
Your mother should know

Lift up your hearts and sing me a song
That was a hit before your mother was born
Though she was born a long long time ago
Your mother should know (your mother should)
Your mother should know
Your mother should know (your mother should)
Your mother should know…… “

 

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Gary Strachan

2 kids who've flown the nest, 1 wife whose flown with Jet2. Born at a young age in 1960's Leeds, the author became interested in the literary life when his wife bought him a dog. Having an allergy to dogs, he swapped it for a typewriter. Being unable to train the typewriter to retrieve tennis balls, he reluctantly turned to writing...... Website - www.writesaidfred.org

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