17 March 2009
Happy Harry Day
My father always insisted that Saint Patrick was actually a Scot who simply went to work in Ireland. Because of this, dad would pull out a special bow tie that he donned every March 17: A garish orange number with polka dots. In addition he would bring out his stack of Harry Lauder records to combat the annual American slide into a deluge of sentimental Irish vocalizing.
Now I love St. Patrick's day parades and music. I even like the kitschy parts such as dyeing rivers, fountains, and (Sacrilege!) beer a nauseous shade of green. But just for today: Sir Harry Lauder with one of his most famous songs (not that you will be able to understand a word he says.) - Plus you can't trust the Irish to drink alone, they get quarrelsome
Wee Doch an Doris
A contributor to You Tube has cleaned up all these old Lauder recordings and the songs are wonderful, but embedding is forbidden. If you would like to hear them, you can start here with the Harry Lauder choruses.