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Dearest Princess Amelia, I know that you have been learning about the Great Fire of London and that you have been to a firework display and as Saturday is Bonfire Night. I also want to say very well done for winning the pumpkin competion with your 1666 pumpkin!

I thought I would share some fire related songs with you. Here is a fire top ten, I hope that you enjoy them.



amelia sign

Dearest Princess Amelia. Your Daddy told me that you left a sign outside your room this week asking him and Mummy to stay out. I hope that maybe you were making presents for them which is why you wanted the door shut. Is that true?


Anyway I thought that after making that sign you might like some songs about doors that are shut šŸ™‚

I hope that you enjoy them.


Dearest Princess Amelia one of my recent blog posts for you was about songs with nonsense lyrics. I think I have now discovered a song for you with the most bonkers, gobbledygook, silly nonsense lyrics that I have ever heard. The song is a doo-wop tune was released even before I was born, so it is very, very old. It is called “Rubber Biscuit” and itĀ is performed by a group called the Chips. I’m not sure that I would like to eat a rubber biscuit and I don’t think that you would either.


I think that you will be able to make up your own silly words and noises for this song and I don’t believe that anyone will be able to tell the difference. What do you think? The song came out in 1956 and sadly it didn’t get into the pop charts. But it did get played on the radio a lot. Underneath the video I have copied the lyrics to the song, well at least what they might be written down as. I think you should ask Mummy and Daddy to read those words to you. Next time I see you I will let you tell me how well they both did!

The lyrics to Rubber Biscuit

A bow bow

Heere odda hilldidda hildhiruhah
Juuuyr adda hilldadida jigguwah
Hieere odda hittomamma jizzowazzah
Hoow bawlda hiwowiwa hiwiwah
Heere odda hilldeninne hilldennine
Hiiire odda hillimoney hilluwowahwah
Dwiire odda higgunama shuppobup
Deare odda hildumama hithuivha
Puurr onna hillimona hillduwiva

..Mmmm Do that again!

Bow bow bow

Heere odda hilldunonne Hiduwippa
Tearrr outta numbanumba numbadaba
Luurre odna hithumama chigowazzah
Hiirre udda hithooupee hithuippa
Feure udda Heyynonne hithuipha
Daarr onna hilloonumme hithuomma
Feure ofthe Heyynomme hinuimma
Du-ur udda hauathuama hithua
Hiiire odda hithoomumme hithuim

Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you, hee hee hee, wish you had some meat…

Bow bow bow…

Heere odda hithunomme hithuipha
Eaarr odda hithunahmah himoowah
Baare odda nummanumma numballama
Daahr udda hilunomme hidoyohwah
Dooyr udda Heyynomme hithuipha
Sheer udda hidunomme hithua
Tiire udda hidanumme hithuwahwah
Huoy momma hommamomma shubowuppa
Bayy momma boyit momma bubbowah

Hmmm… the other day I had a ricochet biscuit. a ricochet biscuit is the kind of a biscuit thats supposed to bounce back off the wall into your mouth. if it dont bounce back… heeheehee you go hungry!

Bow bow bow…

Hearr odda henunomme hithuipha
Huoy momma hommamomma shupabobba
Baerr odda Heyynomma kithuopha
Daire odda himmonomma shipowubba
Kool odda Heyynomma jiggowazzah
Hiire odda henunomma jiggowah
Haar odda hinunimme hithuipha
Bayr odda henunomme hithuiph
Shove bubba bom bubbashuppa bom

Hmmmm… the other day I had a cool water sandwich and a sunday-go-to-meetin bun…

Bow bow bow…

Heere udda hidunonne githuwatha
Diire odda Heyynomme hithuwah
Huoy momma hummamomma shipobobba
Duoy dada Heyydaddadadda dang
Bayy bobba boyit bobbabobba booah
Huoy rodda hittomomma hittobobba
Daree odda Heyynonna hithuitha
Hiire odda henunonna hidduah
Hiire olda hildumomma hidduawah

Huuy ronna Hommumma shuppa bom
Duuy romma Hommbuppa chiggowah
Hiire rodda hinununa Hiduiwithah
Saare odda Laymumma huhmumumah
Heere odda hinunomma Hiduwdth
Heere odda Hullnunna Hiduwabbah
Huere momma hummabubba shuppabobbah
Gaare odda Heyynumma chiggowah
Hiiire odda Heyynumma chickoowuthah
Heere odda hillunumme hithuwah
Zuuyl momma Homm momma chippahooah

HmHmHmhm(heeeeh). Whaddayou want fuh nothin. A rrrrrubber biscuit?

Bow Bow OoOooo

Gingerbread man in Emergency room.

Gingerbread man in Emergency room.


Dearest Princess Amelia I thought that you might like a blog post about nonsense song lyrics. Songs that might have been written by your Daddy. This will be the first nonsense lyric post of many I hope. I also hope that you like the song, it is called “Rama Lama Ding Dong” and it’s by Rocky Sharpe and the Replays in 1979. The song was originally by an American group called the Edsels and has been covered by many groups, including one that has a rather nonsense name; Showaddywaddy. I hope you and your Mummy and daddy enjoy a little Rama Lama Singalong now šŸ™‚ I have added some funny versions of the song too.

Just to help you Mummmy and daddy and all the people in Godderwil to sing along here are the words.


Oh oh oh oh
I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
She’s everything to me
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
I’ll never set her free
For she’s mine, all mine
Oh oh oh oh
I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong,
She’s fine to me,
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
You don’t believe that she’s mine, all mine
I love her,
Love her, love her so.
That I’ll never, never let her go.
You may be certain she’s mine, all mine,
She’s mine all of the time.
Oh I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
She’s everything to me
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
I’ll never set her free
For she’s mine, all mine




Dearest Princess Amelia in your blog post a year ago I promised to always dedicate December to a Christmas song and that is what I will do. Last year I gave you “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by the Jackson 5, Bruce Springsteen and Mariah Carey and if you click here you can listen to those again.


This year I have chosen a special Christmas song about a snowman called Frosty. It is quite and old song which was written by Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson for a singer called Gene Autry. They thought they would write a Christmas song for him because he had been successful with his version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer“. This was a very, very long time ago in a land far, far away. In fact it was in 1950 in America.


I have chosen four different versions of the song and my favourite one is the last one by the Ronettes. I hope that you enjoy them and have a good dance to the music. I also hope that you have a wonderful Christmas. Ā There is also a short video about how to make your very own Frosty The Snowman. And finally don’t forget to ask Mummy and Daddy to click onĀ NASA’s Santa TrackerĀ on Christmas Eve so that you know when he will arrive in Godderwil.



Dearest princess Amelia it is time for the NovemberĀ post. In fact may I beg your royal forgiveness as it is a little late as it is nowĀ December? The subject for this issue will be colours and you will learn over time that there are many, many songs indeed that are about colours. I intend to give you just a few of those today. I hope that you like them. I will start with the wonderful “I Can Sing A Rainbow” which has the line “Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Orange and Purple and Blue” and it will be those seven colours that we will also cover in song. I hope that you and the good people of Godderwil enjoy them all.



Dearest Amelia I said when I embarked on your special blog that I would try to introduce you to some great music, some of which you may never hear anywhere else! I also said that I would occasionally write a post about a particular artist or band; usually one that I admire, although not necessarily. But for the first of those posts I have chosen someone I believe is an incredibly talented man. How talented is he? Well probably even more talented than me or your Daddy. Yes I know that is hard to believe that, but itā€™s true.

The person I am talking about is the great Harry Belafonte. He is now 84 years old, which means he is hundreds of years older than me. Well ok, perhaps I told a little fib there. But he is considerably older than me and very, very much older than you. He was born on March 1st 1927 in New York. His mother was from Jamaica and his father was from Martinique and was a chef in the Royal Navy.

Harry wanted to become an actor and began singing in nightclubs to pay for his acting lessons. He started to become really interested in folk music and began studying that too. He was able to use all the free resources at the US Library of Congress and trust me that is a lot of books! I think it might have more books than in the whole of Godderwil. He had also spent much of his childhood living with his Grandmother in Jamaica. It was probably these two things that moved him towards his love of West Indian folk music, especially calypso. He signed his first record deal in 1949, ten years before I was born and almost a happily ever after length of time before Amelia Catherine Williams (thatā€™s you) was born.

I think the first Harry Belafonte song I ever heard was ā€œThereā€™s A Hole In My Bucketā€. I seem to remember that was one of the songs my Uncle Ben used to sing to me, along with the occasional George Formby (more of him another day perhaps) number. Belafonteā€™s music is something most people know nothing about but will probably recognise a few of his songs; in particular those that have been used in films. Tim Burton used a Belafonte track to great effect in his film ā€˜Beetlejuiceā€™. Itā€™s one of my favourite films which Iā€™ll watch with you one day. But it is a bit scary so youā€™ll have to wait until youā€™re a little more growed up!

Mr Belafonte had a great ear for music from all around the world and he introduced a number of artists to America, including Miriam MakebaĀ from South Africa and Nana MouskouriĀ from Greece. He had his own television show in the 60s and in 1962 a very young Bob Dylan made his first ever TV appearance on it. In fact there is one of Miriam Makeba‘s songs at the end of this post. He has always cared very much about other people and has taken a stand against racists amongst others. He also used his acting lessons to good effect by appearing in quite a few movies. He has shared a stage with many big stars including the Muppets!

Anyway enough words letā€™s shake it loose with some music shall we? Here are a few of my favourite Harry Belafonte songs, I hope that you like them too. I think you’re really going to dance to “Jump In The Line” There is also a special song in there for Halloween, can you guess which one it is?

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