New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
8 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, March 31,1995Words from Birdies' Song are sweet tweet for readers
DEAR READERS: “Stumped in Clearwater, Fla.” wrote to ask if anyone knew the words to a song from her childhood. The first line was: “Let’s all sing like the birdies sing ... tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet.” More than 20,000 readers sent me letters with the words (some also sent sheet music and cassettes). Some responses:
DEAR ABBY: I’ve copied the words from the sheet music that has been in my piano bench for many years. I hope “Clearwater” enjoys having it. The chorus goes: “Let’s all sing like the birdies sing, “Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
“Let’s all sing like the birdies sing, “Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! Sweet!
“Let’s all warble like nightingales, give your throat a treat,
“Take your time from the birds, now you know all the words:
“Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! T W66t
JAN PAYNE, OKLAHOMA CITY
DEAR JAN: Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Another version, which I received from many, went like this:
“Let's all sing like the birdies sing, “Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet.
“Raise your voice, let your heart take wing.
“Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet.
“Let’s all warble like nightingales, give your throat a treat.
“Now you know’ all the words, take a cue from the birds,
“Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet.”
DEAR ABBY: I am sending you the w’ords to “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.” I sang that song as a child growing up in England. I came to America as a British war bride and have lived in the States ever since.
On May I, 1995, my dear husband, Charles, and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. And you might also like to know that our youngest daughter, Amanda, was awarded an Abigail Van Buren journalism scholarship at Stanford University in 1977.
TERESA SUSSKIND, BERKELEY, CALIF.
DEAR TERESA SUSSKIND: Congratulations on your 50th! And thank you for letting me know about Amanda. Please drop me a line and let me know what she’s doing.
DEAR ABBY: By this time, you must have heard from at least 10,000 readers who sent you the words to “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.” Robert Hargreaves and Stanley Damerell wrote the words, and Tolchard Evans and H. Tilsley wrote the music in 1932. It was recorded in the United States bv Ben Bernie on Feb. I, 1933.
WILLIAM CHAMBLESS, NEWARK, DEL.
DEAR ABBY: The song my seven children, 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren most enjoyed singing with me is:
“When my sugar walks down the street,
“All the birdies go tweet, tweet, tweet.
“And in the evening when the sun goes down,
“It’s never dull when she’s around.
“She so affectionate, and HI say this,
“When she kisses me. I stay kissed.
“When my sugar walks down the street,
“The little birdies go tweet, tweet, tweet.”
A SINGING GRANDMA
DEAR SINGING GRANDMA, WILLIAM CHAMBLESS, TERESA SUSSKIND, JAN PAYNE, and the thousands of readers who took the time to send me the lyrics: Thank you! The problem is resolved, and this old bird is just about all “tweeted” out! So please, cease and desist with the tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet — before I croak!
DEAR ABBY: Should I allow my father to bring his girlfriend to my wedding, knowing how painful it would be for my mother to meet “Sally” for the first time?
The divorce is still fresh and very bitter. Also, if Dad brings Sally, would it be appropriate to seat them at a separate table at the reception rather than at the head table with the other parents?
And would it be OK to ask Sally not to attend the rehearsal dinner?
DEAR QUANDARY: You should not be forced to take sides. Your parents divorced each other (you divorced neither); they should put aside their differences for a few hours and give you the gift of happiness on your wedding day.
If your father's girlfriend is wise, she will volunteer to have
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DEAR ABBY: Last year my son, who was 25 years old, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes. I am getting counseling to help me get through it. My problem is how to respond to the question, “How many children do you have?”
Until last year, I had two living sons. Now I have one living son, and the memories of the one I lost.
I mention the death of my older son not to get sympathy, but I feel if I did not mention him, it would be a betrayal of his memory.
How should I handle this?
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