I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper and Other Tidbits…

Don’t worry Hubby, I’m not leaving you for a lighthouse keeper.  I don’t actually know any, ha!  I jest of course, and he knows it. He also reads my posts…

In response to my Lighthouse Award post on Monday in which I mentioned not being able able to get a certain little ditty out of my head, as in ‘In want to marry a Lighthouse keeper and live by the side of the sea’, both Jenny and Andrea told me that they had never heard of it. So, as promised ladies (and for anybody else who may have been wondering what I was on about)  I have tracked this song down for you.

To be honest, I thought that everyone knew it but what I’ve discovered is that although it was first recorded by Erika Eigen in 1968, apparently, it shot to fame from Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange. Latterly, it was also used in M&S’s 2008 television advertising campaign. Do you remember that?  I don’t!

So just for you lovely ladies, and anyone else who might want a listen, here it is and Jenny, just for you, this is the closest you will ever get to watching anybody prancing about in shorts to this little number as it certainly won’t be me, ha!  Besides, I have no idea where my pink shorts have gone…

So there you have it! I suppose too the only question that remains is how come I know this song so well and frequently find myself humming it?  Most certainly not from the TV ad, I’m sure of that.  I can only conclude that it must have become embedded in my brain because once-upon-a-time Aspie D was obsessed with watching A Clockwork Orange.   Need I say more?

Now onto to those other tidbits…

Yukta Kher is a new blogger (a lovely young lady of 16!) who came over to congratulate me for my awards and also to nominate me for The Sunshine Award.

This is to acknowledge her kindness and to wish her every success as she shares  her ‘words, visions and trivia along the way’… thank you very much Yukta.

One other thing I haven’t forgotten about is that a couple of you (pommepal and Steven) showed a great deal of interest in the crocodile that appeared in one of my photographs from my ‘Historical Lewes‘ post.  Here is that photo once again for reference for those of you who may not have seen it the first time:

Windows at the back of The Snowdrop pub in Lewes, Sussex. Notice the chalk cliffs behind it. Taken in late summer, 2013 (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Windows at the back of The Snowdrop pub in Lewes, Sussex. Notice the chalk cliffs behind it. Taken in late summer, 2013
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Isn’t he a beaut? Just for you two I did some more research and found out that this magnificent crocodile is neither a sculpture nor made from steel.  It is in fact plastic,  made up of several dozen wheel trims from old Vauxhalls, Rovers and Renaults by a local Lewes artist.  There are several other pieces of this artist’s work around Lewes and next time I visit I will try to find out his/her name.

So there you have it.  Mystery solved.

Well, what a week it’s been.  I’ve been quite staggered by everyone’s kind and loving words in response to this week’s posts, thank you all again so much but in the end I have to admit I couldn’t get to either of my usual photo challenge posts despite my earlier enthusiasm!  I ran out of steam, that’s all!

Next week things really will be back to normal.  Among other things, I plan to write a post that includes a little name-dropping, ha!  Well, you know how it is, all this fame is going to my head and there’s no stopping me now…

Have a great weekend everyone, keep safe and keep smiling and keep your light shining…and, as I always say…

Watch this space!

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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57 Responses to I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper and Other Tidbits…

  1. Love that! And that crocodile is an amazing work of art – although those flowers are just stunning too. Your artistry with photography blows me away every time, and congrats on your new award lovely Sherri! 😀 XXXX

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much Jo, what a lovely compliment, ahh, I’m really humbled by that! Yes, isn’t that crocodile something? I took that photo late last summer. I do like how most of the towns here have beautiful hanging baskets everywhere like this, they certainly do brighten the place up!
      Many congratulations right back to you and I hope you have a super weekend! 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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  2. I remember the song, vaguely. Fun song (but the girls in the video are all Way too skinny. They don’t look healthy!)

    Looking forward to the name-dropping. Have a lovely weekend, Sherri! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes, I agree Tracy, very thin. That’s the way of it now though isn’t it? BTW, in case you didn’t recognise her,the blonde older woman is Twiggy!!
      Thanks, and you too have a really lovely weekend and hope you are recovering…. 🙂

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  3. I believe I heard your hubby’s huge sigh of relief, Sherri. Cute song, I don’t recall ever hearing it.
    Ah, the Snowdrop pub photo, one of my favorites. I can’t wait for us to share our first pint there, underneath the crocodile! Happy Weekend! xo

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha! Oh yes, but he knows what I’m like and I did warn him about this post , LOL 🙂
      Yes, you remember this photo and oh me too Jill, right there, beneath that old crocodile one lazy, hazy summer evening in England, sharing a pint, or two…can see us there now…
      Thank you Jill and you and Derek from Devon a very Happy Weekend too!! xo

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  4. What a lovely song! I haven’t heard it before, but it certainly is a catchy tune. I may now find myself humming it! Hope you have a lovely weekend Sherri! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh I’m so glad you like it, it is really catchy isn’t it and now you can see why I keep humming it! Now we can hum away together 🙂 Thank you Heather, and I hope you have a lovely weekend too 🙂

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  5. Heyjude says:

    I’m another one who hasn’t heard of this song! And I don’t remember the advert either, so thank you for posting it. So where can I find myself a lighthouse keeper then? Preferably one who lives in a sunny place like in the video. And a skinny body too 😀

    Oh, and I spoke too late about WP and Chrome – I can’t see your pub photo! Have to pop into I.E for a quick squizz 🙂

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    • Heyjude says:

      Too late?? I mean too soon of course. Grrr…

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      • Sherri says:

        Ha Ha! I’m so surprised at how many don’t know this catchy little number! I’ve been humming it for years (that explains an awful lot doesn’t it, ha!). Believe me Jude, if I knew where to find a lighthouse keeper I would let you know…sure there must be a few floating around the place 🙂
        Ahh, I knew what you meant, I hope you were able to see the pic. What a nuisance this problem has been, just been over to Jenny’s blog and joined in your conversation about it. As I said there, it always seems to be us, or am I just becoming paranoid?

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  6. restlessjo says:

    You have a lot to answer for, young lady! I’m going to be singing this silly ditty all evening now 🙂 And no- me neither! But I know it now…

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  7. Seyi sandra says:

    What a great song Sherri, I’ll listen to it again! Have a great weekend my friend! 🙂

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  8. jennypellett says:

    Well, This is all very interesting – I have never seen that M&S advert, never heard that song – where have I been? However, it seems that others are as mystified as me. I can understand why it would stick in your head, though.
    Isn’t Twiggy amazing – she looks great but I think Tracy is right about the other girls – far too thin – they look like Modigliani models, only more cheerful.
    Thanks for filling us in on this song, missing from my life for so long – now I can’t hear anything else.
    Clockwork Orange? I can well remember that iconic poster of Malcolm McDowell staring down from every bus in London!

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    • Sherri says:

      So now you know Jenny and you are very welcome!! I didn’t know it from the M&S ad either so, as you can see, must be from Clockwork Orange! Claire had THAT Malcolm McDowell poster on her bedroom wall for ages, until she moved onto anther phase and obsession. I used to find it quite menacing whenever I caught a glimpse of it as I walked past her room.
      Ha, yes, cheerful Modigliani models, now that would be quite something and yes again,Twiggy does look amazing although she isn’t doing ads for M&S anymore is she, more’s the pity.
      Glad to have solved this little mystery for you and I hope you have been happily humming this catchy little ditty all weekend long, although if so you are probably swearing about me under your breath right about now… 😉 x

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  9. Such a catchy little ditty, Sherri. I think it’s also stuck in my head for the rest of the day. 🙂 Such a cute crocodile basking amongst the flowers. Congrats on the Sunshine Award. I’ll pop over and visit Yukta. 🙂 Have a great weekend. xx

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    • Sherri says:

      Isn’t it just? I do love this little ditty and often hum it but have been surprised at how many have never heard it before! Glad you like it but it does have a way of staying with you … 😉 Also the crocodile too, he is quite impressive isn’t he?
      Ahh, Yukta will enjoy your visit, thank you Sylvia and I hope you are having a great weekend too 🙂 xx

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  10. Yep, the crocodile is a star. :-). You don’t say. He’s made from car parts? Amazing.
    I don’t believe I’ve ever heard this song but I can understand why it would stick in your head. The tune is zippy and seems to loop once you start. There, I’m doing it now!

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  11. Rachel says:

    I’ve never heard the song either. The crocodile looks great and what a great home for him. Congratulations on your award!

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  12. And now it’s running around in my head I wish I’d never asked! But if I hadn’t I’d have to blame Jenny! I’m not surprised you ran out of steam this week – it’s a wonder you have any words left in you 🙂 Enjoy your weekend and I’ll look forward to what you bring us next week!

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    • Sherri says:

      Well, you know what they say Andrea….be careful what you wish for 😉 Ha! Well, now you know and I bet you can’t stop singing it (sorry about that!)
      Ahh, thanks, and yes, I did run out of just about everything actually! Still, back to normal in the coming week and I hope you are having a lovely weekend too 🙂

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  13. Denise says:

    No I don’t remember the M&S ad! They have certainly had more memorable ones than that!

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  14. bulldog says:

    I can now admit ,,, I did not know the song at all till watching the ad… glad there were others like me… by the way was that twiggy in the ad … I have to admit all of those Ladies were awfully thin if they had swallowed a pea whole they’d look pregnant… none there with a bit of meat on their bones…
    Loved the share re the crocodile… quite fascinating what material an artist will think of using…
    Damn now I have that ditty in my head, and I don’t know any women lighthouse keepers… thanks for that…lol

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha ha! Yes, this catchy little ditty will stick with you, so be warned! I’ve been humming it for years – says a lot doesn’t it, lol? 😉
      Yes Bulldog, that is Twiggy. She isn’t doing ads for M&S anymore which is a shame and yes again, those other models are way too thin, but this is just what all women aspire to look like these days, or so the fashion moguls would have us believe. No wonder there is so much pressure to diet…
      I knew you would love that old crocodile, he is fabulous isn’t he? I’m looking forward to finding more pieces by this artist when next in Lewes.
      Well, sounds like neither of us know any lighthouse keepers, male or female, so better just keep humming away…and hopefully you aren’t swearing about me just about now, lol 😉

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  15. That is a fun, happy, sunshine filled with a beautiful ocean view video. Hmm, looks like being a lighthouse keeper does have its perks. Have a great day! Congrats!

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  16. musingmar says:

    What’s a charming ditty! I fear it’s stuck in my head now…

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  17. Hmm…something is off, I think. Here I am, clear across the sea, and I have heard the song many times! I could nearly sing along with it, though the antics and attire are a surprise. 😉

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    • Sherri says:

      AT LAST! Thank you Marylin, somebody who knows it too, yay!!! I was beginning to think I was dreaming the whole thing up, lol! Ha ha! Yes, I bet. Singing it is one thing, but the imagery is quite another! Welcome to the world of British TV ads 😉

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  18. So glad you found the song for those of us who had never heard it. It’s a cute little song, and I have to agree with other commentators, marrying a lighthouse keeper certainly would have it’s perks.

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha Ha, thanks Donna and I’m glad you enjoyed listening to this very catchy little number! I love it but it does get stuck in your head so be warned! And yes, it does seem that marrying a lighthouse keeper isn’t a bad idea, lol 😉

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  19. pommepal says:

    Thanks Sherri for tracking down the crocodile it is very clever isn’t it?

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  21. Steven says:

    Prancing around in shorts? All the business over at my pad with leather and fat men (watch as everyone flocks over to inspect now…!) and Lord only knows what else, now this. Has everyone gone funny, or something? There must be spring in the air! 😉

    I remember the song and I think it must be from that ad, as I can remember hearing it from TV and not Clockwork Orange – I’ve never seen that film. It’s one of the many I tell myself I must watch, but never get around to. I love it! Super-catchy.

    Another award, too? Well… Great Scott! Congratulations, yet again! And, awesome to hear more about the cute croc, thanks 🙂

    I hope you had a good weekend!

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    • Sherri says:

      Woo hoo!! What is going on indeed JG, Great Scotland Yard again and again! Ha Ha, this is so funny and goodness knows what others will now think with comments like this about fat men and leather. Well, gotta hand it to you, that’s one unique and clever way to gain new followers, lol 😉 Or….maybe not, ha 🙂

      Glad you like this little ditty, I hum it all the time but then I’m sure you’re not the least bit surprised to learn this. It explains an awful lot doesn’t it?? See…there I go again…I want to marry a lighthouse keeper……

      You must try and watch A Clockwork Orange, it is quite something. Actually, and purely by coincidence, in my ‘name-dropping’ post later on in the week there is a little link to this film which I realised. Bet I’ve got you thinking now eh?? 😉

      Thanks, and yes, isn’t that croc info interesting? I’ll try to see about getting more pics of this artist’s work when next in lovely Lewes, just for you…see, I’m good to you aren’t I?!

      A good weekend thanks, flew by as they always do, ha ha, pardon the pun (I was not thinking about my magical brolly when I wrote that, honestly). I hope you have caught up on some sleep at long last and you had a good one too?

      Right, I really must go and look for those shorts….

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  22. esta.k says:

    This song is now stuck in my head. But it makes me smile so that’s ok 😉 I remember watching A Clockwork Orange in English class. I don’t remember the song, but perhaps that’s a good thing. I have a feeling the song didn’t come out so happy in that movie.

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    • Sherri says:

      Glad you are happy about that, it is very catching but I really like it too 🙂 I asked my daughter about this and she said that it was playing on the record player at the part where the parents were sitting in their living room while their son was being ‘cured’ by the doctors! So more than a hint of irony there then 😉

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  23. Imelda says:

    The ditty reminded me of Connie Francis’ “How much is that Doggie in the Window”. They have the same vibe. I guess it is because they came from the same era, if I am correct. 🙂
    Ah, it turns out it was by Patti Page. And for your enjoyment, here it is – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkLE4X-bbU

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha ha! Thanks Imelda, yes, I remember this song too and I see what you mean, there is a definite similarity…now I’ll be singing about a lighthouse keeper with a doggie in the window… 😉

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  24. Congratulations Sherri. I can quite understand you not getting the song out of your head. It’s great. I’d better go and get on with my post… Cheers Irene

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