Sunday, April 23, 2017

Never On Sunday

Oh, if only I could come up with a great thought this morning!  But the only thing on my mind is getting the lawn mowed before I leave for our trip to Greece tomorrow.  The lawn mower broke down earlier in the week.  It is now fixed, but it has rained every day since it was returned.  It is not raining today, but it is Sunday.  I never mow the lawn on Sunday!  Never on Sunday!  Now that brings a song to mind!  

I first heard the song, “Never on Sunday,” in Greece back in 1960.  It was sung by Melina Mercouri in the film by the same title.  The movie is a somewhat comic story of Ilya, a free-spirited prostitute who lives in Piraeus, Greece, and Homer, an American tourist from Connecticut.  Homer tries to reform Ilya, encouraging her to change her life style, while Ilya attempts to loosen up Homer’s morality a bit.  Melina Mercouri sang the theme song which became an international hit in the 60’s and one of my all-time favorites.  The composer, Mano Hadjidakis, received an Academy Award for the song and Mercouri won the award of Best Actress for her role in the film, Never on Sunday, at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.  

Oh, you can kiss me on a Monday
A Monday, a Monday is very, very good
Or you can kiss me on a Tuesday
A Tuesday, a Tuesday, in fact I wish you would
Or you can kiss me on a Wednesday
A Thursday, a Friday and Saturday is best
But never, never on a Sunday
A Sunday, a Sunday, ‘cause that’s my day of rest
Most any day you can be my guest
Any day your say, but my day of rest
Only stay away on my day of rest
Oh, you can kiss me on a cool day, a hot day
A wet day, which ever one you choose
Or try to kiss me on a gray day, a May day
A pay day, and see if I refuse
And if you make it on a bleak day
A freak day, a week day, why you can be my guest
But never, never on a Sunday (Manos Hadjidakis)

I’ll pretend today is Monday, mow the lawn, and sing the song, “Never on Sunday!”

Nothing like a newly mowed lawn!

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