Wasn't it Fun?

Wasn't it Fun?

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

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Sticking with Lockdown as a theme for this one. When New Zealand went to Level 1 and we left our bubbles and started to return to the status quo ante, one of the few sad casualties were the bears we had all put in our windows to give a little cheer to children (and adults) going for neighbourhood walks.

This is a song about the last minutes of the Ted Empire. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Lyrics: 

The teddies came down from the windowsill
The teddies came down from the ledge
No longer a sight for the sorest eyes
A beacon no more on a hedge

Fuzzy Theo observed the commotion
Neptune in this ocean of Ted,
With a grin on his face stitched so firmly in place
As he looked o'er his shoulder and said:

Hey, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads?
Wasn't it fun for a while?
We sure had our day in the sun, eh lads?
And brought all the children a smile

The teddies came down from the windowsill
The teddies went into the box
The boxes went into the workshop, then
The workshop went under the locks

The people came out of the houses
Stepped blinking out into the calm
And Theo the fuzzy was beaming because he
Could shout to his brothers in arms:

'Hey, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads?
Wasn't it fun for a while?
We sure had our day in the sun, eh lads?
And brought all the children a smile
We brightened the days at their darkest
And had us an absolute riot
Yeah, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads?'
But all of the lads had gone quiet...

The teddies had gone from the windowsills
The bears had all vanished from sight
The lockdown was lifted, our thoughts had now shifted
To setting a country to rights

And Theo the fuzzy still lingered
With a grin as if he had a choice
He turned round to cry with a twitch in his eye
And a catch in his cottony voice

Hey, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads?
Wasn't it fun for a while?
We sure had our day in the sun, eh lads?
And brought all the children a smile
Hey, wasn't it grand while it lasted?
He would cry to whoever was there
Turn and smile with great charm to his comrades-in-arms...
But everything round him was bare



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Comments

coolparadiso's picture

I enjoyed the liner notes as much as the lines, there was I a 3 hour flight away and yet i missed the rise and fall of the Ted empire! Thank you for filling in this hole in my history of the world

billwhite51's picture

love the concept and the chorus is supercalifragilistic.

metalfoot's picture

"everything round him was bare" OUCH on the punnishness of it all.

This lyric will sing. Since I've already sung 1 today, I'll leave it for someone else to sing!

cleanshoes's picture

So good! Timely, charming, clever, and sad--what more could you want? We still have a few bears in windows 'round here, but they are fast disappearing.

ChariotBaldwin's picture

Love the chorus!!! but awww ... what a sad song too. We had some teddies in the window in Australia as well, so calling them comrades in arms was quite a powerful phrase. In my immediate neighbourhood, some are still standing guard against Covid - stubborn little buggers they are Wink

motisbeard's picture

I don't typically even look at entries that are just lyrics with no music, but you drew me in with your learned dissertations on various aspects of New Zeal.

You're a top-notch lyricist, as it turns out. I most liked those lines with the internal rhymes, like "And Theo the fuzzy was beaming because he" etc.

In my head, I can hear this being sung by Richard Thompson.

wobbie wobbit's picture

oh my comment i put the other day i must not have sent properly
this is beautiful - i can really imagine it as a ww2 song, it really sings off the page, really evocative lines and love the overall feel of it. nice silly groaner to end on too Wink