Sunday, November 29, 2009


I recently saw a movie that ended -- as is the fashion these days -- with a voice-over of a pop song. It was a good enough song (Van Morrison), but I actually prefer the old-fashioned approach of using a song written especially for the movie. However, this is not a rant. The end-of-movie song reminded me of the time I was meeting in my office with a young couple, working on the plans for their wedding. We were going over the order of service and the bride said, "Here's where we want the Robin Hood song." What she meant was the then-popular "Everything I Do I'll Do It For You," by Bryan Adams. It had been voiced over the action of Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood" movie. But I'm a child of the fifties, and the "Robin Hood song" meant something different to me: the theme song of the old Robin Hood TV series, of course! I leaned across my desk and said (singing), "Do you mean,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen;
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men;
Feared by the ri-i-i-ch! Loved by the p-o-o-o-r!
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin H-o-o-o-d."

There was the briefest silence in the office as she replied, somewhat shakily, eyes wide, "Uhhh, no...."

It was one of my finest pastoral moments in wedding planning.


Beret said...

This is a story I've told many times! You were probably similarily nervous when we sent you our "wedding poem" to get your opinion. I'm enjoying your bjournaling...

Anna said...

I love this story as well. I always like to hear mom's stories about song requests.

See dad, you don't just have four people reading your bournal. And I'm sure there's more that don't respond and just read. So keep it up! Tell mom that it's definitely worthwhile.

Jake said...

When are we gonna hear about all the broken wine glasses, or the ancient artifact hunting, or better yet, the lens-less eyeglasses road trip story! C'mon Dick! Don't hold out on your tens of loyal followers!

Anonymous said...

I can just see you doing this! But I do have to point out, as a child of the same era as you, that the actual lyric is "Feared by the bad, loved by the good". In your version, the hero's name would have had to be Robin War.