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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Rod McKuen

My sister Ruth Ann, Rod, and Me


Happy Birthday Rod!

Lyrics to 
People On Their Birthday
by Rod Mckuen

People on their birthdays will take a drink or two
and tell you how they won the prize in Nineteen Forty-Two,
some other summer before the swing came down
papa smashed the car up on his way in from the town.

People on their birthdays are fond of looking back
to half remembered yesterdays when things were not so black
wasn’t it something that long-ago July
that’s about the time birthday people start to cry.

Happy Birthday, drink a toast to me
I’m all of ten and goin’ on a hundred twenty-three.

People on their birthdays all live in yesterday
before the kids grew up and went their own ambitious way
wasn’t it something that long-ago July
now birthdays come so often I’ve forgotten how to cry.

Happy Birthday, one more toast to me.
I’m all of ten and goin’ on a hundred twenty-three.

People on their birthdays should have a chocolate cake
and be prepared tomorrow for a memory bellyache
looks like a rainstorm beyond the cloudy sky
say hello this birthday, please don’t say goodbye.
- from the album "Sold Out - Rod McKuen Live at Carnegie Hall", 1969

 Thank you for 59 years of wonderful words and music!

Love, The Shameless Beggar/Jardinami; Iris in your garden
Diane Hoffman

How about a Carnegie Concert next year,
The 10th Anniversary of the 30th Anniversary of the 40th Birthday Concert?

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