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Mel Green: Songs & Lyrics

Rosie's Singalong

(by Mel Green© 2009 Mel Green, MelGreen Publishing, BMI)
July 1, 2009
Mel Green

I’ve always wanted to write a song about the halcyon days of my childhood...
and so, this song came out of an assignment at one of the great Bob Franke’s song writing clinics.
The process stirred up many precious memories,
as well as discovering treasures in my huge family’s photo albums.
This song is dedicated with love to my late parents, especially my mother, Rose,
for encouraging my appreciation of music, song, the joy of singing,
and to my own sons, Seth and Jesse, who I sang to sleep many times.

I’m hopping down a sunny street
Kick-ing pebbles in my way
A carriage pushed by Mom and me
Babies lying in its shade

Late on Sunday afternoons

Steaming from my bath

Wrapped in my blue dressing gown

A church goes singing past


In summer time we take a trip

By steam train to the sea

We leave home in the afternoon

My brothers, Mom and me


My cousins, aunts and uncles smile

The train steams and stops and hisses

We jump down on the platform

For more smiles and hugs and kisses


We’re going to stay at Grannie’s place

In her kitchen in the sun

I love to see her smiling face

Cooking soup and meat and buns

She sang about the Mockingbirds

Rose sang Side by Side

She’d sing The Great Pretender

Sometimes she’d sing and cry...


Mom took us on Sunday drives

To the lake and to the zoo

Windows wound down open wide,
Rosie sang 
the whole way through


I’d ride on daddy’s shoulders, broth-

-er’s holding mommy’s hands

Lions draped on boulders

Ice cream melting in the sand


On Sundays in the summertime,

too hot to stay inside

We’d pile into our car, And to...

... my cousin’s house we’d drive


She’d sing the Unchained Melody

Ghost Riders In the Sky

She’d sing about Old Lonesome Me

Rosie would sing and cry


So when I put my boys to bed

In darkness sing my song

I hear her singing in my head

It’s Rosie’s singalong