Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Full disclosure

My friend Michelle (All Consuming) left a comment on my Neils post that made me think that she thinks that I wrote the poem myself.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

People my age (there are still a few of us around) would recognize “Neils” immediately as the refrain of the song “Smiles” with the word smiles replaced by the word Neils.

“Smiles” was written in 1917 by J. Will Callahan and Lee S. Roberts.

It was recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936. Judy Garland sang it on “Jack Oakie’s College” radio program on April 6, 1937, when she was a teenager, two full years before she uttered the immortal words, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”

Here’s proof (2:30) .

I thought it was a pretty clever thing to do on my part, but I don’t want to mislead any young and impressionable readers like All Consuming.


  1. This post needs a title. Maybe something like "Advising the Innocent" or "Wisdom Ain't Cheap".

  2. "Advising the Innocent" - That's me in a nutshell - innocent. I 'aint done nothing guv (listens for mutterings about spellinks and grandmas), and I know nowt too either or eyether. Much. I did think it was you though rhymes, and there's every chance my shattered image of who I believed you to be will haunt me for the rest of my days. However, being referred to as your friend has helped wipe those tears away, for you are my friend too *beams.

  3. Sally was me by the by, sometimes Blogger logs me in through another email account and I miss it. So...now you know *smiles. I think you may well have guessed that anyway mind.