Wednesday, 26 June 2013


In which I extract the poetry hidden in some favourite popular music. Can you identify the song?

I recently acquired a new coffee machine which enables me to indulge in my favourite hot drink even more than before. Perhaps it is my love of coffee which led me to like this song.

January 9th 2000. A date which is imprinted on my mind. My mother had been dying in hospital for several weeks but was determined to make it into the new millennium.  Her wish was granted. 

On this day, I was sitting by her bedside as she drifted in and out of sleep because of the strong painkillers which she needed. Once she looked at me, smiled and then whispered 'I love you'.

A little later, a short while before she slipped away,  she started to sing, her eyes remaining closed. This was what she sang:

I love coffee, I love tea 
I love the Java Jive and it loves me 
Coffee and tea and the java and me 
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup.

Recognise it? It's called 'Java Jive' and was a big hit for The Inkspots in 1940. It has also since been revived by Manhattan Transfer - music by Ben Oakland and the lyrics written by Milton Drake.

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