We’ve had the roofers in and when I took them a cup of tea mid-morning I found myself singing an old Drifter’s hit – ‘Up on the roof!’ I think they’d heard it before as they raised their eyes to the sky although they may have been checking for rain. I was amazed that despite the rough-looking state of the cedar-wood shingles, there were a few more years life there, however ‘a stitch in time saves a Drifter-esque rhyme’…
When this old world starts getting you down,
And buckets are just too much for me to face,
I climb way up to the top of the stairs,
And all my cares drip right into place!
On the roof it’s slippery as can be,
And you can slide right off the edge you see!
Let me tell you now,
When I’m in plaster from my head to feet,
I know my life is now good and complete!
(Up on the roof)
I lie in the ward feeling bruised and proud,
I can’t feel my hands, nor my feet
On the roof,
There is only one place that I know,
Where you just have to slip to make it so!
Let’s go up on the roof
Up on the roof…
With massive apologies to Gerry Goffin and Carole King. My only defence being that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Full song available on u-tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F_opWg9_qI
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