Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sh-Sh-Sh-Sherpa, Beautiful Sherpa

Sherpa, CH Deep Acres Autumn Splendor

Today is my boy's, Sherpa's, 18-month birthday. He lives in the state of Connecticut where, apparently, dogs are allowed on the dining room table.

I so want to live in Connecticut.

Instead of singing that tired old birthday song, won't you join me in a round of Sh-Sh-Sh-Sherpa, Beautiful Sherpa (sung to the tune of K-K-K-Katy, Beautiful Katy). I'm sure you know this old ditty.

"K-K-K-Katy" was a popular World War I-era song written by Geoffrey O'Hara in 1917 and published in 1918. The sheet music advertised it as "The Sensational Stammering Song Success Sung by the Soldiers and Sailors," reflecting a time when speech impediments could be poked fun at—albeit gentle fun in this case. The song tells the story of Jimmy, a young soldier "brave and bold," who stuttered when he tried to speak to girls. Finally he managed to talk to Katy, the "maid with hair of gold."

Sh-Sh-Sh-Sherpa, Beautiful Sherpa
You're the only b-b-b-boy that I adore
When the m-moon shines over the cowshed,
I will meet you at the k-k-k-kitchen door