Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Post-Modern Meaning

A lot of you may remember the old Dick Van Dyke show on CBS. Those who watched it, loved it. It was one of the greats. You can still view entire episodes on YouTube and other places on the internet.

I found the lyrics, the other day, written by the comic genius, Morey Amsterdam. It struck me as I read them that many churches today could use these words as their theme. I can just see Joel Osteen or Ed Young Jr. walking out on stage and tripping. What a laugh that would bring to their congregations.

What do you think?

(Music by Earle Hagen / Lyrics by Morey Amsterdam)

So you think that you've got troubles?
Well, trouble's a bubble,
So tell old Mr. Trouble to "Get lost!"
Why not hold your head up high and,
Stop cryin', start tryin',
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed.

When you find the joy of livin'
Is lovin' and givin'
You'll be there when the winning dice are tossed.

A smile is just a frown that's turned upside down,
So smile, and that frown will defrost.
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed!


  1. How about this classic? Who can name the source?

    “My icy heart, it’s melting! Suddenly my whole outlook has changed from bad to good. Ah, but will it last? I really am a mean and despicable creature at heart, you know. It’s so difficult to really change!”

    “Difficult? Why look here, changing from bad to good’s as easy as taking your first step!”

    "Put one foot in front of the other; And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor; Put one foot in front of the other; And soon you’ll be walking out the door...

    If I want to change the reflection; I see in the mirror each morn; You mean that it's just my election; To vote for a chance to be reborn"

  2. The classic in question is from Rudolph and the old Winter Wizard.

    And Mr. Eddings,
    Honestly, don't you think these lyrics might run a tad too deep for the Osteen crowd?

  3. @Scott: "A tad too deep for the Osteen crowd." HAHAHAHA

  4. I knew "giving" would be in there somewhere!


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