Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Some thoughts on wishing  . . .

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I came across the quotation below when watching Grumpier Old Men again, where it is spoken by Burgess Meredith to Jack Lemmon. 

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It’s actually a quote by author S A Bodeen from her book The Compound:

The following is the exchange from Grumpier Old Men:

John Gustafson:  Pop, I wish you'd try the low-fat bacon.
Grandpa Gustafson:  Well, you can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which gets filled first.

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I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment, I could be you
Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You'd know what a drag it is to see you

- Bob Dylan, Lyric Positively Fourth Street

The song is generally assumed to ridicule Greenwich Village residents who criticised Dylan for his departure from traditional folk styles towards the electric guitar and rock music.

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When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
- Jiminy Cricket, song from the 1940 film Pinocchio, later becoming the signature tune for Disney

The American Film Institute ranked "When You Wish upon a Star" seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History, the highest ranked Disney animated film song, and also one of only four Disney animated film songs to appear on the list, the others being “Some Day My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ranked at nineteenth, “Beauty and the Beast” " from Beauty and the Beast ranked at #62, and “Hakuna Matata” from the Lion King, ranked at #99.

For those interested, the top 10 were:
Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz) 
As Time Goes By (Casablanca) 
Singin’ in the Rain (Singin’ in the Rain) 
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) 
White Christmas (Holiday Inn) 
Mrs Robinson (The Graduate) 
When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinnochio) 
The Way We Were (The Way We Were) 
Stayin’ Alive (Saturday Night Fever) 
The Sound of Music (Sound of Music) 

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