Who Cares if Niagara Falls When We are Side by Side?

July 7, 2022

Who Cares if Niagara Falls When We are Side by Side?

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These gulls at the harbor in Pass Christian, Mississippi reminded me of the old jazz standard, Side by Side. They were just sitting, watching, waiting for the storm to roll in or for a boat to pull up to the dock at Kimball’s Seafood and spill a few fishy-smelling goodies while unloading.

Side by side they stood, beaks to the wind.

🎶 “Through all kinds of weather, what if the sky should fall? Just as long as we’re together, it really doesn’t matter at all.” 🎶

Watchful gulls side by side by the dock at Kimball’s Seafood in Pass Christian Harbor

Side by Side Lyrics

Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money
Maybe we're ragged and funny
But we travel along, singin' our song
Side by side

Don't know what's comin' tomorrow
Maybe it's trouble and sorrow
But we travel the road, sharin' our load
Side by side

Through all kinds of weather
What if the sky should fall
Just as long as we're together
It doesn't matter at all

When they've all had their quarrels and parted
We'll be the same as we started
Just travelin' along, singin' our song
Side by side

Through all kinds of weather
What if the sky should fall
Just as long as we're together
It doesn't matter at all

When they've all had their quarrels and parted
We'll be the same as we started
Just travelin' along, singin' our song
Side by side
Side by side
Side by side

Just travelin' along, singin' our song
Side by, side by, side by side

Composer and Lyricist: Harry M. Woods, 1927

My favorite version of this tune, which has been covered by a wide variety of performers from Kay Starr to Ray Charles to Paul Anka to the Osmonds, is the one by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme from their 1960 album, We Got Us. It’s got two extra verses with fun lyrics that I couldn’t find anywhere on Google, so I don’t know who penned them.

Not a care never any to spare
We blow all our troubles just as easy as blowing bubbles
What a care never any to spare
Life is nothing but a fantasy

Who cares if Niagara falls
Who cares if the baby bawls
Who cares if the landlord calls
When we are side by side
Side by side

You can hear their rendition via YouTube below. It’s a fun 2 ½ minutes (if you like this kind of thing). 😁

My Dad played that album at least once or twice every weekend, wearing it out right alongside an eclectic mix of other standards and genres and the other Steve and Eydie album he had, Steve and Eydie Sing the Golden Hits. Good times. All of those songs still make me happy when I hear them. Their version of This Could Be the Start of Something Big takes me over the moon.

Side by Side at Glover Gardens for 14 Years

Speaking of being side by side, we had an anniversary a couple of weeks ago: 14 years.

This was the day our blended family began.

And here we are now.

Our family has grown a bit.

Glover Gardens Family

Side by side.

© Glover Gardens, 2022

 


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