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.” 🎶
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.
Side by side.
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