Jimmy Kennedy

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Jimmy Kennedy OBE (20 July 19026 April 1984) was an Irish songwriter.

Song lyrics[edit]

  • Let's all sing the barmaid's song,
    Time gentlemen, please.
    Every night we hear this refrain,
    Every night at 11 o'clock
    We hear it once again!
    • Song The Barmaid's Song
  • Time to fly away,
    Gentlemen, please.
    Fly away into the abyss,
    Every night at 9 o'clock
    We fly into the night once again!
    • Song Flying in the Night
  • She was sweet as a rose at the dawning,
    But somehow fate hadn't meant her for me;
    Though I sailed with the tide in the morning,
    Still my heart's on the Isle of Capri.
  • If you go down in the woods today
    You're sure of a big surprise.
    If you go down in the woods today
    You'd better go in disguise.
    For ev'ry bear that ever there was
    Will gather there for certain, because
    Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.
  • My prayer is to linger with you
    At the end of the day in a dream that's divine;
    My prayer is a rapture in blue
    With the world far away and your lips close to mine.
  • This sad reality, To know it couldn't be,
    That's Portugal and love in April!
    The music and the wine convinced me you were mine,
    But it was just the spring fooling me.
  • South of the border, down Mexico way.
    That's where I fell in love where stars above, came out to play.
    And now as I wonder, my thoughts ever stray
    South of the border, down Mexico way.
  • How could I help if tears were starting?
    Goodbye to tender nights beside the silv'ry sea.
    I longed to hold you near and kiss you just once more,
    But you were on the ship and I was on the shore.
  • Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.
    Why they changed it I can't say;
    People just liked it better that way.
    Istanbul was Constantinople
    Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
    Been a long time gone, Constantinople
    Why did Constantinople get the works?
    That's nobody's business but the Turks!


  • You put your right arm in,
    Your right arm out
    In, out, in, out and shake it all about.
    You do the hokey cokey and you turn around,
    And that's what it's all about.
    • Song The Hokey Cokey (actually by Al Tabor).

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