Count To A Million Thread!


There’s an old man sittin’ next to me

[Actually, I know the song quite well, having done it at karaoke, many times, with at least one girl I was dating in real life. But of course, we were acting, like Meat Loaf does with Karla De Vito in the video. But I never read the lyrics like we had to do for this. The Phil Rizzuto commentary continues to be priceless though, and my girlfriend and I had a lot of fun with that.]


Makin’ love to his tonic and gin.

[Finally, a song that I actually like, with lyrics that make sense on their own.]


He says, "Son, can you play me a memory?

[It came on my car radio yesterday, and I remember thinking, “That would be a good one for Count to a Million.”]


I’m not really sure how it goes

[We can’t do the stuff I hear on my car radio.]


But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete

[I’m afraid to ask what you hear on your car radio.]


When I wore a younger man’s clothes.

[I haven’t listened to music on my car radio in years. Thank Zeus for iTunes.]


La, la, la, di, dee, da…

[or the all-oldies-all-the-time station in my area]



La, la, di, dee, da, da, dum

[It’s the seventies satellite radio channel in my car. Or the sixties or eighties channel.]


Sing us a song, you’re the piano man

[I only listen to a classical music station in the car. Not much with lyrics.]


Sing us a song tonight

[Sounds like we might do the final chorale of Beethoven’s Ninth, or the final movement of Handel’s Messiah.]


Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody

[How 'bout an entire opera?:crazy_face:]


And you got us feeling’ alright.

[Heck, we could do the entire Ring Cycle and still be barely started.]


Now John at the bar is a friend of mine

[We tried “The Song of Hiawatha,” but that one was just too long.]


He gets me my drinks for free

[Let’s just stick with songs.]


And he’s quick with a joke or to light up your smoke


But there’s some place that he’d rather be


He says, “Bill, I believe this is killing me”


As the smile ran away from his face