Heard from the bench #6

“Look at all those handsome fellas!”

No one expresses appreciation for the world around her quite like Mae. That day, it was the sight of three young maintenance men walking by that delighted her.

I looked up from the piano to see the guys, probably all in their mid-20s and clearly embarrassed, smile shyly in Mae’s direction, then hightail it out of the room. An aide who witnessed the scene commented to a co-worker, “Wouldn’t you have liked to know Mae back in the day? I bet she was really something.”

She’s still really something, a live wire who’s always smiling, always quick with a thank you and a compliment. “We’re lovin’ your music, honey,” she tells me often.

Mae’s remark about the “handsome fellas” brought “Standing on the Corner” to mind, from the 1956 Broadway musical The Most Happy Fella. Frank Loesser wrote all the show’s songs—both melodies and lyrics. (He’d done the same in 1950 for Guys and Dolls.)

The Four Lads had a hit recording of “Standing on the Corner” but I prefer the Mills Brothers’ version below.

Substitute guys for girls in the lyrics, and it could be Mae’s theme song:

Standing on a corner watching all the girls go by
Standing on a corner watching all the girls go by
Brother you don’t know a nicer occupation
Matter of fact, neither do I
Than standing on a corner watching all the girls
Watching all the girls, watching all the girls go by.

I’m the cat that got the cream
Haven’t got a girl but I can dream
Haven’t got a girl but I can wish
So I’ll take me down to Main street
And that’s where I select my imaginary dish.

Standing on a corner watching all the girls go by
Standing on a corner giving all the girls the eye
Brother if you’ve got a rich imagination
Give it a whirl, give it a try
Try standing on the corner…

Copyright © 2017 by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey
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One Response to Heard from the bench #6

  1. Jessa says:

    Mae needs a boyfriend 😉

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