Saturday Odds & Sods: Pick Yourself Up

Liberty Leading The People by Eugene Delacroix, 1830.

Guys, I am worn out after a week of wrapping up the DNC. In short, I just don’t have the oomph for the all-out assault on your senses that is a typical Saturday post. It’s also beastly hot here in New Orleans and my mind is still foggy after watching the Trumpvention. In short, the post has been truncated by Trump or some such shit.

I do, however, have a theme song. Since it’s about tenacity and bouncing back, it’s not unlike my party’s Presidential nominee only without the pants suits. Pick Yourself Up was written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields for the 1936 Astaire-Rogers movie, Swing Time. Since I’m feeling lazy, here’s a whole passel of versions beginning with the original.

Dorothy Fields’ lyrics are also reminiscent in spirit to President Obama’s soaring DNC speech. So, why not post them?

Please teacher, teach me something.
Nice teacher, teach me something.
I’m as awkward as a camel.
That’s not the worst.
My two feet haven’t met yet.
But I’ll be teacher’s pet yet,
‘Cause I’m going to learn to dance or burst.

Nothing’s impossible, I have found.
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up, dust myself off,
Start all over again.

Don’t lose your confidence if you slip.
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up; dust yourself off;
Start all over again.

Work like a soul inspired
‘Til the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired,
But you’ll be a man, my son.

Will you remember the famous men
Who had to fall to rise again.
So take a deep breath;
Pick yourself up;
Dust yourself off;
Start all over again.

I’ll get some self assurance
If your endurance is great.
I’ll learn by easy stages
If you’re courageous and wait.

To feel the strength I want to,
I must hang onto your hand.
Maybe by the time I’m fifty,
I’ll get up and do a nifty.

Pick yourself up; dust yourself off;
Start all over again.

That’s it for this minimalist edition of the Saturday post. We close with a Bat-Meme featuring the Democratic Party ticket enjoying the best balloon drop ever:

Balloon drop meme