ChatterBank0 min ago
Busy Doing Nothing
Does anyone remember an ad in the 80s for Ladybird children's clothes with a song that sounded as if it was from a Disney film? The words were "We're busy doing nothing/working the whole day through/trying to find lots of things not to do". I've never come across this song since but it's one that springs to mind regularly and I'd love to find it!
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I've found a version by Peter & the Test Tube Babies
Busy Doing Nothing
We're busy doing nothing, working all day through,
we're trying to find lots of things not to do.
We're busy going nowhere, isn't it such a crime ?
we'd like to be unhappy but we never do have the time.
I have to watch the river to see that it doesn't stop,
and stick around the rosebuds so they'll know when to pop.
Better keep those crickets cheerful,they're really a solemn bunch,
farso, farso. I never have the time for lunch.
I'd like to meet a turtle, and teach him how to swim,
then I have to shine the dew-drops, they're looking rather dim.
Meet my friend the robin and buy him a brand new vest.
Farso, farso, I never have time to rest.
My grandmother came to see that performance and in the years in between she�s often sung it back to me. She died at the end of 2005 a month after I became a father. They never got to meet each other. However since my little boy has started sittting in my lap while I �puter I have begun singing my half remembered version to him.
The film was quoted (UK- "A Yankee in King Arthurs Court) and it was sung by Bing Crosby, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix. (The original "Last of the Summer Wine " trio!)
It's now being used by MacDonalds - a complete lie, unfortunately!