What Do The Simple Folk Do?

Blog 1001 – 05.21.2018

What Do The Simple Folk Do?

I have sung this song and the rest of the sound track to the 1967 movie Camelot for the better part of these last fifty years. You’d think with all that practice that I might do a better job. Alas, even practice and performance can only do so much. What I lack in style and voice I hope to make up in feeling for that is what simple folk do to help them escape when they’re blue: They whistle, they sing, and they dance.

“What else do the simple folk do?

They must have a system or two

They obviously outshine us at turning tears to mirth

Have tricks a royal highness is minus from birth.

What, then, I wonder, do they

To chase all the goblins away

They have some tribal sorcery you haven’t mentioned yet

Oh, what do simple folk do to forget?”

Judy Garland sang, “Forget your troubles, come on, get happy.” One of the ways we simple folk do that is, same as throne folk, we imagine how the folk on the other side of the fence do it. Even in a country like the U.S.A. that fought a protracted and “bloody” war (Brit expression that) to free us from our royal overlords we are still fascinated by their highnesses and their pomp and circumstance. The news coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding was quite exhaustive and exhausting. But many of the “simple folk” and the not so simple as well were delightfully distracted from their cares if only momentarily.

I, myself, am not a great fan of weddings, funerals, or sports for that matter, but I am a lover of books, movies, and songs. And when a friend asked if I watched the wedding I remarked that for the last week or so I had been a bit preoccupied by another Royal Couple, Arthur and Jenny and also their dear friend Lance. There is a wedding in the movie and a couple of honeymoons. It was made in the nineteen sixties. What do you expect? But then costly “free love” has been around since in memoriam. “That’s what simple folks do. I have it on the best authority.”


Your friend and fellow traveler,

Proponent of a tax on Love none of which to be used for war.

David White

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