On And On

Blog 1128 – 09.28.28

On And On

I think I loved this song the first time I heard it years ago now. Here are first just the lyrics for you to preview, stop starring at that grass skirt, coconut clad lady.

On And On (As sung by Stephen Bishop)

Down in Jamaica, they got lots of pretty women

Steal your money, then they break your heart

Lonesome Sue, she’s in love with old Sam

Take him from the fire into the frying pan

On and on, she just keeps on trying

And she smiles when she feels like crying

On and on, on and on, on and on


Poor old Jimmy sits alone in the moonlight

Saw his woman kiss another man

So he takes a ladder, steals the stars from the sky

Puts on Sinatra and starts to cry

On and on, he just keeps on trying

And he smiles when he feels like crying

On and on, on and on, on and on

When the first time is the last time

It can make you feel so bad

But if you know it, show it

Hold on tight, don’t let her say goodnight

Got the sun on my shoulders and my toes in the sand

Woman’s left me for some other man

Aw, but I don’t care, I’ll just dream and stay tanned

Toss up my heart and see where it lands

On and on, I just keep on trying

And I smile when I feel like dying

On and on, on and on, on and on

On and on, on and on, on and on

On and on, on and on, on and on


Now my Mockingbird Version:


On And On

I like to use songs as a launching pad for my little “Dave Talks.” Songs open us up to see things we might not otherwise see so easily. One such song is Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce reminding us how we have this finite and fleeting sense of time. But at the same time On And On gives us a sense of how important it is to sometimes just “toss up our heart and see where it lands.”

Short or long if you have not realized it yet the recurring theme of all my “Dave talks” is love – love yourself, love others, love everything – the entire Universe. If you do you will find that another song is true and has always been true – “Love is all around me. It’s everywhere I go…Come on and let it show.” On And On. Sun on our shoulders, toes in the sand, and staying tanned may no longer be politically correct but then some people just don’t have the right latitude of mind. Drinks from coconut shells with colorful paper umbrellas can help with that. Or as the song the Muppets once reprised put so eloquently, “ You put the lime in the coconut. You drinking it all up.” Doctors orders. Coconut shells, all right.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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