You All Know the
by Oonah V
The pub was
hushed for the final question, twenty tables with
people holding their breath - exchanging
Quiz Master tapped on the mic to make sure it
hadnt gone to sleep between questions.
What was the name, he intoned,
of the man
. he paused,
who wrote the lyri
, he eeked it
all out with a practiced sense of audience
anticipation, to over twenty popular hit
You could hear
a pin drop at this stage in the proceedings. Five
pounds a table, twenty tables it
wasnt the money, it was the principle.
Bears Picnic, Were Going to Hang Out
the Washing on the Siegfried Line, Harbour Lights
and South of the Border.
I know this one, insisted
Murray McGrath. Just give us a
He supped at his
Bud and then went into information
retrieval mode, which basically meant
his eyes glazed over and everybody could see
hed already forgotten what the question was.
Luckily the Quiz Master repeated each question,
as was customary, even more ponderously than
obviously an American song writer,
whispered Vincent OKane. Irving Berlin
one of that lot. Siobhan, youre
Its hardly on a par with
Strawberry Fields or Eleanor
Rigby, now is it? she said, and
if you want my opinion, anybody that had anything
to do with Teddy Bears Picnic deserves to
Aye, and this is going way back
before any of us would remember,
added Jimmy Kennedy. Hes giving the
older folk an unfair advantage.
On the other hand how many of them would
have known Beyonce? said Brian Bagley.
Shushhh you eegit! Tables have ears!
Its on the tip of me
said Murray, emerging from
semi-trance and swilling It
down with another slurp from the bottle.
give you three minutes more, said the QM,
before we collect the sheets.
Another clue! shouted table 14 in
unison followed by a harmonious, surround-sound
ripple of approval.
This person also wrote
Kitty of Coleraine
Siobhan rolled her eyes. Impressive! God,
have you ever heard the like?
Hold the bus a minute why would some
American write a song about Coleraine?
Brian specialised in such insights though he
never knew the answers.
True. He must have been local...
Ive got it! said Murray.
It was that sailsman.
They looked at him daft.
No, it was a ly-ric-ist!, Murray not
a salesman, said Siobhan. Would
somebody get him a brain?
Im telling you, I have it! He was
from Portstewart. Theres that thing
at the seafront about the Red Sails song.
Red Sails in the Sunset! Dear heavens.
Murrays right so he is, said Vincent.
What was his name, now think man!
Im doing me best but it was a really
ordinary name. It was my Grannys
favourite song and I bet even she didnt
know it, it was that ordinary. Like - it
could have been
any one of us!
said the Quiz Master, you all know the
Just write down any old name,
Jimmy. Your own!