For the moment contended, as far as can tell,

There's Benedict Christopher Thomas and his yellow Cortina XL

Talking of elegant living, all very Sunday Times

With Holidays out in Bermuda and other sub-tropical climes


But you're getting old, and have I got some news

He's got the "I am not so young executive blues"

​​


Benedict Christopher Thomas is grimly clenching his pipe

Abd jealously guarding his office from a young university type

Oozing Eton, Oxford and influence all over the place -

The word is about that he's on the way outand he's falling behind in the race


And they're coverting his salery and stepping into his shoes

They're borrowing his secretary and knocking back his booze

It's whispered in the corridors and written in the loos

​He's got the "I am not so young executive blues".


The personal managers comfort was "It isn't as bad as it seems. 

We've a quite indispensable taxes-deductible pension redundancy scheme

We don't want to lose you, but we think you ought to go -

"Crediblity gap" - "slice of the cakje" and "a crack of the whip", you know


Sp he's selling his freehold in Ruislip and moving to Frinton on Sea

And Amersham is a world away from Mary the practical wife

And Benedict Christopher Thomas remembers the best of his life


That's the way it is today: if you don't win you lose

And get the "I am not so young executive blues"


So when the company calls you, it's safer to refuse

Than get the "I am not so young executive blues" 

 









A

Amanda (1969) 





Amanda., I'll meet you on the verandah

Where we can huddle and cuddle and honey kiss the night away

I'll leave Vanessa even though she  may press her charms upon me

Amanda, with you I want to stay

I'll leave Maria and Miranda, Jennifer and Anna

They were just one of those things

Itwas something to do on a rainy evening

Hey Ring-a-ding-ding

And what's more, baby, I'm not taking no maybe any more

Amanda, with you I want to stay

I'll leave Maria and Miranda, Jennifer and Anna
They were just ships in the night
Itwas something to do on a rainy evening
We just got ot get it right

And what's more, baby, I'm not taking no maybe any more
Amanda, with you I want to stay


This song was written for Amanda, a member of the cast of the Peter Levis musical "One Special Night". It was the first tune that John Finch and Chris Hartley played in the first configuration of Green Ginger.


Amanda (V2) (1971)

An extended version of "Amanda" written some years later. It was inspired by the lyrics of Noel Coward. I manged to sneak a reference to "Amanda Jane Philpott", the original inspiration for the song.

  

As innocent as the driven snow was sweet Amanda Jane

And as we they walked her home from school the boys sang this refrain


Amanda., I'll meet you on the verandah
Where we can huddle and cuddle and honey, kiss the night away
I'll leave Vanessa even though she  may press her charms upon me
Amanda, with you I want to stay
I'll leave Maria and Miranda, Jennifer and Anna
They were just one of those things
Itwas something to do on a rainy evening
Hey Ring-a-ding-ding
And what's more, baby, I'm not taking no maybe any more
Amanda, with you I want to stay


A dozen years had come and gone, Amanda was full grown

And with the passing time her innocence had blown

And there was Mandy sipping a lemonade shandy

With Randy Andy down by her side

He said "Amanda , won't you give me your hand, a-married we'll be

We'll search the world far and side.

I'll see you smile at the sphinx and the Nile

Mandy, you're my Sandy Lodge girl.

We'll visit Borneo and China and nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina, they say.

And Amanda Jane I hope you feel the same way?"

But Amanda required a man to understand her

And she'd an infinitely grander proposition in view

For she knew Arabian Princes and men in blue rinses

(But they only casme to talk)

And she'd been on the town with Alcock and Brown

And ended up in New York

And mandy, kept a minister handy

Senile but very randy and always willing to play

He was esthetic, some might even say magnetic

But so grossly un-athletic that it just wouldn't do


And when it was all over and Gabriel's horn had blown

As she lay dead her tombstone read

"Alone"

Amanda, I'll mete you on that verandah up in the sky

Amanda, with you I want to stay, all night and day

Amanda, with you I want to stay.



Beautiful Lady (1969)  






I took one look at you,

That's all I needed to do

And I thought you were the most beautiful lady

The most beautiful lady of all


I held you in my arms

I didn't mean you no harm

And I thought you were the most beautiful lady
The most beautiful lady of all


And from my window I'd look and say

"Are you feeling good today?"


And then I'd look and see

the way you're looking at me

And I thought you were the most beautiful lady

The most beautiful lady of all


​I take one look at you,

That's all I really need to do

And I think you are the most beautiful lady

The most beautiful lady of all




Benedict Christopher Thomas  (1972)





























C

Can't get You Out of My Mind (Robinson)

Close Your Eyes and Count To Ten

Cold Unfriendly Way

Councillor McCafferty  (Robinson)

Coward's Lullaby  (Robinson)


D

Dallas Rag

Death and Mary Stapleton (Robinson)

Dream, The (Robinson - Cowie - Grandi)  Rec Green Ginger Trio LP 1968

Dutchman, The


E

Elaine (Robinson)

Erroll Flynn

Evenings This Way  (Robinson)


F


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Benedict Christopher Thomas, fumbling his way through the firm

And never fulfilling the promise he showed in his brillaint probationary term .

The bosses detect his sad lapses and the clients are starting to guess

Everyone knows! Only Mary regards him as quite a success


She's waiting for Chris' promotion - it's surely the least he deserves

While she's polishing windows and tables and bottling jams and preserves

And Mary would likes living somewhere, just a little bit grander than here

Cos a semi-detached in West Ruislip surely is something to fear 


​\And its greener out in Rickmansworth and Amersham's a must

But if we could it's Chorley Wood or Bust!



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