If SOTA had an anthem this is it...

Very sad day with Johnny Nash passing away today. This has to be the Ultimate SOTA song and every time I hear it makes me think its SOTA time.

73

John VK6NU

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Ah, too bad! That’s about 3 in the last week or so, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, too.
But the song says it all !

73
John, K6YK

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And yesterday Eddie Van Halen, after a 10 year fight with throat cancer.

73
Howard, KE6MAK

John -
With all due respect to Johnny Nash and his wonderful song, Ivor Cutler and his song “Little Black Buzzer” has already been deemed most appropriate to represent SOTA…can’t imagine anything better.

73, Etienne-K7ATN

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It took me a while to adapt to his QSD but I think he says: ‘here I am’ - very nice!

73, Roman

I’ve heard worse on the bands :rofl:

Having learned CW (presumably during his short time as a navigator in the RAF during WW2) Ivor Cutler knew what he was aiming at… unlike some of the producers of cover versions, who presumably being totally unaware of the whole premise of the song reduce the spoken CW to a meaningless string of La-La’s :frowning:

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I like the bit from Wikipedia “He joined the Royal Air Force as a navigator in 1942 but was soon grounded for ‘"dreaminess’”. Yes because in 1942 if you were a dreamy navigator you were certainly not going to become an old navigator!

The actual piece is dire though, there isn’t sufficient mind-bleach available to ever eradicate the memory of hearing even just a small part of such a horn-dirge.

Many didn’t. The losses were terrible. 125,000 aircrew were trained in Bomber Command, 55,000 died.

I keep trying to convince the XYL that a good SOTA song, or at least a good song for an amateur in love, is Golden Earring’s “Radar Love”:

"When she is lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable coming in from above
Don’t need no phone at all

“We’ve got a thing that’s called radar love
We’ve got a wave in the air
Radar love”

73 to all you radar lovers,
Scott WB8ICQ

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The words don’t need to be relevant, if the song has the right rhythm and tempo it will boost you along nicely. One that helps me is “I am the Walrus” by the Beatles, just don’t try and make sense of the words, that way lies a headache!
“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together…”

Why not LvB:

73 Armin

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Ivor Cutler and his song “Little Black Buzzer” has already been deemed
most appropriate to represent SOTA…can’t imagine anything better.

“… damn, the battery is gone”
So true!

73 de Martin /HB9GVW

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