I’ve seen the movie The Sound Of Music probably, oh, I’d say at least 50 times. I actually remember the first time it was ever shown on network television – I was 11, and in the days when VCRs were a rarity, it was a really, really big deal in my house. I got to stay up late and watch…most of it, before I passed out on the couch.
Since then I’ve watched it pretty much every year at Christmas time, often two or three times over.
Discuss: Why is The Sound of Music considered a Christmas film?
This past week we watched it with the kids and they really liked it. It was surprisingly good at raising our spirits. No matter how sick we got, we all managed to tap our feet when The Lonely Goatherd came on.
Discuss: The Lonely Goatherd is the best song in The Sound of Music.
Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about in this post is the song So Long, Farewell. That’s the one that the kids sing as their goodbye to the guests at the big party. Each kid gets a little goodbye solo. The fourth solo belongs to the younger boy, Kurt:
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye
I leave, and heave a sigh, and say goodbye
At the end there he hits a high, clear note.
I SWEAR that when I watched this movie on TV as a kid, the father said, “Cheeky!” at this point. However, our DVD does not have the father saying that.
Am I the only one who remembers this? In university, my friend BarkyShark and I used to sing this song on occasion, and at this point in the song, we would both look at each other say, “CHEEKY!” Then we’d collapse into giggles. Ah, university, such a beacon of somber, serious thought. Anyway, I assumed she was remembering the same thing I was, and we were laughing at our amazing ability to so closely mimic Christopher Plummer. But maybe she was laughing because she had absolutely no idea why I always busted out with CHEEKY at that moment?
And she really thinks I’m totally insane?
And perhaps, it’s true, or else I have some form of childhood Alzheimers?
The missing “Cheeky.” It’s surely one of life’s great mysteries.