Mudcat Café message #426540 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: pattyClink
27-Mar-01 - 10:54 AM
Thread Name: Songs about retirement / for a retirement party
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
Another tack that would work if you or a colleague can do parodies: take the honoree's favorite song and write new lyrics. I came up with a fractured but tender spin on "GENTLE ANNIE" for my sister when she turned 50, it was much appreciated. Had lines like "so congratulations to you, don't let barnacles unglue you, make your next 50 be hearty and be hale".

We had a man leave our office after many years for something better; for him, we turned 'MY WAY' into "Ware's Way" and wove in typical, funny things he would do. Framed the lyrics as a memento. I think he took it well, and it gave the party a great focus and a lot of laughs.