Published on Jul 11, 2008
Rolf Harris and his Sun Arise is a well
loved song from my youth. So in the slide show there are images of the sun rising ... Rolf ... a few Australian animals and of course, some of Rolfies fantastic art ... though there is a Monet popped in there.
Apparently the Kangaroo Paws that Rolf mentions in the third verse are flowers native to Australia not as I pictured the paws of Kangaroos.
They can be seen on this site http://www.anbg.gov.au/anigozanthos/
Thank you ronnie758day for educating me :~)
Rolf has had a long career on tv mostly BBC. He had his own The Rolf Harris Show on BBC in 1967, and through the 70's and early 80's when he had Rolf on Saturday OK? Between 88 and 92 he presented Rolf's Cartoon Club, a children's show which combined Harris' love of art with showings of kids cartoons. The show also gave out tips to children.
He had a Christmas Number One single titled "Two Little Boys" in 1969
He was also commissioned to paint a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II for her 80th birthday, which was unveiled by Rolf Harris on 19 December 2005 at Buckingham Palace.
In 1959 he recorded his hit "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport". The song was recorded on a single microphone placed above him in the TV studio. The song was sent to record company EMI in Sydney and it was soon released. The song was originally titled "Kangalypso" and featured the distinctive sound of the "wobble board" In 2006 Rolf expressed his regret about the original lyrics
Rolf sang "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" (with The Beatles singing backing vocals) in the first edition of the From Us To You BBC radio shows, in December, 1963
Rolf went on to use an array of unusual instruments in his music, including the didgeridoo (the sound of which was imitated on "Sun Arise" by four double basses), Jew's harp and, later, the stylophone. Harris has played the didgeridoo on two albums by English pop singer Kate Bush, 1982's The Dreaming and 2005's Aerial. His biggest hit, however, was a gimmick-free rendering of the sentimental song "Two Little Boys" (1969), a departure for him in that he usually recorded either his own compositions or traditional songs. Rolf also created one of his most famous roles in the 1960s, Jake the Peg.
Here are Rolf's Lyrics
Sun arise, she bring in the morning.
Sun arise, bring in the morning, fluttering her skirts all around.
Sun arise, she come with the dawning.
Sun arise, come with the dawning, spreading all the light all around.
Sun arise, on the kangaroo paw.
Sun arise, on the kangaroo paw, glistening the dew all around.
Sun arise, filling all the hollows,
Sun arise, filling all the hollows, lighting up the hills all around.
Sun arise, come with the dawning,
Sun arise, she come every day.
Sun arise, bring in the morning,
Sun arise, every, every, every, every, day.
She drive away the darkness, every day,
Drive away the darkness,
Bringing back the warmth to the ground.
Sun arise, oh, oh,
Sun arise, oh, oh,
Spreading all the light all around...
Sun arise, bring in the morning.
Sun arise, bring in the morning, spreading all the light all around.