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A song for Johnny Barnes

Dear Sir,

With Johnny Barnes celebrating his 93rd birthday today, it is appropriate to revisit a song I wrote for him in September last year, titled Love At The Roundabout.

There’s love @ the roundabout; talkin’ ‘bout the north one not the south

There’s love @ the roundabout, where Johnny gives his love out

Through the week from six til ten, you can count on Johnny then

He’ll be in his special place; I guarantee his friendly face

Johnny gives his love for free; he’s a big celebrity!

He’s got a special phrase for me! Come on down and see.

Chorus

He says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love ya”; he says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love ya”

He says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love ya”; he says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love you”

Hamilton’s a magic town; from Crow Lane, take East Broadway down

Here you can present your cause; to vehicular applause! (Beep beep!)

All that love goes roundabout; goes into town and then goes out

Round de corner, down de lane; east and west and back again

Chorus

It says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love ya”; it says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love ya”

It says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love ya”; it says “I love ya”; “I’ll always love you”

What’s in it for Johnny B? Brotherly love for you and me

Bermuda’s such a special place, with Johnny and his smilin’ face

We’ve been blessed for 30 years; he’s given us a lot of cheer

Now it’s you I want to hear, as he celebrates another year!

Chorus

“Johnny, we love ya”; “We’ll always love ya”; “Johnny, we love ya”; “We’ll always love ya”

“Johnny, we love ya”; “We’ll always love ya”; “Johnny, we love ya”; “We’ll always love you”

There’s love @ the roundabout; starts central and it filters out

There’s love @ the roundabout, where Johnny gives his love out

Double Chorus

VAL SHERWOOD

Much-loved well-wisher: Johnny Barnes waves from the Crow Lane roundabout on his birthday two years ago