My wife Lynne, an avid reader, is near the end of an Ernie Wise biography. The Morecambe and Wise comedy team were to my mind the funniest of the 20th Century, and their laughs were created without smut, without bad manners.
Lynne typically reads for about an hour each night before turning the light off and going to sleep. Last night she reached the part where Eric and Ernie are finally separated by Eric’s death and read how at his funeral a devastated Ernie, after many wonderful eulogies, simply recited the lyrics from their famous song “Bring me Sunshine”.
Lynne didn’t sleep too well, and just like the congregation at Eric’s funeral, she wept.
The song goes like this:
Bring me Sunshine, in your smile,
Bring me Laughter, all the while,
In this world where we live,
there should be more happiness,
So much joy you can give,
to each brand new bright tomorrow,
Make me happy, through the years,
Never bring me, any tears,
Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above,
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine,
bring me love.
Bring me Sunshine, in your eyes,
Bring me rainbows, from the skies,
Life’s too short to be spent having any
thing but fun,
We can be so content, if we gather little sunbeams,
Be light-hearted, all day long,
Keep me singing, happy songs,
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above,
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.
Words – Sylvia Dee, Music – Arthur Kent
I copy a video of the ending of one of their TV shows above. Both Eric and Ernie are now dead (1984 and 1999), but their humour lives on. At the end of every TV show you will remember that an unknown and rather large lady (Janet Webb) appeared behind the pair, walked to the front of the stage and pushed them out of her way. She would then announce to the audience “I’d like to thank you for watching me and my little show here tonight. If you’ve enjoyed it then it’s all been worthwhile. So until we meet again, goodnight, and I love you all!”
Webb was never announced, and seldom appeared in their shows in any other role.