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"One day I will meet you in Geneva"

vendredi 3 juin 2016   (5 Comments)
Posted by: Eoghan O'Sullivan (Alumni Office)
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An interesting file dropped into my inbox a few weeks ago courtesy of Manuel Araoz (LGB '67). It's an audio recording dating back to the 1980s  complete with genuine cassette hiss  of a song written and recorded at that time by Manny's Ecolint classmate Jim Frank.

It seems that Jim, who went on from Ecolint to have a successful career as a professional drummer, offered a service whereby he would write and record songs to order for specific occasions. In this case Linus Pauling (LGB '69) commissioned him to write a song dedicated to Ecolint in the late 60s. It was originally intended for a specific party but, as Linus told us, "events took over and the song was never used".

The song is not widely known among alumni, but Jim has given us permission to share it online. The complete lyrics are below. The video created simply to give some pictorial accompaniment to the music features photos and pages from the LGB '67 Yearbook.

Thanks to Jim for writing this gem, to Linus for commissioning it, and to Manny for passing it on. Enjoy!

 

 

Geneva Jim Frank

One day I will meet you in Geneva,
Got to see some good friends of mine,
Got to get myself back to Geneva,
Even if it takes my whole lifetime.
Meet you in the Old Town in the afternoon,
Turn that jukebox up, that’s Purple Haze,
Here comes Manny in the cosmos.

One day I will meet you in Geneva,
And watch the French side girls walk on by,
Here comes Rita, here comes Eva,
They don’t notice us, we wonder why.
Hot dogs on Thursday in the Grange-Canal,
Here comes Cengiz up the Route de Chêne,
Look out, here come those Mother Bears again.

Oh take me back, take me back,
To the city that I love, with the jet d’eau high above,
Just drop me off at the Café de Paris with Said Saidi next to me.

One day I’ll meet you in Geneva,
Chikara, Linus and Mr Garstang,
We can all go jogging in Geneva,
What’s a little fun without the pain?
I’ll go to the top floor and I’ll find my room again,
And make-believe I never had to leave,
Here comes Jeff Goodwin, lights out again.

Oh take me back, take me back,
To the city that I love, with the jet d’eau high above,
Just drop me off at the Café de Paris with Said Saidi next to me.

One day I’ll meet you in Geneva…
Meet you in the Old Town for the afternoon,
We can find our secret hideaway,
Uh-oh, here comes Madame Briquet!

Oh take me back, take me back,
To the city that I love, with the jet d’eau high above,
Just drop me off at the Café de Paris with Said Saidi next to me.

Oh take me back,
Just drop me off,
Oh take me back,
Just drop me off.

 


 

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Comments...

Eric Wong S H says...
Posted jeudi 9 juin 2016
Thanks. All a sudden, some of those familiar faces in the yearbook comes back to me.
Zafar Shaheed says...
Posted jeudi 9 juin 2016
Good for you, Jeff. What a sport! Now, if all authority figures and power-holders were as flexible and tolerant as you, there would be no role for any street-fighting man...Cheers, good folks, one and all, and may the musicians among us keep us dancing under the stars.PS Jim reminds us of Said Saidi - what a fellow! More individualist and marching to one's own tune is difficult to imagine. God bless his soul and his widow Nancy...PPS The jogging and its pain refers I imagine to the cross-country race where Manny, JIm and a few others performed the feat of turning up at the end of the race with a hospital bed on wheels! Talk about merry pranksters...
Roger Murray says...
Posted mardi 7 juin 2016
This is pure magic to those of us who were at Ecolint in the mid to late 1960s! It name checks a lot of our friends and the backdrop of photos from the 1967 Yearbook (when I graduated) gives it an extra dimension. Jimmy Frank- a great guy and musician- thanks to Linus and to Manny for making it available.
Paulette Archer says...
Posted samedi 4 juin 2016
Great song Jim, and thanks for sharing Manny!
John J. Goodwin says...
Posted vendredi 3 juin 2016
Love it, even though I get the role of Narc (a side effect of having been head prefect).

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