♫ Good Morning Starshine ♫

This was the theme song to the popular, controversial play Hair, and it single-handedly propelled the singer, whose legal name was William Oliver Swofford, into superstardom that year. Unfortunately, he was a flash in the pan, although he received enthusiastic audiences for his live performances throughout the 1970s. This song and Jean, which I played a few months ago, are the only two songs he is well-known for.  He ultimately left show business in the 1980s. He got a job in the pharmaceutical industry and also became a husband and father. Tragically, he died of cancer in 2000, at the age of 54.

Good Morning Starshine
Oliver

Good morning starshine
The earth says hello
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good morning starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we singing
Our early morning singing song

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo
Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba
Early morning singing song

Good morning starshine
There’s nothing in the skies
We met in the sunlight
And my lovers eyes
Good morning starshine
So happy to be
My love and me as we singing
Our early morning singing song

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo
Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba
Early morning singing song

Can you hear me singing a song, a love song
Singing a song
Loving a song, laughing a song
Singing a song
Sing the song, song sing, song, song, song, singing
Sing, sing, sing a song

Song, song, song sing, sing, sing, sing a song
Sing, sing, song, sing a song
Yeah, you can sing, sing, sing song, sing a song
Sing, sing, song, sing a song, sing

Songwriters: Galt Mac Dermot / Gerome Ragni / James Rado
Good Morning Starshine lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Jean ♫

Jean is a popular song from the 1969 movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. It was written by the American poet and composer Rod McKuen, who also recorded a version of the song, but I prefer this version by Oliver.  Oliver is William Oliver Swofford, and this song, along with Good Morning Starshine, put him on top of the heap for a short time, but it didn’t last long, and he eventually left the music business, opting for a career as a business manager for a major pharmaceutical company.  Oliver died in 2000 at the age of 55, despite receiving a bone marrow transplant 10 months earlier.

Jean
Oliver
.
Jean, Jean, roses are red
All the leaves have gone green
And the clouds are so low
You can touch them, and so
Come out to the meadow, Jean
.
Jean, Jean, you’re young and alive
Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will, to the top of the hill
Open your arms, bonnie Jean
.
Till the sheep in the valley come home my way
Till the stars fall around me and find me alone
When the sun comes a-singin’ I’ll still be waitin’
.
For Jean, Jean, roses are red
And all of the leaves have gone green
While the hills are ablaze with the moon’s yellow haze
Come into my arms, bonnie Jean
.
(Jean, Jean)
Jean, you’re young and alive!!
Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will to the top of the hill
Come into my arms, bonnie Jean
.
Jean
La-la-la-la
.
Songwriters: Robin Spielberg / Rod Mckuen
Jean lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc