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Carina takes it all

Swedish supergroup SAAB at the wedding of John and Carina Persson in April, 1992, with apologies to ABBA  Watch video

Marcel Marceau dreams

to the tune of 'Super Trouper': for those too young to remember, Marceau was the most famous mime artist of the 20th century (actually, the only mime artist anyone outside the genre had ever heard of). John was also a mime

Marcel Marceau dreams are going to blind me
miming like his son,
smiling, having fun,
evangelising with J John.

I was having such a boring time
when you called me last night from Sveden.
All I do is eat and sleep and mime
showbiz glamour is so misleadin'.
So imagine I was glad to hear you're coming
suddenly it seems alright
and it's going to be so different when I'm on the stage tonight.

Tonight the Marcel Marceau dreams are going to blind me
miming like his son,
smiling, having fun,
evangelising with J John.
Tonight the Marcel Marceau dreams are going to blind me
but I won't feel blue
like I always do
cos up here on the stage there's you

Adrian: Well, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Today of course is a great day for Sweden with John and Carina getting married, and of course a Swedish supergroup such as us could not miss the occasion without singing some celebratory songs. But of course not everybody is celebrating today, because John has disappointed many women...and plenty of men. Well, let's be honest, he's disappointed me anyway. So the next song is dedicated to all the girls whom John has disappointed...

Carina takes it all

to the tune of "The winner takes it all": Jo forgot the words in the middle of this song and ad libbed the same line over and over - I can't remember what the original words we wrote were, but this turned out much funnier

I don't want to talk
about things we've gone through
nothing more to say,
no more ace to play,
nothing more to say,
nothing more to say,
nothing more to say,
nothing more to say

Carina takes it all,
the loser standing small.
She's got it now you see
her Perssonality.
Carina's blonde and tall
and I am dark and small.
She's got it now you see
her Perssonality.

Carina takes it all...
 

Dancing C'rine
to the tune of "Dancing Queen" (Carina is, of course, a dancer)

Oo-oo-oo-oooo-oo-oo

You can dance, you can jive,
having the time of your life
see that girl, watch that scene
dig it, Dancing C'rine

Sunday night and the lights are low,
looking out for a church to go
where they play the right music
where they drink the right wine—
why don't you come along?

Anybody can be that guy
hymns are swinging and the arms are high...
where they play the right music
where the band is hot
and the choir is strong
(and the sermon's long) 

and if you get the chance
you can be Dancing C'rine,
squeaky clean, only 17 (??)
Dancing C'rine, feel the beat of the tambourine.
You can dance, you can jive,
having the time of your life
see that girl, watch that scene
dig it, Dancing C'rine

Oo-oo-oo-oooo-oo-oo

And if you get the chance
you can be Dancing C'rine,
squeaky clean, only 27.
Dancing C'rine, hear the creche from behind the screen.
You can dance, you can jive,
having the time of your life
see that girl, watch that scene
dig it, Dancing C'rine.

I had a beard
to the tune of "I have a dream"

I had a beard, it suited me.
I grew it first at 23.
Trying to look macho
can be very hard
prancing round the chancel
in a leotard.
I believe in fairies,
something sweet in everyone you see,
I believe in fairies—
I just don't think they should look like me.
I disappeared
and grew a beard. 

I had a beard, it suited me
to hide my insecurity.
Standing in the footlights
I felt so afraid,
then I got an agent
and now I'm getting paid.
I felt more brave,
I had a shave.
 

Magnolia
to the tune of "Fernando"

My flat is small, Carina,
it really isn't much to call a honeymoon abode.
I lie awake, Carina,
and wonder if you'll mind the way my underwear is stowed
and listen to the cars that race like Nigel Mansell right down Elers Road.

I called the decorator
he recommended something subtle with a hint of peach,
but when I came back later
the colour so dreadful I was wholly lost for speech,
and so I took the whole thing in my own hands
(well as far as I could reach). 

There was something in my hair that night—
not quite white—Magnolia!
It was shining there for me and you
from B&Q—Magnolia!
though I know the woodwork really clashes with the curtains
and if I had to paint it all again I'd do it in Magnolia. 

It's rather cramped, Carina,
it's not the place I'd choose to take the bride I've newly wed—
I did my best, Carina,
I even knocked a cupboard down to fit a double bed
(and one day there's a country house in Oxfordshire we might live in instead).

There was something in my hair that night—
not quite white—Magnolia!
It was shining there for me and you
from B&Q—Magnolia!
Though I know the woodwork really clashes with the curtains
and if I had to paint it all again I'd do it in Magnolia.
Yes if I had to paint it all again I'd do it in Magnolia.

Waterloo
This was sung with the words more or less unchanged from the original, with "John" in place of the "I" of the song.


Performed on April 25, 1992 at the UK reception for the wedding of John Persson to Carina Zetterström (who were married in Sweden on April 11). The event was held in a marquee in the gardens of John's parents (Paul and Ann) at Highmoor Hall, Oxfordshire. John was a mime and physical theatre artist who had been a key member of the group of performers, writers and musicians which frequented St John's, West Ealing the in 1980s and early 1990s, four of whom (Adrian Jones as Bjorn, Jo Whitfield as Frida, Sue Bloomfield as Agnetha and Godfrey Rust as Benny) made up the Swedish super-group SAAB for this occasion. Drums and bass were played by Kevin Thomas and Jonathon Pagden, and horns on 'Waterloo' by Dave "Stig" Fletcher and Tim "Bjorn" Randall.

John met Carina, a dancer, while visiting Sweden to teach mime at a creative mission school, and after they were married they worked professionally together for a time as well (including one collaboration, "Only Wood", with me).  At the time of writing (2013) they have been living for many years in Sweden, now with three teenage daughters.

The subject matter of the songs, silly as they are, was generally factual. 'Magnolia' was inspired by the John's flatmate's account of his efforts to prepare his Elers Road flat, and John confirmed that 'I had a beard' pretty much reflected his reasons for his foray into facial hair. The majority of the adapted lyrics were by me but it was very much a collaborative effort. I remember that Sue Broomfield (now Sue Wylie) came up with the idea and most of the brilliant chorus for 'Magnolia'. 'Carina takes it all' was just one of those perfect lines that falls into your lap from time to time.