Urban Legend -- Julie Andrews Aging Favourite Things

[Note that Julie lost the ability to sing in 1997, so she couldn't have sung the following.]
"Will I every completely come to terms with not singing?
I don't know." says the former Mary Poppins.
"I miss it very much indeed."
# but see footnote

See My Favorite Things
for evidence that this is a legend.

To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, 2005, actress/vocalist
Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall
for the benefit of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
One of the musical numbers she performed was

My Favourite Things

Taking the tune from the legendary movie Sound Of Music the lyrics of the song
were deliberately changed for the entertainment of her blue hair audience.

When you read Julie's new rendition it helps to hum the melody at the same time -
a true test of our diminished capacity.

Here are the lyrics she recited:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache,
when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd
that lasted over four minutes, and had repeated encores.


# An update: On the cover of AARP the Magazine,
and singing again in a new movie,
after a very long musical hiatus:

Movies for Grownups -- Julie Andrews