In all of my complaining last night, I left out one very important thing. After we landed, when we were standing outside in the cold, I decided to listen to the messages left on my cell phone. There was only one. It must have come in when we were in flight. There was no speaking, no “hey, Mark… blah, blah, blah,” just music. And, it only took me few seconds to place it. It was a song from episode 48 of Gilligan’s Island, “Don’t Bug the Mosquitoes.” The song was the one performed by Mary Ann, Ginger and Mrs. Howell, as “The Honey Bees.” And, here, in case you don’t know them by heart already, are the words.
ALL: You need us / You need us / Like a clam needs a shell / Like a prisoner needs a cell / Like a ding-dong… needs a bell / You need us.
GINGER: You need me / You need me / Like a picture needs a star / Like a golfer needs a par / Like teenagers…mm mm… need a car / You need me
MARY ANN: You need me / You need me / Like a baby needs a toy / Like Hawaiians need their poi / Like a girly… needs a boy / You need me
MRS HOWELL: You need a me / You need me / Like a diamond needs a ring / Like a harp needs a string / Like a Queen… needs a King / You need me
ALL: You need us / You need us / Like a Bee needs it’s Buzz / Like a Peach needs it’s fuzz / So that’s why… you need… you need us / Bzzzzzzzzzzz
I could have easily checked to see what number the call came from, but I liked the fact that it was anonymous, and I didn’t want to know. Sure, it was probably sent by a stalker (the lyrics would lend themselves to such a use quite easily), but I’d prefer to think that it was sent by someone who shares my opinion that this is one of the best songs ever written for an American sitcom. (It really is good.)
If someone knows where I could find a Quicktime video of the song, let me know. Now that I’ve heard it, I’d really like to see it.
So, last night was not without its bright moments. Hearing this song by “The Honey Bees,” while stomping around in the cold, waiting for the bus, made it almost bearable… It was much appreciated.