Gracie Fields: “When you cross the road by day or night…”

These are words that are as engraved in my mind as the address of my first home where I grew up.

When you cross the road by day or night
Beware of the dangers that loom in sight
Look to the left and look to the right
And you’ll never never get run over.

This was played by Bruce Smith on CBC radio every morning around 8:30 which was my signal to leave for school with plenty of time to get there on time. Did not want to be late! And no doubt I was very much “working class” as noted in the vid but I hardly even now feel I was being “patronised”. My mother would make me a bowl of Campbell’s soup – usually vegetable – and then I would head off to school as the song was played. No doubt the timing was designed so that no one would ever be late for school if they left just then. Astonishing to come across the video of the record being played – on an old 78 rpm, which virtually no one would today would even know what it is. Amazing how fast the side played through to the end.

I looked for it because a friend of mine has just been knocked over by a car. He’s quite all right thankfully, but it is astonishing to find this which I may not have listened to for well over sixty years. Wasn’t as strange to us as it seems to be to the chap who did the video. Good advice and more necessary than ever to keep it in mind, even after the approximately half a million roads I have probably crossed already during my lifetime so far.

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