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Thanks to Patrick for sharing his
beautiful flowers with us.
A TOUCH OF HOME - PATRICK'S GARDENS
In a Fan's Site Question and Answer session on August 25, 2005,
Patrick was asked if there is one particular song or performance
that reminds him of his home in England. Patrick answered that
there is - "English Rose" from "Merrie England" . A look at the
lyrics of "English Rose" in combination with pictures of Patrick's
lovely gardens (thank you, Patrick) makes it obvious why that is.
ENGLISH ROSE
No matter where I roam
I will come back to my english rose
For no bonds can ever tempt me from she
Iíve sailed the seven seas,
Flown the whole blue sky.
But Iíve returned with haste to where my
Love does lie.
No matter where I go I will come back
to my english rose
For nothing can ever tempt me from she.
Iíve searched the secret mists -
Iíve climbed the highest peaks
Caught the wild wind home to hear her soft voice speak
To hear her soft voice speak
No matter where I roam
I will return to my english rose
For no bonds can ever keep me from she.
Iíve been to ancient worlds
Iíve scoured the whole universe
And caught the first train home
To be at her side.
No matter where I roam
I will return to my english rose
For no bonds can ever keep me from she.
MERRIE ENGLAND
Music by Franz Lehar. Lyrics by Phil Park.

The comic opera "Merrie England" revolves around the English lifestyle of the late 1500s, especially the celebration of May Day. Jealousy and forbidden love color the day's events. One undertone involves the failure of a crowned May Queen to attract the attention of one young male, who is smitten by another young lady. This leads to jealous rages and to accusations of bewitchment. Another undertone involves the forbidden love of a British royal who is expected to love only the reigning Queen, even though his heart belongs to another.

This opera brings to life the confusion that love, honor and duty can bring for a day or for a lifetime.
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