Video – I Want to Marry A Lighthousekeeper

Anyone remember this song? I was on McInnes Island when I first saw the movie “A Clockwork Orange [1971]” and heard the song. We did not have a TV station, but we did have a TV and a cassette player.

I Want to Marry A Lighthousekeeper 

      I want to marry a lighthouse keeper
      And live by the side of the sea
      I want to marry a lighthouse keeper
      And live by the side of the sea
      I’ll polish his lamps by the light of day
      So ships at night can find their way
      I want to marry a lightouse keeper
      Won’t that be okay?
      We’ll take walks along the moonlit bay
      Maybe find a treasure, too
      I’d love living in a lighthouse
      How ’bout you?
      I dream of living in a lighthouse, baby,
      Every single day
      I dream of living in a lighthouse
      A white one by the bay
      So if you want to make my dreams come true
      You’ll be a lighthouse keeper, too
      We could live in a lighthouse
      A white one by the bay
      Won’t that be okay? 

– Lyrics by Eigen Erika – soundtrack from the Stanley Kubrick movie “A Clockwork Orange”.


There is more information on the song and lyrics on this Uke Hunt page and there is a link to PDF copy of the music and chords on the page as well. From the Uke Hunt page:

“This song has been a theme tune twice over. It was used in the soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange and, more recently, featured in a Marks and Spencer’s ad (see video below). The ad features some of the world’s most beautiful women and Myleene Klass doing what supermodels do: watering plants in unusual positions, playing golf in their undies and ensuring the smooth passage of sea-going vessels.

If there’s not enough uke in this version for you, the song was covered to great advantage by Shorty Long (the ukulele heroes rather than the R&B guy).

The chorder is a classic retro-20s/30s chord progression. It’s definitely worth setting the sound of this one to memory. You’ll hear the turnaround section (“I’ll polish his lamp…”) all over the place.”


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