Martha Raye – No Time At All

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An evening pause: From the Broadway musical Pippin.

The words from this song mean more and more to me, with each passing year.

Here is a secret I never have told.
Maybe you’ll understand why.
I believe if I refuse to grow old
I can stay young till I die.
Now, I’ve known the fears of sixty-six years.
I’ve had troubles and tears by the score.
But the only thing I’d trade them for
Is sixty-seven more

Oh, it’s time to start livin’.
Time to take a little from this world we’re given.
Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall
In just no time at all.

And believe it or not, I see this also as a fitting song for Veterans Day.



  • Col Beausabre

    Good choice for Veterans Day – “Colonel Maggie” was the “Darling of the Special Forces” in Vietnam and held rank as an honorary Lt Col in the Army Reserve for her efforts to support the troops – particularly the wounded. In 1993 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her long service to the men and women of the armed forces.

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    Great stuff. I was not aware of that factoid, thank you!

    Martha Raye Medal of Freedom Ceremony

  • wayne

    The Best Years Of Our Lives
    Dana Andrews – airplane graveyard scene

  • wayne

    “Audio from the Past”
    Avro Lancaster Crew radio chatter–bombing run

  • brightdark

    During the Vietnam War, Martha pledged to visit every Special Forces base in South Vietnam. As she was doing so, she heard a whisper of a rumor that there was another base out there that wasn’t on any map. After a log of begging Martha got flown to the base, which was on top of mountain in the middle of Laos, for a brief visit. To her dying day she never said a thing about it.

  • Col Beausabre

    From the description, that can only be LS-85. Its Combat Skyspot Team aka “wager Control” was a major thorn in the side of the North Vietnamese, which is why it was overrun (with heavy Allied casualties) in 1968

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