Julie Andrews has a new list of Favourite Things

Julie Andrews has a new list of Favourite Things


norman lebrecht

August 28, 2014

Just dropped into our mailbox:

To commemorate her birthday [78], actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s RadioCityMusic Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was ‘My Favorite Things’  from the legendary movie ‘Sound Of Music’.   Here are the new lyrics she used:

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Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,

Walkers and  handrails and new dental fittings,

Bundles of magazines tied up in string,

These are a few of my favorite things.


Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,

Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,

These are a few of my favorite things.


When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,

When the knees go bad,

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then I don’t feel so bad.


Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,

No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,

Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,

These are a few of my favorite things.


Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin’,

Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,

And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,

When we remember our favorite things.


When the joints ache, When the hips break,

When the eyes grow dim,

Then I remember the great life I’ve had,

And then I don’t feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.


  • Ethel Whitehead says:

    An urban legend, and nearly a decade years old at that.


  • Nick says:

    Back in the 1970s, a friend who seemed to be Julie Andrews #1 fan persuaded me to see her show at London’s Palladium. I resisted for as long as I could, but eventually gave way when we agreed to miss the first half supporting act and instead have some champagne in the bar.

    FInally in my seat and dreading what was to come, Ms. Andrews threw herself into the first number. I remember being staggered by her versatility and the sheer quality of her performance. At the end, I was one of the first to run down to the orchestra to shout “Brava!” And I don’t believe that was a result of the champagne!

  • cabbagejuice says:

    I like the older version better.

  • Gramilano says:

    She first sang this for her 69th birthday, but in the intervening 10 years Maalox has become Botox. What changes will the next decade bring!