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“PRIME” MINISTER.. By Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’


Something a little bit different, especially for those Lankan/Aussies & ex-Patriots around the World, who are still “Internetless” for any reason whatsoever, I take my chance to pay a “sincere tribute” to the Man who, I believe, was the “Prime” Minister of Ceylon, Mr.D.S. (Don Stephen) Senanayake, the very first, & to my knowledge, the very best “Father of Ceylon”, as he was known.

     Personally, I do not “think, too much” about Politicians., in total, nowadays. I do not think about “POLITICS” at all, if I can help it, either in Sri Lanka OR Australia, but, unfortunately, everything stems from the “Political Situation” in one’s Country of residence.

     Strangely, however, the first two individual Prime Ministers I remember who were undoubtedly the very best in the two Countries I have been involved with, Ceylon & Australia. In Ceylon, the best was D.S.SENANAYAKE & , in Australia, R.G.MENZIES. Their “Parties” do not matter in the slightest, their “Personalities”, mattering the most. This “story” features the “Father of Ceylon” the Right Honourable Don Stephen Senanayake.

     Firstly, the word “caste” is thoroughly distasteful to me, but this “term” was very important to most Sri Lankans. Just the one example, people of “high-caste”
were not supposed to marry people of “low-caste”.
Also, “Surnames” in S.L. seems to indicate “caste” and the name “Senanayake” was right up there in the top echelons, so to speak. Especially amoungst the Sinhalese, there were many “high-caste” Names. To be honest, I really don’t know any “low-caste” ones.

Anyway, Don Stephen was born in Ceylon on the 20th of October 1883, in the little town of Mirigama, which, in turn, boasted a littler Village with the strange name of “Botale”(English translation :- “Miri-Town of the bottle”). His father was Mudaliyar Don Spater Senanayake & his mother was Dona Catherina Elizabeth Perera Gunasekera Senanaayake, simply called Dona. His siblings were two brothers, Fredrick Richard & Don Charles & one sister, Maria Frances.
He completed his education at the renowned, private Anglican-boys’ school, St.Thomas’ College, Mutwal, moving to St.Thomas’ Mount Lavinia (in other words, he was always a proud “Thomian” right from the start..

Later, he joined the Surveyor General’s Department as a clerk, after which he joined his father’s rubber plantation, where he worked as a partner with his dad.

     I am not certain if it was an “arranged” marriage, but his partner in life was formerly Miss Molly Dunuwila.
They had one son, Dudley Senanayake. Because there isn’t too much that I can write about Dudley’s mum, all I can say is that very much later, there was a song written for her called ” Good golly, Miss Molly” and, about Dudley, all I know is that,  like his father, he was a kind, honourable guy who followed in his dad’s footsteps to become the next P.M., but, unlike his father, he wasn’t a strong leader & was “replaced” very quickly, but did stage a “come-back” to the job, a few years after..

     In December, 1947, Britain decided to give Ceylon it’s independence & after being instrumental in achieving this independence without any political mayhem at all,  D.S.Senanayake became the very first Prime Minister of the Country after the 4th of February 1948. He “served” the Island,  becoming famous around the World, as “The Father Of Ceylon”, in my opinion, he not only “looked the part”, he WAS a leader in every sense of the word. Those were the days of British Ceylon, English was the main Language, and “The Right Honourable”  P.M.D.S.Senanayake looked more like a “Singlishman” as I would call him, especially as he rode his horse on Galle-face Green regularly, very unfortunately, this pleasent habit cost him is life on the 22nd of March, 1952, when the horse stumbled, the P.M. was thrown off & died as a result, leaving his wife, family & the entire Nation grieving the death of a superb man, an intelligent one and, as far as I am concerned, a “PRIME” MINISTER in anyone’s book. 

                                                                       Desmond Kelly.
                                                                       Star.of eLanka.

 

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     Two lines of a song,” once upon a time”, ending with “never comes again”, sung by the multi-talented, very handsome Bobby Darin, gave me the idea for this particular “article”, written especially for my fellow- entertainers of Sri Lanka. Once again folks, just TWO lines of a meaningful SONG, say so very much.

As “entertainers” which carry a gamut of talented professions, we are all born into this World for one purpose ONLY, this being to “entertain” others on the “lower rungs” of life’s ladder. I only use the term “lower rungs” because of the fact that, as entertainers, WE are generally seen “on-stage, screen, or television”.

There may be Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers or Scientists in the “audience” out there, but entertainers are, in a manner of speaking, on a “higher level” & the much more affluent, highly educated, influential audience have actually PAID to see or hear you perform. Firstly, do not disappoint them . YOU are there to entertain THEM, not yourself.

     Secondly, speaking from the point of view of entertainers, & I consider myself to be one, after about 75 long years of experience, TOO  many Sri Lankan bands, groups & even very good vocalists in their own right, try to “copy” those abroad but can never come up to expectations because, for a start, most of “our mob”, going back to the 40s & 50s now, only had “showbiz” as a part-time occupation. Professional Musicians & Entertainers do nothing else. Part-time people never did have enough hours in which to hone their craft. Because of this, many were under the impression that IF they could “sound” like a Glenn Miller “big band” , they would be more accepted, get more work at hotels etc., & earn more money. So, they then practiced “The Moonlight Sonata” which was the Glenn Miller Theme Song, until they were “blue in the face”. Unless you were a band like “The Millionaires”, you didn’t have a hope of sounding.like the G.Miller Orchestra & even the “Millionaires” were part-time Musicians who were superb, playing as the fabulous Millionaires. What I am trying to say here is “don’t copy”.  It was happening THEN & it is still happening NOW. Lankan “Vocalists” want to sing & sound like Elvis, Englebert, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Shirley Bassey . Dancers are all supposed to be “like Michael Jackson etc., rubbish.!, Those were the “original Stars & no-one, Lankan or otherwise will ever be able to “touch them”. Many years ago, at a hotel in Melbourne, I was told that I sounded very much like Jim Reeves.
How I wish this was so. I did a lot of “Country -Songs” in a lower key (musically speaking) because I didn’t want to screech out the lyrics, but, Jim Reeves? !!, not in a million years. There was only ONE Jim Reeves.

I DO “pay tribute” to many varied Artistes on my various recordings, & this is perfectly alright. I DO NOT go around thinking I am “them”. I do not try to “copy” anyone. This is a definite “no-no” to Lankan Musos, and especially the “Western-Style” entertainers.
“Sinhala & Tamil” entertainers are fine, as far as I am concerned, No-one can copy them & I don’t think anyone tries. To “copy” a large Sinhala or Tamil word or enlongated phrase, anyone will have to be either word-perfect or drunk.

Thirdly, & finally, it seems such a shame that MOST of our top Entertainers come into the World & then “leave”, far too early. Dozens of the International Stars like Elvis & Michael Jackson, who come to mind at once, are just a couple who “stood-out” in my opinion.Fast living, drugs & medications to “keep awake”, generally take it’s toll & even the best of medical men & facilities could not prevent these sad early deaths.

As far as “Lankans” were concerned, two of the BEST Vocalists, again, in my.opinion, left our Planet far too early. They were Cliff Foenander & Denis Roberts. Both were “front-men” for many bands who were lucky to have their services. Both were very good friends of mine & I was privileged to know them . God bless you both, Cliff & Denis.

     Bobby Darin was an American who grew up in poverty after his father passed away when he was very young and he grew up thinking that his mother was his sister & his grandmother, who brought them up, his mother. He decided to be a “Star” before he was ten years old, played guitar & drums, sang & entertained, was always brash, almost cocky with his talents, and deservedly so, because he was exceptionally good at what he did. He sang, wrote “hits” like “18 Yellow Roses” & “You’re the reason I’m living” as “Country Hits”, amoung others, “acted” in a film with Sandra Dee, in which he sang the beautiful “title” of this “story” which should help everyone who reads this article to remember that,  whoever you are & however good you are, as an Entertainer, anywhere, “ONCE UPON A TIME, NEVER COMES AGAIN”. Be yourself, do what you do, do well, my friends Bobby Darin was only 37 years old, when he died.

Desmond Kelly.
Star of eLanka.
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“DRIVEN TO DRINK” – by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

With everything that is happening around the World at the moment, most of what we hear about today, is nothing but bad news. As we grow older, the natural progression of everything around us is expected. However, The Australia that most of us, Burghers from Ceylon migrated to, was so very different, in so many ways, it is nearly impossible to imagine that, in barely half a century, education of the young,general living conditions, employment, medical benefits, nursing homes, palliative care, right down to undertakers’ yes, everything has changed & changed drastically, I must add.

     This writer lived one hectic lifetime of 26 years in Ceylon, came to Melbourne (in the middle of a “White-Australia-Policy) only because I was a “sickly-white” colour after “having to leave” because of a “Sinhala-only” Policy, which meant that my skin had to be slightly darker & because my children would have had to do everything in Sinhala or face a jobless future.

So we decided to come to Australia, where English was the spoken language, went out to buy myself a second-hand car, & was informed that I should try “LINES MOTORS” in Dandenong, only to find out, after much searching that it was “LANES MOTORS”. So now, after escaping the Sinhala-only predicament, I had to learn how to speak “Orstralian”, not English. My dear dad, coming out of his front door to go to work one morning was greeted by his Aussie neighbour who asked him “how are you going? “, my dad replied “hello, I am going by bus to the Dandenong Station and then taking the train to Melbourne”. The neighbour was slightly perplexed. Not only that. He did not know what the hell Carlo Kelly was talking about.

     I have, to this moment, lived another hectic TWO lives in Australia,(55 years),  put up with a lot of terribly bad news but, being the optimist I have always been, will endeavour to inform all my “Burgher-Buddies” in Oz., (most of whom have a habit of “bending their elbows”, too much), the very good news of how to stop doing this forthwith, not only that, but at once.!

Exactly one year before I was born, on the 2nd of July, 1935, “Alcoholics Anonymous” was founded. A New York Stockbroker, simply named Bill W (all A.A. members only use initials for their surnames), an alcoholic, who had stopped drinking because of a “spiritual experience”, aided a Physician named Dr.Bob
to stop drinking. During a business trip to Acron, O., Bill W. met Dr.Bob., & shared with him, his own experiences as a hopeless alcoholic ( & I know quite a few myself ), & his method of recovering from this disease. Suffering ftom a severe hangover, a still woozy, Dr.Bob had his last drink in the eventide of the 10th of June, 1935 . The next day, with Bill W., Dr.Bob founded what is known as “Alcoholics Anonymous.

Neither Bill W., who lived until 1971 nor Dr.Bob., who lived until 1950, ever touched a drink again. The Fellowship they founded, based on the concept of alcoholics helping each other, now has close to two million members. Please remember my friends,   “Don’t drink & drive, if you want to stay alive & don’t think I make a fuss, join “A.A. if you wish to SURVIVE”.

                                                                    Desmond Kelly
                                                                    Star of eLanka.

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“BREAKING NEWS”!!! by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

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That is what we NEED right now in Australia. Some Bloody “breaking news”. Now that the little “rocket-man” has gone a.bit quiet, President Trump is concentrating more on “Presiding” rather than “sacking’ or “tweeting”, President Putin is “putting-in” more time at the “Russian” Parliment instead of just “rushing” out to confront Trump, Channel 10, in Melbourne is concentrating on some woman who “bared her boobs” for whatever reason, and Shane Warne being the next “bachelor”(all very interesting news, but, at the same time, a lot of rubbish), we DO need something that can stir the lethargy in our brains.

CATALONIA in Spain, has been the “top” headlines on Melbourne television for the past few weeks. That is certainly “big news” in Catalonia, Barcelona & Spain, but what the hell has it got to do with Hampton Park, Melbourne & Australia? , I really don’t know. I do know however, that there is “Royalty” in Spain. They do have a Spanish King & Queen, but shouldn’t we worry a little more on the “Royalty” in Britain, where both Queen Elizabeth 2, & her “Cavalier-Consort” Prince Phillip are now in the.process of getting somewhat  old, in the job, Prince Charles is concentrating more on Camilla & while Prince William is making more babies, Prince Harry is not too far from making his first,(after he gets married, of course). So much for Royalty. We have to now “think deeply”about becoming a “Republic”. When that happens we will have to have some “Goth-Food”(whatever the hell that is!), showing on Studio 10 even as I write this, with Chef Nick Whitehouse, which reminds me, for our dear Lord’s sake, President J.F.K. has been sadly “gone” now, for decades. Let the man rest in peace now, instead of trying to probe into why Harvey Oswald killed him. He was a very good President, was J.F.K. & you can believe this or not, my dear readers, when this writer first recorded the ONLY Original English Music Composition from Ceylon  to be accepted by the giant Philips Corporation in Eindhoven, Holland, at the time, I sent a copy of the disc. to President Kennedy, and it was acknowledged & later “Dreamworld” became one of the favourite songs of the First Lady of that era, Jacquie Kennedy.

President Trump has far more important things to do than opening up hundreds of files on the past asassination of a really great predecessor. As for Lee Harvey Oswald’s mind? , who cares.! He was shot dead a week later anyway. Serves him right for shooting President Kennedy, in the first place.

Yes, finally, here is some really “top” breaking news, especially for my “older readers”. I have been sitting here, writing interesting, but exhaustive true stories for the biggest/best website for Lankan/Aussies everywhere, ” eLanka” (remember the name well, my friends), when I felt really stiff & tired. Since I cannot actually “go” to a “massage-parlour” (for a massage), you evil- minded  ones, I decided to get myself a “Bliss”-ful armchair that, at the pressing of a button on the “remote” provided, would give me the total massage possible, to get me re-writing, so I ordered one, on line. That was the biggest mistake I made. To make a long story short, this “massage” never took place because, even after the most terrible “service” provided, the bloody armchair failed to work at all, as the remote-control went “remote” on me and wouldn’t work electronically, “at all”. I suppose, if it was an “Electric-Chair”, it might have been different & I wouldn’t be writing this at all (“thank God”, you say)!!

“Breaking News”, my good readers, take a tip and NEVER ever buy stuff such as this, “untried”. Go and sit in the armchair advertised,  press the remote, get.your full massage, then buy the bloody thing if you can get a 5 year warranty on it. Trust.me. Must sign off now as I am getting “stiff & sore”, once more.

.     Desmond Kelly    .
.     .                                    Star of eLanka.

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With the so-called “Social-Media” out & around as it is today, with the never-ending predictions of doom & gloom coming to us from sooth-sayers the World over, with every bit of news, big or small “BREAKING” on our television screens, this writer, for, & on behalf of our Lankan/Aussie website,eLanka,has decided to give all of you out there, certain points of view in reference to YOU. Pardon the “poetry” folks, but this is what I DO.!

To make it interesting, let’s do it “ALPHABETICALLY”.

“A”   Anyone who is Anyone, is born, And then dies.

“B” Brag not. No-one with Brains, Believes a Braggart.!

“C”  Counsel only those who will Credit from Counsel.

“D”  Depend not, on anyone, born alone, you Die alone.

“E”  Experience comes from “age”. Nowhere Else.

“F”  Find salvation ONLY  through the Father (GOD).

“G”  Guess not. Certainty should be your ultimate Goal.

“H”  Hang your hat on a Hook. It will rest better, there.

“I”  I, me & myself, should always follow you, & yourself

“J”  Judge not, anyone, lest someone else Judges you.

“K”  Kill no-one, because “someone” may then Kill you.

“L”  Love music, animals & Life. Little else means much

“M”  “Mr.Music” is My title, “Musical Memories”my life.

“N”  Never take a step”back”, have a good trip “forward”

“O”  Over & “over” again, not over & “under” again.

“P”  Protect your Plants, to best Preserve your Planet.

“Q”  Question not, the unwise, let them Question you.!

“R”  Rest not, on your laurels, let them Rest on you.

“S”  Sri Lanka was our homeland.Let us never forget it.

“T”  Talk is cheap.Try  “doing something”, for a change.

“U”  U.S.A., Australia’s  ally, come what may.

“V”  Vested interests are fine but don’t invest too much

“W”  When in doubt, contact eLanka. We’ll sort it out.

“X”  Xtravagance of the “young” is Xtraordinary.

“Y”  “Yes”, is the word, but then”No”is too,it’s up to you

“Z”  “Zeal” is the “final”word.”Non-Zealous”, not for us.!

                                                                     Desmond Kelly
                                                                      Star of eLanka.

 




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What, with the “same-sex” marriage controversy quickly coming to a head in Australia, I thought it necessary that our eLanka readers be given some. sort of insight into a 3-way love affair that , unlike the usual love affairs between boy & girl & boy & boy, or girl & girl, was strangely frowned upon in our modern Western Society & still is, believe it or not. 

     “Same-Sex” love affairs have been going on since the year “dot”, The same applies to love affairs of “heterosexual” couples. In many other Countries, a man was permitted to have a “harem” with as many wives/or lovers as he could afford, half his bloody luck, but, generally having 3,4 & 5 way love affairs were strictly forbidden, but did that stop us ?, no, not on your Nelly, Kelly. As far as this writer was concerned, of course, they were strictly heterosexual affairs & “he” was lucky indeed to be “involved” with some of the most beautiful girls on this Planet of ours.

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Still another great song from America , sung & played by a group called the “Texas Tornados”& available for your listening pleasure, my dear readers ,on the ever popular “You-Tube”.  Did I tell you folks, that even at “four-score & one”, I am still very much a “romantic @ heart”, love hearing a good love–song & still “write” them myself, whenever I get the chance, simply because , as I have said and written, many a time, life, as we know it, is but a “blink of an eye” in the context of time.

With everything that is “going-on” at the moment, with the love of MONEY being the primary focus of almost everyone around, with the “petty jealousy” that reigns supreme, especially between “Entertainers” of today, & sadly, even including some Lankan Aussies who have been in the business for about ten minutes. Everyone is a “wannabe-Star”. Only a few can rightfully claim to have reached the heights of “Stardom”, and most of them , Worldwide & Lankan, have now passed on to that “stage in the sky”.

I pay my respects to entertainers such as “Sinatra” , “Crosby”(Bing), “Hope”, 
later, “Elvis”, ” Buddy Holley”, Rock n Roll “founders” like Bill Haley, Carl Perkins, “Country-Stars” Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones ,Merle Haggard , and about half a dozen others including the “girls” like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, &, without going into an alphabetical list , superb entertainers, both male & female, whose names have only to be mentioned in conversation for instant recognition.

These entertainers WERE the real “Stars. Of course, I am Sri Lankan and it would be remiss, on my part, to miss out on Names such as Lyle Godrich, Gerry Crake, Erin de Selfa & Cliff Foenander (a personal friend, a great entertainer & superb vocalist), sadly taken away far too soon. I “salute” all of you & look forward to catching up with you guys in the not too distant future. Now, without further ado, 

            

“DID I TELL YOU”?

Yes I know, that the way I live, is breaking your heart

And it don’t help that I’m always away

And I know, that deep down inside, we just can’t hide

This feeling, that’s love ,slipping away


Did I tell you that I love you, did I tell you that I need you so

Did I tell you that the sun shines, wherever you go

Did I tell you that the stars shine, from the border ‘cross the Rio Grande

Cast in Heaven, and set, just for you

 

I can tell, by the look in your eyes, you’re worried about me

You’re wondering , if our love, is in vain

But don’t think, I don’t care about, the way that you feel

There’s something, I think you should know

 

Did I tell you that I love you, did I tell you that I need you so

Did I tell you that the sun shines, wherever you go

Did I tell you that the stars shine, from the border ‘cross the Rio Grande

Cast in Heven, and set, just for you.

“DID I TELL YOU
THAT I LOVE YOU”?

Desmond Kelly
Star of eLanka.

 

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“RAMONA, I HEAR THE MISSION-BELLS ABOVE
RAMONA, THEY’RE RINGING OUT THEIR SONG OF LOVE
I’LL.PRESS YOU, CARESS YOU
AND BLESS THE DAY YOU TAUGHT ME TO CARE
I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER
THAT RAMBLING ROSE YOU WEAR IN YOUR HAIR
RAMONA, WHEN DAY IS DONE YOU’LL HEAR MY CALL
RAMONA, WE’LL MEET BESIDE THE WATERFALL
I’LL DREAD THE DAWN,
WHEN I AWAKE, TO FIND YOU GONE
RAMONA, I NEED YOU, I DO”

A.beautiful “old song”, written in 1928 by L.Wolfe Gilbert with music by Mabel Wayne. Above is only the “chorus” as was recorded initially by Jim Reeves & later by Rudy & Riem de Wolfe, for the “Philips Lable”.

I did not have the honour of meeting Jim, personally, but I did.meet “The Blue Diamonds”, Rudy & Riem de Wolfe when they came to Ceylon, shortly before I left for Australia. They were great guys, both of them, good looking young blokes from Indonesia, guitar-playing, harmony-singing brothers, a-la The Everly-Bros., & as the “rep” for Philips in Ceylon at the time, I was very proud to be the “support-act” for the “Diamonds”. It was a different World then. Here they were, the brilliant “Blue Diamonds” singing a song that was composed just about eighteen years after my own DAD was born, & these were very young guys.

Rudy de Wolfe passed away in the year 2000. He was the older.brother. Now, we just have the news that Riem has just joined his brother on the stage in Heaven to serenade the angels. He was only 74 years old, too young, but probably missing the “harmonies” of Rudy.

So, on behalf of all the Lankan/Aussies & everybody else who had the pleasure of listening to them “on stage”(you can still see them on “you-tube”), I say,
” GOODBYE, BLUE DIAMONDS”, God bless & keep you,
forever in his arms.

                                                                      Desmond Kelly.
                                                                            eLanka.

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MR MUSIC – DESMOND KELLY
Especially for you – Volumes 1 & 2 and ‘a Tribute to the Country Artistes’– CDs out now!

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Listen to a few songs from The Album “Especially for you – Volume 1” below:

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“Especially for you” my friends & fans everywhere, proudly presented by eLanka & “your’s truly”, a series of CDs featuring songs I have hand-picked from the hundreds I have sung, composed & recorded over all these years. Each “single” CD contains at least 20 songs. Additional ones are just a bonus.
The songs, with the exception of my own original compositions, have been chosen by me to pay tribute to the various “greats” who have prerecorded them, & will be considered to be “covers”.
There will be a “first come, first served”basis on this particular “series”as each one will be a strictly-limited edition, especially for those who wish to have this special CD in their collection. Again, through the kind auspices of eLanka, the “original” website for all Lankans & Lankan-Aussies, these CDs  will be featured on a special “eLanka You-Tube” channel.
My original compositions will also be featured as “itunes” for those who wish to purchase just the one “tune” that they prefer.

All of the good people who read eLanka should know that I am a Roman Catholic. In name only,  unfortunately, but my taste in music is also Catholic.
Again, being a perfectionist of sorts, I have always done my very best to “entertain”  my audiences whenever & wherever. That was EVERYTHING to me.
Now, this is all I can do and my music is mainly to bring back “memories” for everyone who takes the time to relax, sit back & “think-back” because every living soul does have memories that are precious to them & GOOD MUSIC is the best way of achieving this.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone connected with this particular “series” of my work. I am proud indeed, to be a Lankan-Aussie, proud & humbled at the same time, to be the “Star of eLanka” & the Editor of Lanka Times & proud to be referred to as “Mr.Music”
None of the “titles” were self-awarded. NONE of us can do what we do without God’s help. Without GOD, we are nothing. If you want a copy of any of these CDs folks, please call me on 03-8-759-1932 (or email me dkelly2u@gmail.com ) & let’s take it from there. All these songs are ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.

Desmond Kelly.
                                                               “Star of eLanka”


“Mr.Music” – Desmond Kelly’s latest musical endeavour is now available, especially for lovers of good “Country Music” that will bring back “memories that matter”, including original compositions, some of which will be heard & enjoyed for the first time.

The CDs, proudly presented by e’Lanka, Australia’s Premier Website for Lankan/Aussies everywhere will all be produced under the apt “title” Especially for You, starting with Volumes 1 & 2, each containing at least 20 great songs, vocal & instrumental,

from a huge repertoire, sung & played by Des., everywhere. With the exception of the Original Compositions, the “rest” are simply “Covers” and or “tributes” to various entertainers.

For more information on the above, which will also be featured on a special “e’Lanka You-Tube Channel”, comprising only “Des Kelly’s e’Lanka Recordings”, please contact Neil Jayasekera (neil@eLanka.com.au 0402 905275 ) or Desmond Kelly  :- E’mail : dkelly2U@gmail.com (or Tel.03-8-759-1932.

Copies of these CDs will be strictly restricted, so please be early. “First come, first served”.

Victor Melder

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A SAD SONG

By Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

Just as there are “drinking songs”, cheating songs, “truck-driving & happy songs” in Country music, there are also some very “sad songs”, still, beautifully written, recorded, & sung by some.of the greatest voices of the.genre such as Gene Watson and Vince Gill. This song was actually recorded by both. The author of this song, chords & lyrics was Harlan Howard and is available for your listening pleasure on You-Tube. The “title”says it all

“LET ME BE THE FIRST TO GO”.

“LORD, I’VE NEVER ASKED FOR ANY FAVOURS
AND, I’M NOT TOO DESERVING, THAT, I KNOW
BUT WHEN IT’S PARTING TIME FOR ME & “BABY”
PLEASE LET ME BE THE FIRST TO GO.

DON’T TAKE THE HEART OUT OF OUR FAMILY
ME & THE KIDS WOULD MISS HER SO
I DON’T THINK I COULD LIVE ONE DAY WITHOUT HER
SO, LET ME BE THE FIRST TO GO

THIS HAPPY HOME WE SHARE, IS HER CREATION
IT’S WARM & CHEERFUL, FROM HER HAPPY GLOW
SHE HAS SO MUCH MORE LOVE TO GIVE, THAN I DO
SO, LET ME THE FIRST TO GO

PLEASE, LET ME BE THE FIRST TO GO”

While the lyrics are sad.and meaningful, the tune is melodic and unforgettable. Pure Country Music”

Desmond Kelly
Star of eLanka.

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