I Think It’s Gonna Be All Right

When I was young, I was fascinated with bouncing rubber balls, especially those red rubber balls made by Spalding and I played a lot of stickball and stoop ball with them.  There don’t seem to be as many stoops around anymore and for stickball we played against a wall that had a strike zone, or we would play out in the street using a broomstick for a bat. Things have changed and most kids stay inside now and play video games.

‘Red Rubber Ball’ is a pop song written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and recorded by the American rock and roll band The Cyrkle, whose version reached #2 in 1966 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  The Cyrkle were known as the Rhondells, a frat rock band formed as a lark in 1961 by Lafayette College students in Easton, Pennsylvania Tom Dawes (bass/vocals), Don Danneman (guitar/vocals).  Marty Fried eventually joined the group on drums and Earl Pickens played keyboards.  Paul Simon saw them performing at a club in New York when he was in the audience and he asked Tom Dawes to go on tour with him and Garfunkel as their bassist.  Paul offered the Rhondells ‘Red Rubber Ball’, along with a few more of his songs, including ‘Cloudy’ and ‘I Wish You Could Be Here’.  Brian Epstein became their manager and he renamed the group when John Lennon came up with this new name which was a clever a play on spelling like the Byrds used, trading a ‘y’ for the ‘i’.

The Beatles song ‘Paperback Writer’ kept ‘Red Rubber Ball’ out of the number one spot.  ‘Red Rubber Ball’ is sung from the perspective of a man who is exiting (or has recently exited) an unfulfilling relationship in which his significant other never gave him much attention or affection.  The guy is sullen, as he feels like he is being treated like an ornament, thinking that he is only arm candy for this girl because her reason for being with him is that it makes her look good, like putting on jewelry.  He now looks forward to the future with a positive attitude.

After Brian Epstein died in the summer of 1967, the energy behind and within the group began to dissipate, and as a result The Cyrkle disbanded in 1968, but Tom Dawes and Don Danneman went on to successful careers as commercial jingle writers.  Danneman wrote jingles for both Swanson Foods and Continental Airlines, while Dawes came up with the famous “plop plop fizz fizz” jingle for Alka Seltzer, “7-Up, the UnCola”, “Our L’eggs Fit Your Legs”, “Coke Is It”, “You’re the One” for McDonald’s and many others.  L’eggs is a brand of pantyhose introduced in 1969 by Hanes.  The hosiery was placed in white plastic oversized chicken-egg-shaped containers, this sheer nylon was designed by Roger Ferriter and it became the top-selling brand.

I should have known you’d bid me farewell
There’s a lesson to be learned from this and I learned it very well
Now I know you’re not the only starfish in the sea
If I never hear your name again, it’s all the same to me
And I think it’s gonna be all right
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin’ sun is shinin’ like a red rubber ball
You never care for secrets I confide
For you I’m just an ornament, somethin’ for your pride
Always runnin’, never carin’, that’s the life you live
Stolen minutes of your time were all ya had to give
And I think it’s gonna be all right
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin’ sun is shinin’ like a red rubber ball
The story’s in the past with nothin’ to recall
I’ve got my life to live and I don’t need you at all
The roller-coaster ride we took is nearly at an end
I bought my ticket with my tears, that’s all I’m gonna spend
And I think it’s gonna be all right
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin’ sun is shinin’ like a red rubber ball
Oh, oh, oh, I think it’s gonna be all right
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin’ sun is shinin’ like a red rubber ball

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt “5 by 5” hosted by Yves where we are given a material, a music genre, a sound, a characteristic and a missing item your are asked to choose a Material – Leather/Fur, Wool, Cotton, Polyester or Nylon, then choose a Music Genre – Rock, Blues, Hip Hop, Indie or Classical and choose a Sound – Teeth Grinding, Bouncing Rubber Ball, Acrylic Nails Tapping Hard Surface, Rusty Metal Gate Opening or a Knife Ripping Through Sheet, then choose a Characteristic – Quixotic, Crotchety, Coquettish, Sullen or Sinister and finally choose a Missing Item – Wallet/Purse, Phone, Clothing Article, Jewelry or Book/Paperwork.

11 thoughts on “I Think It’s Gonna Be All Right

    1. Thanks Paul as this 5 by 5 can be a bit of a challenge struggling to get the prompts in. The first four came easy, but I had no idea where I was going with the material, till I found the L’eggs jingle and then I worked in nylon.

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  1. I first heard this song on an oldies channel in the 80s. Didn’t know they even had a video for it…thanks for the info, Jim… I remember those plastic eggs…my aunts would give them to me.

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