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Today is a holiday, did you know?
Shunshouneko
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January 29th is Kansas Day! ;-)

In the 1940s, there was a radio hit that went like so. Grade-school kids from small Kansas towns were still learning it in the 1960s:


I was born in Kansas, I was bred in Kansas,
And when I get married, I'll be wed in Kansas.
There's a true-blue gal who promised she would wait,
She's a sunflower from the Sunflower State.



(Oh, Flynn! Sunflowers are my FAVORITE, they really are! See, wasn’t it a good idea to do this for Kansas Day?)

REFRAIN:
She's a sunflower, she's my sunflower,
And I'll know we'll never part.
She's a sunflower, she's my one flower,
She's the flower of my heart.



Skies are fair in Kansas, clouds are rare in Kansas,
There’s no place on earth that can compare to Kansas,
So I’m going home to keep a wedding date
With my sunflower from the Sunflower State.



(Oh, no, you don’t, laddie. It will take more than weeds from the roadside to make me believe you’re sorry, that it will.)

REFRAIN:
She’s a sunflower, she’s my sunflower,
And I know we’ll never part.
She’s a sunflower, she’s my one flower,
She’s the flower of my heart.

Troubles end in Kansas, folks unbend in Kansas,
Everyone you'll meet will be your friend in Kansas,
And they'll all be there to help me celebrate
With my sunflower from the Sunflower State.



(This is a most peculiar festival, otouto-san. Do you suppose it has something to do with the Sunflower Samurai?)

REFRAIN:
She's a sunflower, she's my sunflower,
And I'll know we'll never part.
She's a sunflower, she's my one flower,
She's the flower of my heart.

Oh, the moon is brighter and the stars are bluer,
And the gals are sweeter and their hearts are truer,
And I'm here to say there's one who's really great--
She's that sunflower from the Sunflower State.



(JENNA, BELIEVE ME! IT WASN’T MY IDEA!)

ALLLLLLL TOGETHER NOW:
She's a sunflower, she's my sunflower,
And I'm sure we'll never part.
She's a sunflower, she's my one flower,
She's the flower of my heart.


You were wondering about the backup singers, perhaps?

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Oh, nooooooo, Mally Lee is entirely in the right on this! You'll see, you'll see, you'll see.

(Well, okay, maybe not ENTIRELY. But pretty close.)

Amazing, what ideas a bunch of craft-store miniature flowers can suggest! And I have to say that the backup singers amused me greatly, too. My Norwegian bachelor farmers, they are. (Shunshou the Mighty would have been in the chorus line too, except he was dismembered on the dining-room table while his eyelash glue dried.)

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