Why Worry?

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A thousand reasons for worry,
A thousand reasons for anxiety
Oppress day after day the fool,
But not the wise man.

Hitopadesa of Narayana

Not to worry. Or if to worry, not to worry unduly.

This is my favourite mantra on the subject. I remember it being current in the early 1960s and someone suggested it was in ‘The Millionairess’, said by Peter Sellers to Sophia Loren, but I cannot find it on YouTube. I seem to remember it in The Man in the Moon, with Kenneth More, but cannot find it. Any suggestions?

It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long

I went across the river and I lay down to sleep
I went across the river and I lay down to sleep
I went across the river and I lay down to sleep
When I woke up I had shackles on my feet

Twenty-one links of chain around my leg
There was twenty one links of chain around my leg
Twenty-one links of chain around my leg
And upon each link there’s an initial of my name

It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long

I asked that judge, “What’s gonna be my fine?”
Asked that judge, “Say, what’s gonna be my fine?”
I asked that judge, “What’s gonna be my fine?”
Said, “Twenty-one years on the Rocky Mountain mine”

It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
Yes, it takes a worried man to sing a worried song
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song
I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long

The illustration is copyright: Robert Adrian Hillman via Shutterstock
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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