Friday, 15 June 2018

Green door, what's that secret you're keeping? .......... out by Pomona

Now the door isn’t green, and Andy Robertson who took the picture doesn’t sound like Frankie Vaughan who had a hit with the song of the same name, but it will do for starters.

The red door featured  in a story prompted by one of Andy’s pictures of Pomona.*

And I wrote that I was “fascinated by this picture of the door which comes amongst the batch showing the water” continuing “I will ask Andy, but in the meantime let its story and what secrets lay behind it to hang in the air.

That said someone will come up with a practical explanation which does not admit a mystery or a fascinating story”.

But it was Andy who got back first with “it belongs to the ‘bridge house’ on the Salford side of Trafford Road bridge seen here immediately to left of bridge”.

And as he says, followed up the explanation with a picture.

So, sadly no mystery there then, which forces me back on that song, The Green Door, which is all about the mystery of what was behind the door.

The song was written by Marvin Moore to the music composed by Bob ‘Hutch’ Davie in 1956 and was a hit, recorded by Jim Lowe in the United States, and Frankie Vaughan in Britain.

I grew up with the mystery and in 1981 for some silly reason bought the version by Shakin’ Stevens which I promptly lost.

Back in the 1950s it was just something to sing along to, but listen to the lyrics and there is much to marvel at. From,
“There's an old piano
And they play it hot behind the green door
Don't know what they're doing
But they laugh a lot behind the green door
Wish they'd let me in so I could find out”,
to the frustration of the singer at not being let in made worse by the fun behind the Green Door.

Not that I suspect from Andy’s explanation there’s much fun inside the room with the red door.

Location; Pomona

Pictures; Pomona 2018 from the collection of Andy Robertson 

*Secrets and vast expanses of water,

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