I wanted my first complete song to be meaningful to me, so I wrote it as a celebration of the film career of Ray Milland.
Milland was a leading man in romantic comedies before winning a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic in the screen adaptation of "The Lost Weekend". Unfortunately, it wasn't all that long before he wound up in the cinematic slums of low-budget monster flicks.
Burdened with scripts that were sometimes lucky to be dodgy, he nevertheless shone as a perpetually annoyed villain, playing baddies in films such as "The Thing With Two Heads", "Escape To Witch Mountain", and "Frogs".
The voice clips after the second verse are taken variously from "The Lost Weekend", "Dial 'M' For Murder", and "The Attic". The clip at the end is his very brief speech on accepting his Oscar.
Who can see through space and time?
Serves evil with a twist of lime
You can bury him but he's not dead
He's Rosy Greer's big, fat, white head
Don't believe that he can't stand
He's full of tricks -- he's Ray Milland!
Who can kill your monkey friend?
Who can lose a whole weekend?
He'll blackmail you to kill his wife
(She wields her scissors just like a knife)
He'll sit to make his final stand
He sure hates frogs -- he's Ray Milland!
Who cannot escape to witch mountain?
Is scarier when he's not shoutin'?
He's the villain that I love to hate
He's perpetually irate
I hope by now you understand
You should watch the films of Ray Milland!
released August 11, 2010
words and music written by Sean Frost
mandolins and ukuleles performed by Sean Frost
vocals performed by Sean Frost
voice clips performed by Ray Milland for the films "The Lost Weekend", "Dial 'M' For Murder", and "The Attic"