The Offhand Band
(Music & lyrics by Mark S. Meritt)
And though the times have changed since then
In so many ways your lasting legacy lives on
It casts a giant shadow even bigger than Big Ben
The Bard still treads all the world’s stages
We thrill to Christie’s mysteries
By your tales from Scrooge to Harry Potter we’re entranced
Among the very best world round, near everyone agrees
For all the things you’ve written
I must say, “Bravo”
You’re so great, Britain
Yes, Hollywood is known for movies
And Broadway musicals win fame
Nothing’s more American than good old rock and roll
But Brits in these endeavors roundly beat us at our game
The Oscars always love the British
Lloyd Webber shows play on and on
From Adele to Zeppelin, countless first-rate music stars
And then there’s Chaplin, Hitchcock, Python, Beatles and James Bond
You bug, but I’ve been bitten
With success august
You’re just great, Britain
A populace one snip our size
Have you a genius gene?
Is something in the water?
It’s not likely the cuisine
For all our pride, compared to you
Our record’s rather poor
Would we do better to declare
Dependency once more?
From Newton to the web, et cetera
The world is changed for all you do
And, just think, if we consider all the British Isles
Then you would claim James Joyce and Shaw and Wilde and U2
We shan’t forget our auld acquaintance
The one we raise our glasses to
Though politically your days of dominance are past
Still, culturally the sun shines bright and never sets on you
It’s you with whom I’m smitten
You give such delight
You’re quite great, Britain
MARK S. MERITT
Mark holds a Theatre Arts degree from Cornell Univeristy (Phi Beta Kappa). There, he studied directing with Pulitzer Prize nominee David Feldshuh. He has been represented by the Farber Literary Agency (NYC) and Susan Smith & Associates (Beverly Hills). Mark has performed and composed for many events, including venues in New York City such as The Supper Club, The Duplex, and Gilda’s Club. He has also made multiple appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, including a special Christmas segment with Rosie O'Donnell.
As a songwriter, Mark placed in Billboard’s 11th Annual Songwriting Contest, and Songwriters Resource Network’s Great American Song Contest called his work “exceptional songwriting.” In 2008, he began working as The Offhand Band, writing, producing and releasing original songs for kids and families.
Mark is currently a Certified Simply Music Piano Teacher, helping students achieve breakthrough results with this extraordinary piano learning method. He also performs regularly with the Mop & Bucket Co., the premier improv comedy troupe in New York State's Capital Region.