Music was a memorable part of the Andy Griffith Show. Of course, Andy Taylor plays the guitar and sings beautifully. Depending on the season, Deputy Fife can’t sing a lick, or does a decent job harmonizing with the high sheriff. Rafe Hollister, Gomer Pile, and the Darlings are also given a chance to shine.
Whenever the Darlings come down from the mountains, trouble soon follows; yet, before the episode ends, Briscoe is playing his jug, accompanied by his four sons, who remain silent unless singing.
Yesterday, we watched “The Darling Baby” (Season 5: Episode 12), in which Charlene sings the hauntingly beautiful, “There is a Time.” Near the end of the song, Mr. Darling is no longer able to fight the tears – pulling out his handkerchief, he starts a-weeping. Andy, moved by the simple beauty of her voice, stops playing and just listens. As the music ends, he says, “Well I believe that’s the prettiest thing I ever heard.” Indeed.
Here is a clip of this special moment. The lyrics, found below, are pure poetry.
There is a time for love and laughter The days will pass like summer storms; The winter wind will follow after But there is love and love is warm.
There is a time for us to wander When time is young and so are we; The woods are greener over yonder The path is new, the world is free.
There is a time when leaves are fallin’ The woods are gray, the paths are old; The snow will come when geese are callin’ You need a fire against the cold.
So do your roaming in the springtime And you’ll find your love in the summer sun; The frost will come and bring the harvest And you can sleep when day is done.