THANKFULNESS
Music and lyrics: Mehmet GÜR
We convey our feelings of gratitude to God in events that make us happy and jojful, don’t we… Well, the song “Thankfulness” begins with a narrative that I am on my way to propose to the girl that I love. The girl is Fisun Başkut to whom I was married for thirty-two years.
In the three verses that follow the introductory verse, I convey my thanks to God in three languages (English, Turkish and French), an approach that I also used in writing my autobiography book.
Whistling: The whistle is a wonderful instrument of music; it is so natural, a product of our body and does not require any knowledge of music. So, you should whistle whenever and wherever you can. It has a relaxing effect and makes you happy. Would you believe that I was really whistling on my way to fetch Fisun? I believe I was doing that to calm myself down… I whistled in the song to reflect my excitement and to add joyfulness to my thankfulness…
The final verse is similar to the introductory one. However, in that verse, I start imagining Fisun saying “Yes” to my proposal and I hear our friends shouting and clapping to congratulate us…
I popped the question while dancing to the song “La vie en rose” sung by Grace Jones. Fisun later chose that song to be the dancing music of our wedding.
The following instruments were played in the music recording studio:
• Acoustic guitar
• Electric guitar
• Bass guitar
• Banjo
• Drums
• Percussion
• And I whistled…

Lyrics:
THANKFULNESS

I’M ON MY WAY TO FETCH MY LOVE,
TAKE HER OUT TO DINNER, tarampa pam!
I’VE GOT A RING IN MY POCKET,
‘CAUSE I’LL POP THE QUESTION, tarampa pam!
I’VE GOT A RING IN MY POCKET,
AND I’LL POP THE QUESTION, tarampa pam!
* * *
I’M SO THANKFUL TO GOD THAT YOU WERE BORN, tarampa pam!
SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE MINE, ONLY MINE, tarampa pam!
SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE MINE, ONLY MINE, tarampa pam!
* * *
SENİ DOĞURANA MİNNETTARIM, HEP DUACIYIM, tarampa pam!
BENİMLESİN SEVİNÇLİYİM, HEP YANIMDASIN, tarampa pam!
BENİMLESİN SEVİNÇLİYİM, HEP YANIMDASIN, tarampa pam!
* * *
MERCI A DIEU QUE SOIS NEE, QUE TU SOIS LA, tarampa pam!
JE TE REMERCIE D’ETRE AVEC MOI, SEULEMENT AVEC MOI, tarampa pam!
JE TE REMERCIE D’ETRE AVEC MOI, SEULEMENT AVEC MOI, tarampa pas
* * *
I’M ON MY WAY TO FETCH MY LOVE,
TAKE HER OUT TO DINNER, tarampa pam!
I’M GETTING CLOSER TO HER PLACE NOW
AND THERE SHE’S WAITING, tarampa pam!
I’VE GOT THE RING IN MY POCKET,
‘CAUSE I’LL POP THE QUESTION, tarampa pam!
I’VE GOT THE RING IN MY POCKET,
YES, I’LL POP THE QUESTION, tarampa pam!

THANKFULNESS
While recording drum parts….

THANKFULNESS
While recording acoustic guitar parts…

THANKFULNESS
While recording acoustic guitar parts…