I like to sing this for SarahB every once in a while, usually during a quiet moment of reflection on the bus. I find it delightful and also hope via subtle mind control to convince her to see me as her own personal, non-romantic, non-life-partner lighthouse keeper. Although I believe this is a job that no longer exists (lighthouse keeper), the dream beats on in my heart, and in “Pete’s Dragon.” Obviously.
In the original film the actual lighthouse keeper is a drunk, played by Mickey Rooney, who Wikipedia tells me operates under the nom de guerre “Lampie.” This is one of those “facts” that feels inconsequential when you first hear it yet could pay real dividends during any number of future emergencies, so today I am bequeathing it unto you. Give thanks!