The song was written for a Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate" (1948). Among the many Porter's sings, this tune has some classical elements. Many classical singers have recorded. As I love the song so much and I've written it before, I'd like to script again now.
It was sung in the show by Patricia Morison, reprised by Alfred Drake and further popularized by Patti Page in 1949.
Strange, dear, but true, dear, When I'm close to you, dear, The stars fill the sky, So in love with you am I.
Even without you My arms fold about you. You know, darling why, So in love with you am I.
In love with the night mysterious The night when you first were there. In love with my joy delirious When I knew that you might care.
So taunt me and hurt me, Deceive me, desert me, I'm yours 'til I die, So in love, So in love, So in love with you, my love, am I.
Lyrics ,Music:Giorgio Calabrese ,Tony De Vita translated into English by Hal Shaper
The song was publishe 1964.
It was originally an Italian success by Mina, at the Sanremo Music Festival, entitled "Piano" ("Softly"). Mina published a recording of the song first as a single in 1960 and later as well on an EP and on three LPs.
The English songwriter Hal Shaper noticed the song and in November 1961 wrote English lyrics to the melody, calling it "Softly, as I Leave You." The best-known versions are those by Matt Monro (#10 on the British charts in 1962) and Frank Sinatra (#27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the adult contemporary chart in 1964). The Sinatra family announced Frank's death on May 14, 1998 by placing an announcement on their website that was accompanied by a recording of the singer's version of the song.
Softly, I will leave you softly For my heart would break If you should wake And see me go So I leave you softly...
Long before you miss me Long before your arms Can beg me stay For one more hour Or one more day...
After all the years I can't bear the tears to fall So softly as I leave you there As I leave you there As I leave you there...
Softly... after all the years I can't bear the tears to fall So softly as I leave you there...
Mina sings in Italian, "Piano", which is the original.
Piano Mentre ti allontani, Cerca che il tuo passo Non mi svegli Mentre tu te ne vai.
Niente Non ti chiedo niente Oggi ed oltre il tempo tu sarai Accanto a me.
Nel ricordo va Non ti chiedero Di restare ancora ma Fa piano Che non ti senta. Piano, piano.
Va Non ti chiedero Di restare ancora ma Fa piano Che non ti senta. Piano, piano. Fa piano Piano, piano.
The original 1931 popular hit recording was made by Bing Crosby with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra, but the song has become a standard, recorded by many other artists since, including Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Dean Martin. Bing Crosby recorded the song four times over his career as well as performing its film debut in the Mack Sennett short, One More Chance (1931). An outtake from one of the sessions was preserved by blooper compiler Kermit Schafer in which Crosby swore at his producer for cutting eight bars without letting him know.
What price happiness? What price happiness? Who can truthfully say? But for every share, with tears we pay.
Love is happiness. I've had happiness, But it ended one day. Now I look at life a different way.
When skies are cloudy and gray They're only gray for a day So wrap your troubles in dreams And dream your troubles away
Until that sunshine peeps through There's only one thing to do Just wrap your troubles in dreams And dream all your troubles away
Your castles may tumble that's fate after all Life's really funny that way No use to grumble, smile as they fall Weren't you king for a day?
Just remember that sunshine Always follows the rain So wrap your troubles in dreams And dream your troubles away
Your castles may tumble that's fate after all Life's really funny that way But no need to grumble, smile as they fall Weren't you king for a day
Just remember that sunshine Always follows the rain So wrap your troubles in dreams And dream, dream your troubles away
Lyrics ,Music:Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, James Sherman
The song was publishe 1941.
It is particularly associated with Billie Holiday, for whom it was written, and her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989.
Holiday's version reached #5 on the R&B chart and #16 on pop in 1945. In July 1946, Charlie Parker recorded a rendition of "Lover Man", considered by many to be one of his most passionate recordings, during which he was severely intoxicated.
I don't know why but I'm feeling so sad I long to try something I never had Never had no kissin' Oh, what I've been missin' Lover man, oh, where can you be?
The night is cold and I'm so alone I'd give my soul just to call you my own Got a moon above me But no one to love me Lover man, oh, where can you be?
I've heard it's said That the thrill of romance Can be like a heavenly dream
I go to bed with a prayer That you'll make love to me Strange as it seems
Someday we'll meet And you'll dry all my tears Then whisper sweet Little things in my ears Hugging and a-kissing Oh, what I've been missing Lover man, oh, where can you be?
Among Sinatra's original songs, the most of them are written by Jimmy Van Heusen. I guess. The song today is especially one of my favorite tunes. But I'm afraid to say that: when you asked to list the five favorite songs of Sinatra, this tune might be the one you won't remind at all then ... Today it's Sinatra's birthday, then I've wondered a while what song I'm to write. Finally I've reminded the song.
Today I may not have a thing at all Except for just a dream or two But I've got lots of plans for tomorrow And all my tomorrows belong to you
Right now it may not seem like spring at all, We're drifting and the laughs are few But I've got rainbows planned for tomorrow And all my tomorrows belong to you
No one knows better than I That luck keeps passing me by ... that's fate But with you there by my side, I'll soon be turning the tide ... just wait
As long as I've got arms that cling at all It's you I'll be clinging to And all the dreams I dream, beg or borrow On some bright tomorrow will all come true And all my bright tomorrows belong to you
As long as I've got arms that cling at all, It's you that I'll be clinging to And all the dreams I dream, beg or borrow On some bright tomorrow they will all come true
It became most famous in 1942 when it was sung by the character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the movie Casablanca. The song was voted No. 2 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs special, commemorating the best songs in film. It has been used as a fanfare for Warner Bros. Pictures since 1999 and was the title and theme song of the 1990s British comedy series As Time Goes By.
You must remember this A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh The fundamental things apply As time goes by
And when two lovers woo They still say "I love you", on that you can rely No matter what the future brings As time goes by
Moonlight and love songs, never out of date Hearts full of passion, jealousy, and hate Woman needs man and man must have his mate That no one can deny
It's still the same old story A fight for love and glory, a case of do or die The world will always welcome lovers As time goes by
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)
Lyrics:Sammy Cahn Music:Jule Styne
The song was publishe 1944.
The song is best known in a version by Frank Sinatra (recorded November 14, 1944, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36762, with the flip side "I Dream of You (More than You Dream I Do)"), but has been recorded by a number of other artists, including Barry Manilow and Rosemary Clooney.
Saturday night is the loneliest night in the week 'Cause that's the night that my sweetie and I Used to dance cheek to cheek I don't mind Sunday night at all 'Cause that's the night friends come to ball And Monday to Friday's a gas And another week goes past
But Saturday night is the loneliest night in the week I sing the song that I sang for the mem'ries I usually seek Until I hear you at the door 'Til you're in my arms once more Saturday night is the loneliest night of the week
Hey now, Saturday night is the loneliest night in the week I sing the song that I sang for the memories I usually seek Until I hear you rap on the door Until you're in my arms once more Saturday night is the loneliest night in the week
Sammy Cahn wrote a new verse for Frank Sinatra's 1984 recording on L.A. Is My Lady, referencing Sinatra's many love affairs.
The song was recorded several times in 1954 and 1955. The version by Janet Brace was apparently first, making the Billboard chart on 10/23/54 and eventually reaching No. 23. The biggest hit version of the song was recorded by The DeCastro Sisters, charting at number two in 1955.
Did you say that I've got a lot to learn Well, don't think I'm trying not to learn Since this is the perfect spot to learn Teach me tonight
Starting with the ABC of it Getting right down to the XYZ of it Help me solve the mystery of it Teach me tonight
The sky's a blackboard high above you And if a shooting star goes by I'll use that star to write "I love you" A thousand times across the sky
One thing isn't very clear, my love Teachers shouldn't stand so near, my love Graduation's almost here, my love You'd better teach me tonight
(* 2nd Lyric especially written for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn)
I've played loves scenes in a flick or two, And I've also met a chick or two But I still can learn a trick or two, Hey teach me tonight
I who thought I knew the score of it, kind of think I should know much more of it Off the wall, the bed, the floor of it, Hey teach me tonight
The midnight hours come slowly creeping When there's no one there but you There must be more to life than sleeping Single in a bed for two
What I need most is post graduate, What I feel is hard to articulate, If you want me to matriculate, You'd better teach me tonight. What do you get for lessons, Teach me, Come on and teach me - teach me tonight
The words met with approval from Ellington, who described them as "wonderful— but not entirely fitted to my original conception." That original conception was inspired by three of Ellington's grade school teachers. "They taught all winter and toured Europe in the summer. To me that spelled sophistication."
They say into your early life romance came And in this heart of yours burned a flame A flame that flickered one day and died away Then, with disillusion deep in your eyes You learned that fools in love soon grow wise The years have changed you, somehow I see you now
Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant, Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant Is that all you really want? No, sophisticated lady, I know, You miss the love you lost long ago And when nobody is nigh you cry
The song was made popular by David Brooks and Marion Bell in the musical Brigadoon. It was later performed in the 1954 film version by Gene Kelly.
There were three hit versions of the song in the United States in 1947. Frank Sinatra's version was the highest charting at #20. Mildred Bailey and Mary Martin both charted with the song at #21 that year.
Nat King Cole recorded more than one version of the song, including a later version that was used as the closing song in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day which starred Bill Murray. Cole's version, in the key of G major like the original, features a ii–V–I turnaround (2-5-1) in G and a 2-5-1 in E major and D major for the bridge, before eventually raising up a key with a 2-5-1 in A flat major.
Maybe the sun gave me the pow'r, For I could swim Loch Lomond and be home in half an hour. Maybe the air gave me the drive, For I'm all aglow and alive.
What a day this has been What a rare mood I'm in Why it's almost like being in love
There's a smile on my face For the whole human race Why it's almost like being in love
All the music of life seems to be Like a bell that is ringing for me
And from the way that I feel When the bell starts to peal I would swear I was falling I could swear I was falling It's almost like being in love
This song was also born in many years ago. It was written for a 1940's musical, "Pal Joey. " This musical has another tune that became a standard. It's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." On the stage of Broadway, the song was sung by Gene Kelly, but in the film (1957), Frank Sinatra sang it.
If they asked me, I could write a book About the way you walk and whisper and look I could write a preface on how we met So the world would never forget
And the simple secret of the plot Is just to tell them that I love you a lot Then the world discovers as my book ends How to make two lovers of friends
It was introduced by Irene Dunne in the 1937 film High, Wide, and Handsome and was recorded that year by Bing Crosby for Decca (#1462, mx DLA940A, Los Angeles 9/20/37). It has become particularly associated with Peggy Lee, who sang it on her 1957 album The Man I Love. Lee's performance was conducted by Frank Sinatra.
Many men with lofty aims, Strive for lofty goals, Others play at smaller games, Being simpler souls.
I am of the latter brand; All I want to do, Is to find a spot of land, And live there with you.
Some day we'll build a home on a hilltop high, you and I, Shiny and new, a cottage that two can fill. And we'll be pleased to be called "The folks who live on the hill."
Some day we may be adding a thing or two, a wing or two, We will make changes as any family will, But we will always be called "The folks who live on the hill."
Our verandah will command a view of meadows green, The sort of view that seems to want to be seen. And when the kids grow up and leave us,
We'll sit and look at that same old view, Just we two, Darby and Joan who used to be Jack and Jill, The folks who like to be called What they have always been called "The folks who live on the hill."