It's an old tune written in 1939 and it was introduced in a Broadway musical, "Swingin' The Dream". As this musical was a musical version of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," I could understand the meaning of the song a bit more. I mostly used to listen to the song by Thelonious Monk's solo as a standard of Jazz.
Darn that dream I dream each night You say you love me and hold me tight But when I awake and you're out of sight Oh, darn that dream
Darn your lips and darn your eyes They lift me high above the moonlit sky Then I tumble out of paradise Oh, darn that dream
Darn that one track mind of mine It can't understand that you don't care Just to change the mood I'm in I'd welcome a nice old nightmare
Darn that dream And bless it too Without that dream I never have you But it haunts me and it won't come true Oh, darn that dream
It was originally written for the 1934 Joan Crawford film Sadie McKee. The first recording of the song was on April 23, 1934, by Dick Robertson and Angelo Ferdinando's Hotel Great Northern Orchestra. The song has since been recorded many times. Early hit versions included Jan Garber and Henry Busse.
All I do is dream of you The whole night through With the dawn, I still go on And dream of you You're every thought You're everything You're every song I ever sing Summer, winter, autumn and spring.
And were there more Than twenty-four hours a day, They'd be spent in sweet content Dreamin' away
When skies are gray When skies are blue Morning, noon and night-time too All I do the whole day through Is dream of you All I do the whole day throughIs dream of you.
It was introduced in the 1946 musical film Three Little Girls in Blue, where it was sung by the characters performed by Vera-Ellen and Charles Smith (with voices dubbed by Carol Stewart and Del Porter).
You make me feel so young. You make me feel so "Spring has sprung", And every time I see you grin I'm such a happy individual.
The moment that you speak I wanna go play hide-and-seek. I wanna go and bounce the moon Just like a toy balloon.
You and I are just like a couple of tots Runnin' across the meadow Pickin' up lots of forget-me-nots.
You make me feel so young. You make me feel there are songs to be sung, Bells to be rung, and a wonderful fling to be flung, And even when I'm old and gray I'm gonna feel the way I do today 'Cause you make me feel so young.
Lyrics:Gus Kahn Music:Fabian Andre , Wilbur Schwandt
The song was publishe 1931.
It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, with vocal by Ernie Birchill. A popular standard, more than 60 other versions have been recorded, but some of the highest chart ratings were in 1968 by Mama Cass Elliot with The Mamas & the Papas.
Stars shining bright above you Night breezes seem to whisper "I love you" Birds singing in a sycamore tree Dream a little dream of me
Say nighty night and kiss me Just hold me tight and tell me you miss me While I'm alone and blue as can be Dream a little dream of me
Stars fading but I linger on dear Still craving your kiss I'm longing to linger till dawn dear Just saying this
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you But in your dreams whatever they be Dream a little dream of me
"Let's Face the Music and Dance" is a song written in 1936 by Irving Berlin for the film Follow the Fleet, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire and featured in a celebrated dance duet with Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It is also used in Pennies from Heaven, where Astaire's voice is lip-synched by Steve Martin, and in a celebrated Morecambe and Wise sketch involving newsreader Angela Rippon.
There may be trouble ahead But while there's music and moonlight and love and romance Let's face the music and dance
Before the fiddlers have fled Before they ask us to pay the bill and while we still have the chance Let's face the music and dance
Soon we'll be without the moon, Humming a different tune and then
There may be teardrops to shed So while there's moonlight and music and love and romance Let's face the music and dance
This song first recorded by singer Johnny Darrell, is a country song originally made popular by Porter Wagoner in 1965, when it reached No. 4 on the country chart.
That same year it was sung by Bobby Bare, and later Tom Jones, in 1966, when it became a worldwide No. 1 hit. The song had also been recorded the previous year in 1965 by Jerry Lee Lewis, and included on his album Country Songs For City Folks (later re-issued as All Country), and Jones had learned the song from Lewis's version.
The old home town looks the same As I step down from the train And there to meet me is my mama and papa Down the road I look and there runs Mary Hair of gold and lips like cherries It's good to touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they'll all come to meet me Arms reaching, smiling sweetly It's good to touch the green, green grass of home
The old house is still standing Though the paint is cracked and dry And there's that old oak tree that I used to play on
Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary, Hair of gold and lips like cherries It's good to touch the green, green grass of home
Then I awake and look around me At four gray walls that surround me And I realize that I was only dreaming For there's a guard and a sad old padre Arm and arm we'll walk at daybreak Again I'll touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they'll all come to see me in the shade of that old oak tree As they lay me 'neath the green, green grass of home
Will You Still Be Mine ? Lyrics:Thomas Adair Music:Matt Dennis
The song was publishe 1940.
He was born in Seattle, Washington. His mother was a violinist and his father a singer, and the family was in vaudeville, so he was early exposed to music. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt’s orchestra as a vocalist and pianist. Later on, he formed his own band, with Dick Haymes as vocalist. He became vocal coach, arranger, and accompanist for Martha Tilton, and worked with a new vocal group, the Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford, one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded Dorsey to hire Dennis as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically, with fourteen of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year alone, including “Everything Happens to Me,” an early hit for Frank Sinatra.
When lovers make no rendezvous And stroll along Fifth Avenue When this familiar world is through Will you still be mine?
When cabs don't drive around the park No windows light the summer dark When love has lost its secret spark Will you still be mine?
When moonlight on the Hudson's not romancy And spring no longer turns a young man's fancy
When glamour girls have lost their charms And sirens just mean false alarms When lovers heed no call to arms Will you still be mine?
Frank Sinatra's 1939 recording of the song became a huge hit in 1943, when it was reissued by Columbia Records during the 1942-43 musicians' strike. The record peaked in the Billboard top two.
In a 1944 interview, Sinatra said of the delayed success of the song, "That was the song, a few days after Harry James and myself recorded it, that gave us our walking papers out of the old Victor Hugo Cafe (a major entertainment venue of the 1930s) on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
All or nothin' at all Half a love never appealed to me If your heart never could yield to me Then I'd rather have nothin' at all
All or nothin' at all If it's love, there is no in-between Why begin then cry for somethin' that might have been No I'd rather have nothin' at all
Oh, please don't bring your lips so close to my cheek Don't smile or I'll be lost beyond recall The kiss in your eyes, the touch of your hand makes me weak And my heart may grow dizzy and fall
And if I fell under the spell of your call I would be caught in the undertow And so you see, I've got to say no, no All or nothin' at all
”When Lights Are Low” is Benny’s best-known tune. It is also his best-incorrectly-known tune. Call it on the bandstand and 9 out of 10 players do the Miles Davis bridge. Now, when Miles chose to replace Benny’s bridge with the A section in a new key, that was an interesting and valid jazz permutation on the tune. But how many players nowadays know that that bridge was a permutation? How many know the original bridge (which has wonderful changes over which to blow)? Playing that tune is a rough and ready way of finding out whether musicians have taken the time to listen to Carter, or whether the Miles 50s canon (worthy as it is) is as far back as their jazz education goes.
Sweet music soft and mellow Soothing and low Strains of a mellow cello When lights are low
Dear, we're so close together I love you so Why think about the weather When light are low
Two hearts revealing Music hath charms Life's so appealing With inspiration in your arms
Our lips meeting soft and tender Loves all aglow Why shouldn't we surrender When lights are low
It might be the most famous tune of the musical, "South Pacific". In the film, Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor sing. The lovely melody and the beautiful lyric enchant us ever more.
Some enchanted evening, You may see a stranger, You may see a stranger across a crowded room, And somehow you know, You know even then, That somehow you'll see her again and again.
Some enchanted evening, Someone may be laughing, You may hear her laughing across a crowded room, And night after night, As strange as it seems, The sound of her laughter will sing in your dreams.
Who can explain it, who can tell you why? Fools give you reasons, wise men never try.
Some enchanted evening, When you find your true love, When you hear her call you across a crowded room, Then fly to her side And make her your own, Or all through your life you may dream all alone. Once you have found her, never let her go, Once you have found her, never let her go.