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Poor Butterfly

Lyrics:John L. Golden
Music:Raymond Hubbell

The song was publishe 1916.

Lyricist John L. Golden, in his 1930 autobiography Stagestruck,
recalled the collaboration with Raymond Hubbell
on the writing of “Poor Butterfly” during the summer of 1916.
Trying desperately to find a cool place in the Hippodrome Theater to work,
the two descended to the elephant pens in the basement,
where a pen was cleaned up and a small piano installed.
Hubbell, a violinist, began playing a melody for Golden,
who had been asked by producer Charles Dillingham to come up
with a “Japanese-style” number relating to Madame Butterfly.
Soon Golden, despite the nearby proximity of the elephants
and the associated aroma, had created a lyric telling the sad tale of
Butterfly waiting for her American lover to return to Japan.

Although a Chinese actress/vocalist, Haru Onuki, introduced the song,
she was replaced soon after the opening by soprano Sophie Bernard.
The number’s popularity, however, came from early performances
and recordings by artists such as vocalist Edna Brown,
the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra, and especially the Victor Military Band.
The song was so popular that over two million copies
of the sheet music were sold, and it was played
and sung by almost every musical artist of the day.
The tune’s huge popularity waned, but it was performed
and recorded over the decades.
A 1954 hit record by the vocal group the Hilltoppers
bought a new lease on life for the number,
resulting in a number of vocal recordings
by artists such as Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra,
and instrumental recordings by a number of musical groups.




There's a story told of a little Japanese.
Sitting demurely 'neath the cherry blossom trees.
Miss Butterfly's her name.
A sweet little innocent child was she
'Till a fine young American from the sea
To her garden came.

They met 'neath the cherry blossoms everyday.
And he taught her how to love the American way.
To love with her soul t'was easy to learn.
Then he sailed away with a promise to return.

Poor butterfly
'Neath the blossoms waiting.
Poor Butterfly
For she loved him so.

The moments pass into hours.
The hours pass into years.
And as she smiles through her tears,
She murmurs low:

The moon and I know that he'll be faithful
I'm sure he'll come to me by and by.
But if he won't come back then I'll never sigh or cry,
I just must die.
Poor butterfly.




Sarah Vaughan(Poor Butterfly)
Sarah Vaughan


Frank Sinatra(Poor Butterfly)
Frank Sinatra


The Mills Brothers(Poor Butterfly)
The Mills Brothers


Judy Garland(Poor Butterfly)
Judy Garland


Julie Andrews(Poor Butterfly)
Julie Andrews








Sarah Vaughan ,Hal Mooney & His Studio Orchestra





Frank Sinatra





The Mills Brothers





Judy Garland





Deanna Durbin





Dorothy Collins, Arthur Godfrey and John Gary





Carmen McRae




"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "




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