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A song for Mike by Miss-M on 30 November 2008 10:48pm
 
"Only make believe I love you,
Only make believe that you love me.
Others find peace of mind in pretending,
Couldn't you?
Couldn't I?
Couldn't we?
Make believe our lips are blending
In a phantom kiss, or two, or three.
Might as well make believe I love you,
For to tell the truth I do."
 
Re: A song for Mike by johnnythemonkey on 30 November 2008 11:02pm
 
Aww, that's so romantic. Sounds about at least 60 years old though. Am I right ?
 
Re: A song for Mike by peripatetically on 30 November 2008 11:03pm
 
MIssy, your theatre/movie/entertainment background is shining brightly tonight!
 
Re: A song for Mike by tucsonmike on 30 November 2008 11:41pm
 
Very talented.
 
Re: A song for Mike by johnnythemonkey on 1 December 2008 12:07am
 
Yeah Mike......Jerome Kern was talented.
 
Re: A song for Mike by Miss-M on 1 December 2008 12:39am
 
Hey, I never claimed to have written the song! It was composed in 1927 for the musical "Show Boat". Music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
 
Re: A song for Mike by johnnythemonkey on 1 December 2008 1:56am
 
I know you did'nt Missy. It just goes to show how Mike thinks of your love for him that he thought you composed it for him !
 
Re: A song for Mike by Miss-M on 1 December 2008 3:06am
 
Oh, I see what you mean. But I could never compose anything as lovely as Jerome Kern, so I let his lyrics do the talking ;)
 
Re: A song for Mike by mrsthing on 1 December 2008 1:42pm
 
Here's a recording of Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel singing it in "Show Boat". I *love* old musicals!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwaJF5HNkJ0

But I can never hear that song without hearing it in Graham Chapman's gumby voice and picturing him smashing bricks against his head:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgfbCyLXrBk
 
Re: A song for Mike by bIG bLOGGER on 1 December 2008 3:33pm
 
Thank you Miss-M for your lovely lyrics--yes,I love you too and I thought for a lovely minute that you had composed them yourself.

Jerome Kern was born in 1885 and was Jewish.
George Gershwin,son of Russian immigrants,was also Jewish and spoke Yiddish.He was born 13 years later in 1898,so you could say he and Jerome Kern were just about contemporaries.His real name was Jacob Gershwine,and he mostly composed melody while his brother Ira added the lyrics.One of the nicest songs from that collaboration is "Our love Is here to Stay",which dates back to 1938 film "The Goldwyn Follies" and was also used in the 1951 film "An American In Paris" starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron:

It's very clear,our love is here to stay,
Not for a year,but ever and a day..
The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go;

But oh my dear,our love is here to stay,
Together we're,going a long long way...
In time the Rockies may crumble,Gibraltar may tumble--
They're only made of clay
But our love is here to stay.

Arggghhh!! (Of course Gershwin was wrong about the radio,the telephone,the movies,the Rockies,and Gibraltar...at least so far in time...but,hell,he got the rest of it right!) lol

 
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