Sunday Song Lyric:
Apparently I haven't posted enough Gershwin lyrics, even though Ira's lyrics (and George's music) are among the few to have appeared more than once. Of course, they're responsible for more than a few classics. Here's one: Someone to Watch Over Me. Originally from the musical Oh, Kay!, the song has been performed by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to Linda Ronstadt and Amy Winehouse. The lyrics begin:
There's a saying old says that love is blind
Still we're often told "seek and ye shall find"
So I'm going to seek a certain lad I've had in mind
Looking everywhere, haven't found him yet
He's the big affair I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret

I'd like to add his initials to my monogram
Tell me where's the shepherd for this lost lamb

There's a somebody I'm longing to see
I hope that he turns out to be
Someone to watch over me
byomtov (mail):
Nice, Jonathan.

Good choice. Thanks.
9.13.2009 10:25am
Lyric Critic:

Only man I ever think of will regret

I think that should be: "Only man I ever think of with regret". "Will" doesn't really make any sense there.

[You're right. That's fixed. I also had "man" where it should have been "lad". In some versions, the "who'll" replaces "to" in the chorus. JHA]
9.13.2009 10:29am
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
And here I thought you threw the Sunday lyrics post over because we abused you so... welcome back, you were missed :)


If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain.
The best is always yet to come,
That's what they explain to me.
Just do your thing, you'll be king,
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme.
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be,
To each his own, it's all unknown,
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free, then what must be,
Must be, and that is all.
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall.
In harmony with the cosmic sea,
True love needs no company,
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole,
If dogs run free.
9.13.2009 4:20pm
Dave N (mail):
When I hear that song, I always think of Mr. Holland's Opus, which I still think is a cool movie.
9.13.2009 10:12pm

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