Friday, March 6, 2009

Ghost songs

Songs that have run through my mind for as long as I can remember.


It seems we've stood and talked like this before

We looked at each other in the same way then,

But I can't remember where or when.

The clothes you're wearing are the clothes you wore.

The smile you are smiling you were smiling then,

But I can't remember where or when.

Some things that happend for the first time,

Seem to be happening again.

Amd so it seems that we have met before

and laughed before

and loved before,

But who knows where or when.

Where or When from Babes In Arms Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers was first performed in 1937 by Ray Heatherton and Mitzi Green. That same year, Hal Kemp recorded a popular version. It also appeared in the movie of the same title two years later.

There is an introductory verse:
Sometimes you think you've lived before

All that you live today

Things you do come back to you

As though they knew the way

Oh, the tricks your mind can play!

From Morning Edition, December 23, 2003 - In 1941, Benny Goodman set out to record Where or When with a 21-year-old Peggy Lee. The Rodgers and Hart ballad came out during the Christmas season, at a time when America was at war. Music journalist Ashley Kahn reflects on the recording's enduring poignancy.

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(Via NPR.) Image of Rogers & Hart from Wikipedia.

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