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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time
A girl with moonlight in her eyes
Put her hand in mine
And said she loved me so
But that was once upon a time
Very long ago

Original Broadway Cast Recording of the Musical All-American

A beautiful, sad, love song, Once Upon a Time. It was written for All American, a Broadway musical from 1962, created by Mel Brooks. Charles Strouse scored the song, Lee Adams composed the lyrics.

Once upon a hill
We sat beneath a willow tree
Counting all the stars and waiting for the dawn
But that was once upon a time
Now the tree is gone

It was performed by so many, Charles Boyer and Frank Sinatra , Bobby Darin and John Gary, Andy Williams and Scott Bakula, and many, many others.

How the breeze ruffled through her hair
How we always laughed as though tomorrow wasn't there
We were young and didn't have a care
Where did it go

And I heard the song once again, performed by Jay McShann, in a movie telling a story as sad as this love song is. Hanging Up, from 2000, in which Walter Matthaw is an impossible father who's dying and the sanctity of death suddenly makes everything else irrelevant. It was the last role of Walter Matthaw. Soon after the film was released his cancer came back and he passed away.

Once upon a time
The world was sweeter than we knew
Everything was ours
How happy we were then
But somehow once upon a time
Never comes again

Once upon a time
Never comes again



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