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Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

In celebration of autumn I send these songs and a few quotes. I hope listeners will enjoy!

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
– Robert Browning

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
– W. H. Auden

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
– Thomas Carlyle

If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
– Jimi Hendrix

Click Here to View and Listen To:  The Falling Leaves – Eva Cassidy (google her)

Click Here to View of Listen To:  Autumn in New York – Frank Sinatra

Click Here to View of Listen To:  Another rendition by Ella and Louis

Click Here to View of Listen To:   October Song – Jim Hall

Lyrical Tuesday: The Fool on the Hill

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Click Here to View:  Paul McCartney singing the Fool on the Hill on YouTube.
The Fool on the Hill
The Beatles
Writer(s): Paul McCartney, John LennonDay after day, alone on the hill
The man with the foolish grin
is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
And he never gives an answer


Lyrical Tuesday: Alma by Tom Lehrer

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016


Click Here to Read: Alma Lyrics by Tom Lehrer on the Metro Lyrics website.

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: Kismet

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Abbasid Caliphate. Within a short time of its inception, Baghdad evolved into a significant cultural, commercial, and intellectual center for the Islamic world. This, in addition to housing several key academic institutions (e.g. House of Wisdom), garnered the city a worldwide reputation as the “Center of Learning”.

In contemporary times, Baghdad has often faced severe infrastructural damage, most recently due to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the subsequent Iraq War that lasted until December 2011. In recent years, the city has been frequently subjected to insurgency attacks. As of 2012, Baghdad was listed as one of the least hospitable places in the world to live,[5] and was ranked by Mercer as the worst of 221 major cities as measured by quality-of-life.

Kismet, the Broadway musical, takes place in a past Baghdad – where palace intrigue and romance thrived. Music in Kismet was based on Alexander Borodin’s melodic body of work. I have selected three of many songs that are now considered ‘standards.’

Click Here to View: Judy Garland & Vic Damone – Kismet medley (The Judy Garland Show) n YouTube.

Play on the cymbal, the timbal, the lyre;
Play with appropriate passion.
Fashion songs of delight and delicious desire
For the night of my nights.
Come where the so well beloved is waiting,
Where the rose and the jasmine mingle
While I tell her the moon is for Xmating
And ’tis sin to be single!
Let peacocks and monkeys in purple adornings
Show her the way to my bridal chamber,
Then get you gone ’til the morn of my mornings
After the night of my nights!
‘Tis the night of my nights!
‘Tis the night of my nights!

See him smiling,
Hear him humming,
He’s in love!
Joyful, jaunty,
Dreaming dazzled
He’s in love!
Stars have invaded his eyes.
Silver bells in his voice
Sing a hymn to the her he dreams of!
Watch him wooing,
Purring, cooing,
He’s a dove!
Sighing, doting,
Flying, floating,
High a bove!
Though you’re suspecting
It’s April affecting him so,
Can’t be, can’t be,
Not him, not he,
He’s in love,
and it’s really love,
Because I’m in love and I know!

Dawn’s promising skies
Petals on a pool drifting
Imagine these in one pair of eyes
And this is my beloved
Strange spice from the south
Honey through the comb sifting
Imagine these on one eager mouth
And this is my beloved.
And when she speaks
And when she talks to me
Music! Mystery!

And when she moves
And when she walks with me
Paradise comes suddenly near
All that can stir, all that can stun
All that’s for the heart’s lifting
Imagine these in one perfect one
And this is my beloved
And this is my beloved

Jane Hall

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: Stardust

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

“Stardust” is an American popular song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish. Carmichael first recorded the song, originally titled “Star Dust”, at the Gennett Records studio in Richmond, Indiana. The song, “a song about a song about love”,[1] played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo, became an American standard, and is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with over 1,500 total recordings.[2] In 2004, Carmichael’s original 1927 recording of the song was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. “Stardust” is considered by many the finest song ever written.

Click Here to Read: Stardust (song) on Wikipedia.

Click Here to View:     Hoagy Carmichel rendition on YouTube.

Click Here to View:  Nat Cole – lyrics by Mitchell Parish on YouTube.
And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we’re apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by
Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song
Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love’s refrain



Lyrical Tuesday: Vienna by Billy Joel from Jane Hall

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016


Click Here to Read: Vienna by Billy Joel on Wikipedia.

Click Here to View:  Vienna By Billy Joel on YouTube with Lyrics on YouTube.

Click Here to View: Vienna By Billy Joel Live on YouTube.

Lyrical Tuesday: Cole Porter from Jane Hall

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

This week’s lyrical Tuesday features Night and Day by Cole Porter. Listen to it for its unusual harmonic structure and enjoy Ella Fitzgerald’s version.

Night and Day by Cole Porter

Like the beat, beat, beat of the tom-tom
When the jungle shadows fall
Like the tick, tick, tock of the stately clock
As it stands against the wall
Like the drip, drip, drip of the raindrops
When the summer shower is through
So a voice within me keeps repeating

You, you, you
Night and day, you are the one
Only you beneath the moon and under the sun
Whether near to me, or far
It’s no matter darling where you are
I think of you night and day

Day and night, why is it so?
That this longing for you follows wherever I go
In the roaring traffic’s boom
In the silence of my lonely room, I think of you

Night and day, night and day under the hide of me
There’s an oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me
And its torment won’t be through
‘Til you let me spend my life making love to you

Day and night, night and day
Night and day under the hide of me
There’s an oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me
And its torment won’t be through
‘Til you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day


Click Here to View:  Night and Day by Ella Fitzgerald

Click Here to Read: Night and Day (song)

Lyrical Tuesday: Yiddish Songs

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016


Click Here to Listen to: Chava Alberstein -Two Yiddish songs on YouTube.  (I Stand Beneath a Carob Tree and The Golden Peacock)

Lyrics to Ikh shtey unter a bokserboym (I Stand Beneath a Carob Tree):

Ikh shtey unter a bokserboym
A bokserboym
Tsu im derklibn kh’hob zikh koym
Ikh hob zikh koym

Ikh zits unter a faygnboym
A faygnboym
Arum iz grin arum iz groym
S’iz grin un groym (more…)

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: Robert Meredith Wilson

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Robert Meredith Wilson (May 18, 1902 – June 15, 1984) was an American composer, songwriter, flutist, conductor and playwright, best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. He wrote three other Broadway musicals, composed symphonies and popular songs, and his film scores were twice nominated for Academy Awards.

Meredith was a friend of mine in 1957 during the Music Man production. I was fortunate to have been what they call an angel, having borrowed $500. to invest. That investment sure paid off but more than the financial gain was the friendship, opening night, house seats, and excitement in general.

Today’s lyrics are not from the Music Man. It’s almost Xmas so I selected the following:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go,
Take a look in the five-and-ten, it’s glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes that glow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in ev’ry store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.
A pair of hop-along boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben,
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen,
Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go,
There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
It’s the sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev’ry store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.
Sure it’s Christmas, once a-more


Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: Frank Sinatra

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

This week lyrical Tuesday honors Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday.
Most of you don’t know that this amazing song was actually the remake of a french song called ” comme d’habitude ” by claude françois. the original words were about the end of a love affair.

Paul Anka, after hearing the song while watching French television in Paris, bought the song’s publication and adaptation rights for only one dollar. The original songwriters retained the music-composition half of their songwriter royalties. Anka wrote English lyrics specifically for Frank Sinatra, I was lucky to hear Frank Sinatra perform this song at Madison Square Garden – what an amazing concert!!!!

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I’ve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say – not in a shy way,
“Oh no, oh no not me,
I did it my way”.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!

Yes, it was my way.

Jane Hall

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: Something’s Coming from West Side Story

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015


Something’s Coming from West Side Story

Everyone told us that [West Side Story] was an impossible project … And we were told no one was going to be able to sing augmented fourths, as with “Ma-ri-a” … Also, they said the score was too rangy for pop music … Besides, who wanted to see a show in which the first-act curtain comes down on two dead bodies lying on the stage?… And then we had the really tough problem of casting it, because the characters had to be able not only to sing but dance and act and be taken for teenagers. Ultimately, some of the cast were teenagers, some were 21, some were 30 but looked 16. Some were wonderful singers but couldn’t dance very well, or vice versa … and if they could do both, they couldn’t act.  Leonard Bernstein  (from Wikipedia)

Could be
Who knows?
There’s something due any day
I will know right away
Soon as it shows
It may come cannonballin’ down through the sky
Gleam in its eye
Bright as a rose!
Who knows?
It’s only just out of reach
Down the block, on a beach
Under a tree
I got a feeling there’s a miracle due
Gonna come true
Coming to me
Could it be?
Yes it could
Something’s coming
Something good
If I can wait
Something’s coming I don’t know what it is
But it is
Gonna be great!
With a click
With a shock
Phone’ll jingle
Door’ll knock
Open the latch!
Something’s coming, don’t know when
But it’s soon
Catch the moon
One handed catch
Around the corner
Or whistling down the river
Come on – deliver
To me
Will it be? Yes it will
Maybe just by holding still
It’ll be there!
Come on, something, come on in
Don’t be shy
Meet a guy
Pull up a chair
The air is hummin’
And something great is coming
Who knows
It’s only just
Out of reach
Down the block, on a beach
Maybe tonight
Maybe tonight…

Click Here to View:  Something’s Coming from Glee with Darren Kris on YouTube

Click Here to View:  Something’s Coming from West Side Story Suite on YouTube

Click Here to Read: Other Posts on Lyrical Tuesday on this website.

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
“You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” (sometimes “You’ve Got to Be Taught” or “Carefully Taught”) is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
South Pacific received scrutiny for its commentary regarding relationships between different races and ethnic groups. In particular, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” was subject to widespread criticism, judged by some to be too controversial or downright inappropriate for the musical stage.[1] Sung by the character Lieutenant Cable, the song is preceded by a line saying racism is “not born in you! It happens after you’re born…”

Rodgers and Hammerstein risked the entire South Pacific venture in light of legislative challenges to its decency or supposed Communist agenda. While the show was on a tour of the Southern United States, lawmakers in Georgia introduced a bill outlawing entertainment containing “an underlying philosophy inspired by Moscow.”[2]One legislator said that “a song justifying interracial marriage was implicitly a threat to the American way of life.”[2] Rodgers and Hammerstein defended their work strongly. James Michener, upon whose stories South Pacific was based, recalled, “The authors replied stubbornly that this number represented why they had wanted to do this play, and that even if it meant the failure of the production, it was going to stay in.”[2]  from Wikipedia.Click Here to

Click here to View:  You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught – South Pacific (1958)] on YouTube.

Click Here to View: Mandy Patinkin Sings You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught; Children Will Listen Medley on YouTube.

Click Here to View: Barbra Streisand – Carefully Taught and Children Will Listen on YouTube.

Jane Hall’s pick for Lyrical Tuesday: “Autumn in New York”

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015


Click Here to Listen to: Autumn in New York sung by Frank Sinatra on YouTube.

Click Here to Listen to:  Autumn in New York sung by Billie Holiday on YouTube.

“Autumn In New York”

Autumn in New York
Why does it seem so inviting?
Autumn in New York
It spells the thrill of first-knighting (more…)

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: All You Need Is Love

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015


Lyrical Tuesday September 29, 2015
inspired by Pope Francis’ visit

All You Need Is Love by the Beatles
Click Here to View: All You Need is Love on YouTube.
“All You Need Is Love”

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love (more…)

Lyrical Tuesday from Jane Hall: Time for change

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015


Click Here to View:  Tony Bennett: There’ll be some changes made on YouTube.

Click Here View: There’ll Be Some Changes Made with Marion Harris (1924) on YouTube.

There’ll Be Some Changes Made”
lyrics by William Blackstone in 1921

They say don’t change the old for the new
But I’ve found out this will never do
When you grow old you don’t last long
You’re here today and then tomorrow you’re gone
I loved a man (gal) for many years gone by (more…)

Announcing: Lyrical Tuesdays from Jane Hall on the IPBlog

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Each Tuesday I will be selecting a lyric to post on the IPBlog. Starting today, September 1, 2015.
Please send comments and if the idea is popular, it will continue. The great american songbook cannot die. I will include a few lines about the composer and encourage you to google him/her/them if you like.
Thank you Arnie for this opportunity – I feel that lyrics qualify as poetry. The first selection is dedicated to Arnie, Founder and Editor in Chief of

Cole Porter – You’re The Top Lyrics

At words poetic I’m so pathetic
That I always have found it best
Instead of getting it off my chest
To let ’em rest unexpressed (more…)