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Okay, this is a weakness of Maven's
and it goes with MUSIC!
I love knowing the lyrics of a
lot of the music I listen to. 
If you know of a song that you
want Maven to want check
out, e-mail Maven at theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com.

Maven has loved the song Amapola for years. She has finally found the lyrics, in both Spanish and English.  This is one of the songs that the Three Tenors did as well as others like Helen O'Connell and Deanna Durbin (First Love. 1939):
 

Amapola[1] (1924)

 

Joseph LaCalle (Original Composer)

 

Albert Gamse (English Lyrics Composer)

 

AMAPOLA Spanish version (original)

  • De amor en los hierros de tu reja,
  • De amor escuche la triste queja,
  • De amor que sonó en mi corazón,
  • Diciéndome así con su dulce canción:
  • Amapola, lindísima amapola,
  • Será siempre mi alma tuya sola.
  • Yo te quiero, amada niña mia,
  • Igual que ama la flor la luz del día.
  • Amapola, lindísima amapola,
  • No seas tan ingrata y ámame.
  • Amapola, Amapola,
  • Cómo puedes tú vivir tan sola!

Amapola (English lyrics by Albert Gamse)

  • Amapola, my pretty little poppy,
  • You're like the lovely flower so sweet and heavenly.
  • Since I found you my heart is wrapped around you,
  • And, seeing you, it seems to beat a rhapsody.
  • Amapola, the pretty little poppy
  • Must copy its endearing charms from you.
  • Amapola, Amapola,
  • How I long to hear you say "I love you."


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amapola_(song)

 

Rosie, the Jetsons' Maid
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Click on Rosie to hear Fats Domino's version of "The Sheik of Araby"

Fats Domino
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Click for a Version that He Did Live

Maven has found a new version of The Sheik of Arabi, the 1920s hit in honor of Rudolf Valentino.  It's Fats Domino's version that you can check out at
Maven enjoys his version tremendously but sometimes she just gets the rumba-ing Rosie the robot from The Jetsons stuck in her mind when she hears it!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Sheik of Araby[1]

By Ted Snyder, Harry B. Smith & Francis Wheeler
1921

 


A huge hit composed as a humorous response to the immensely popular Rudolph Valentino, The Sheik, this song became a bona fide piece of American pop culture during the Roaring '20s. It was even referenced in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. It was introduced by the Club Royal Orchestra, and jazz bands also took an instant liking to it, which some have credited to the Louisiana town of Arabi, which became the source of an in-joke amongs jazz musicians.

Lyrics*:

I'm the Sheik of Araby,
Your love belongs to me.
At night when you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.

And the stars that shine above,
Will light our way to love.
You'll roam this land with me,
I'm the Sheik of Araby.

Oh, I'm the Sheik of Araby,
And all the women worship me.
You should see them follow me around. Not bad.
Even wives of all the other sheiks,
They beg to kiss my rosy cheeks.
And that ain't bad -- in fact, that's good, I've found. I'm a cad!

When I lay down to sleep,
I'm counting girls instead of sheep.
From my harem I can't scare 'em out. Why should I?
They're beauties from all races,
And some have pretty faces.
I'm the Sheik who knows what love is all about.

 


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*THE SHIEK OF ARABY

(Fats Domino’s Version)

 

I'm the Sheik of Araby,
Your heart belongs to me.
At night when you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.

The moon and stars above,
Will shine down on our love.
You’ll rule the world with me,
I'm the Sheik of Araby. . . .

I'm the Sheik of Araby,
Your heart belongs to me.
At night when you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.

The moon and stars above,
Will shine down on our love.
You’ll rule the world with me,
I'm the Sheik of Araby
.

IN THE HOUSE WHERE I WAS BORN

 

Whit Bissell’s “song" from Crime Doctor's Diary (1949):

 

In the house where I was born

Is a little brass French horn

that I used to tout

When I was just a boy

Tout tout tout tout du tout

 

When I played loud and clear

The neighbors rushed to jeer

And my mother said it was

Just a childish toy

Tout tout tout tout du Tout

 

.....

 

And though today I’m a millionaire
And I’m famous everywhere

I would trade it all to be back

With my little brass French horn

In the house where I was born

When I was just a little boy.

 

[If anybody knows the entire version of
In the House Where I Was Born, please let Maven know at
theoldmoviemven@yahoo.com!]

     Maven came across the lyrics to Hurray for Hollywood.  For a clip with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (featuring Harry James, Frances Langford and Johnnie "Scat" Davis) click on
     Check out these versions:

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD

Hooray for Hollywood
That screwy, ballyhooey Hollywood!
Where any office boy
Or young mechanic
can be a panic
With just a good-looking pan (pan=face)
And any barmaid
Can be a star maid
If she dances with or without a fan (reference: Sally Rand*)
Hooray for Hollywood!
Where you're terrific
if you're even good!
Where anyone at all from Shirley Temple (child actress)
to Aimee Semple (Aimee Semple McPherson - evangelist)
is equally understood
Come on and try your luck
You could be Donald Duck
Hooray for Hollywood!

Hooray for Hollywood!
That phony, super Coney, Hollywood
They come from Chilicothes and Padukahs
with their
bazookas (it could refer to so many things!)
To see their names up in lights
All armed with photos
From local rotos
With their hair in curlers
and legs in tights
Hooray for Hollywood!
You may be homely in your neighborhood.
Still, if you think that you can be an actor
See Mister Factor (Max Factor - makeup artist)
He'd make a monkey look good!
Within a half an hour
You'll look like Tyrone Power (hunky action star)
Hooray for Hollywood!
(Courtesy of
http://johnnymercer.com/FAQ/Hooray%20for%20Hollywood.htm)

OR

Hooray for Hollywood
That screwy, ballyhooey Hollywood
Where any office boy or young mechanic
Can be a panic, with just a goodlooking pan
Where any barmaid can be a star maid
If she dances with or without a fan

Hooray for Hollywood
Where you're terrific, if you're even good
Where anyone at all from TV's Lassie
To Monroe's chassis is equally understood
Go out and try your luck, you might be Donald Duck
Hooray for Hollywood

Hooray for Hollywood
That phoney, super coney Hollywood
They come from Chillicothes and Padukahs
With their bazookas to get their names up in lights
All armed with photos from local rotos
With their hair in ribbons and legs in tights

Hooray for Hollywood
You may be homely in your neighborhood
But if you think that you can an actor
See Mr. Factor, he'd make a monkey look good
With a half an hour, you'll look like Tyrone Power
Hooray for Hollywood
(Courtesy of
http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/d/dorisday6555/hoorayforhollywood248499.html)

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How about the lyrics to a song from A Day at the Races, the Marx Brothers movie?  It was cut from the movie but Maven has found a website with the lyrics of the song that Groucho Marx does, explaining his character of Dr. Hackenbush . . . .

Dr. Hackenbush - Groucho Marx

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"Charlie Chan in Shanghai" (1935): Princess Ming Lo Fu

"Dr. Kildare" (1961 - 1966): Theme Song

"Flying Down to Rio" (1933): Carioca

"The Gay Divorcee" (1934): Continental

"The Gay Divorcee" (1934): Let's Knock Knees

This is Vereda Tropical which was featured in Charlie Chan in Panama (1940) with Jean Rogers as Kathi Lenesch doing the honors:
 
     Voy por lavereda Tropical
     La noche plena de quietud
     Con su perfume de humedad
     Se oye el rumor de una cancion de
     Amor y de piedad
     Con ella ful noche tras noche hasta
     El Mar
     Para besar su boca fresca de amor
     Y mejuro quererme mas y mas
     Sin olvidar jamas aquellas noche
     Junto al mar
     Hoy solo me quea reordar
     Mis ohos mueren de llorar
     Y mi alma muere de esperar
     Porque se fue
     Tu le dejasta en vereda tropical
     Hasta volve me
     Quiero besar su boca otra vez
     Junto al mar
     (repeat)
     Vereda tropical