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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Days of Wine and Roses

By Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
1962

A late addition to the popular songbook, "Days of Wine and Roses" was written for the Blake Edwards film of the same name (starring Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon), in which it was played by Mancini's orchestra. It won the 1962 Oscar for Best Original Song. And in case you were wondering, the title phrase originates from the 1896 poem "Vitae Summa Brevis" by English writer Ernest Dowson.

Lyrics:

The days of wine and roses
Laugh and run away--
Like a child at play--
Through a meadowland toward a closing door,
A door marked "nevermore,"
That wasn't there before.

The lonely night discloses
Just a passing breeze,
Filled with memories
Of the golden smile that introduced me to
The days of wine and roses, and you.

Recorded By:

Andy Williams
Perry Como
Frank Sinatra
Diana Krall
Nancy Wilson

2 comments:

Benzadmiral said...

Cool blog -- but please note that Tippi Hedren wasn't the star of "Days of Wine and Roses" with Jack Lemmon. Lemmon's wife was played by the Nicole Kidman of her day: Lee Remick. Keep up the good work!

B-Sol said...

Wow, thanks Benz! I totally spaced out on that one.

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