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Monday, October 27, 2008

I Remember You

By Victor Schertzinger & Johnny Mercer
1941

Proof that even the most beautiful song can be horrifying under the right circumstances, Slim Whitman's country-style recording of this standard was used to great effect in Rob Zombie's film House of 1,000 Corpses. It was originally written for quite a different movie--1942's The Fleet's In, in which it was introduced by Cass Daley. It can also be heard in Star Trek III, and Uncle Junior even quoted a bit of it on a Sopranos episode.

Lyrics:

Was it in Tahiti?
Were we on the Nile?
Long, long ago,
Say an hour or so
I recall that I saw your smile.

I remember you,
You're the one who made
My dreams come true
A few kisses ago.

I remember you,
You're the one who said
"I love you, too," I do.
Didn't you know?

I remember, too,
A distant bell,
And stars that fell like rain
Out of the blue.

When my life is through,
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all,
Then I shall tell them
I remember you.

Recorded By:

Nat King Cole
Frank Ifield
Diana Krall
Chet Baker
Bjork

4 comments:

Howard said...

More Star Trek 'n' Standards trivia: I don't think I've seen this since it first aired, but in one of the first or second season episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ryker is shown practicing jazz trombone in the holodeck, inside a holographic 20th c. jazz club. The tune he is playing? "Out of Nowhere."

Why is this significant? Alexander Courage's theme to the original series uses the same chord progression as "Out of Nowhere." You can sing one melody on top of the other, and it works perfectly. And guess who owns the performance rights to "Out of Nowhere" -- that's right, Paramount.

B-Sol said...

Wow, just like the old days, when studios would make use of the songs they owned the rights to. Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing about the Slim Whitman version.

It's funny.

YouTube - I Remember You-Slim Whitman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUROKcDOvvk

B-Sol said...

Oh, how could I not?? It's a kitsch classic!

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