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Thursday, September 3, 2009

We Kiss in a Shadow

By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
1951

Written for the characters of Tuptim and Lun Tha in the classic Broadway musical The King and I, in which these two lovers profess their feelings despite the King's potential disapproval. The melody is an interesting blend of Western and Eastern flavors. It was introduced on stage by Doretta Morrow and Larry Douglas.

Lyrics:

We kiss in a shadow,
We hide from the moon.
Our meetings are few,
And over too soon.

We speak in a whisper,
Afraid to be heard;
When people are near,
We speak not a word.

Alone in our secret,
Together we sigh,
For one smiling day to be free.

To kiss in the sunlight,
And say to the sky:
"Behold and believe what you see!
"Behold how my lover loves me!"

Recorded By:

June Christy
Perry Como
Vic Damone
Doris Day
Sonny Rollins

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