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Monday, October 19, 2009

I Could Write a Book

By Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
1940

Written for the original stage version of Pal Joey, where it was introduced by Gene Kelly and Leila Ernst. It did not make it into the Frank Sinatra film version, however. It also was used to great effect in the 1997 Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry. I was inspired to focus on this song today thanks to a gorgeous rendition by the remarkable Emma Wallace, which can be found here.

Lyrics:

If they asked me, I could write a book
About the way you walk, and whisper,
And look.
I could write a preface
On how we met
That the world will never forget.

And the simple secret of the plot
Is just to tell them;
That I love you, a lot.
Then the world discovers,
As my book ends,
How to make two lovers of friends.

Recorded By:

Frank Sinatra
Harry Connick Jr.
Miles Davis
Ella Fitzgerald
Mel Torme

4 comments:

miriamt said...

Oh! I love this song...in fact one of my very favorites of all time. Thank you so much for posting this new rendition...simply lovely!!! A new fave, for sure!

B-Sol said...

You're very welcome. Emma does an amazing job with it.

emma wallace said...

Thank you for the mention and link! I added an addendum on my blog post mentioning this post.

B-Sol said...

Thanks, Emma!

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