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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


By Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero & Norman Newell

An Academy-award winning song with a strange story. It started as an instrumental entitled "Ti Guardero nel Cuore", featured in the exploitation mockumentary Mondo Cane. Later, English lyrics were added by Newell, and the song became a highly popular new standard of the 1960s. Ortolani would later compose the eerily beautiful theme for Cannibal Holocaust, one of the most disturbing films ever made.


More than the greatest love the world has known,
This is the love I give to you, alone.
More than the simple words I try to say,
I only live to love you more each day.

More than you'll ever know,
My arms long to hold you so.
My life will be in your keeping,
Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping.

Longer than always is a long, long time.
But far beyond forever, you'll be mine.
I know I never lived before,
And my heart is very sure
No one else could love you more.

Recorded By:

Steve Lawrence
Frank Sinatra
Nat King Cole
Martha & The Vandellas
Della Reese


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call Mondo Cane a "mockumentary," more like a "schlockumentary." Ortolani's score for Cannibal Holocauast is one of the reasons why I, a brass musician who is also a jazz musician and a cult cinema fan, have not gotten my fluegelhorn out of mothballs for 15 years.

Check out Ortolani's "Who Can Say?" from Africa,
The song is, i anything, the musical equal of "More" from Mondo Cane, but it's not a standard because Jacapo and Perreti's exploitation documentaries had by that point so far surpassed the bounds of good taste that it would be like elevating the "Faces of Death" soundtrack to the level of jazz standard. Which, come to think of it, is not a bad goal for the few years I have left.

Jaclyn said...

This is one of my all-time favorite songs! Although my favorite version is the one by Bobby Darin - which I first heard on one of the "Ultra Lounge" albums.

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Anonymous said...

Not to mention the many instrumental versions.

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