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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'll Remember April

By Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston & Don Raye
1942

Just got back from the new superhero film Captain America, and enjoyed hearing the Woody Herman recording of this song featured in the movie--which takes place during World War II. Introduced by Dick Foran in the Abbott & Costello picture Ride 'Em Cowboy, the melancholy tune became a big hit during the war years. It has since been recorded by countless artists, who favor it for its moody atmosphere and contemplative lyrics.

Lyrics:

This lovely day will lengthen into evening,
We'll sigh good-bye to all we've ever had,
Alone where we have walked together,
I'll remember April and be glad....

I'll be content, you loved me once in April,
Your lips were warm, and love an' spring were new,
But I'm not afraid of autumn, and her sorrow,
For I'll remember,
April and you!

The fire will dwindle into glowing ashes,
For flames and love live such a little while . . .
I won't forget, but I won't be lonely,
I'll remember April, and I'll smile . . .

The fire will dwindle into glowing ashes,
For flames and love live such a little while

I won't forget, but I won't be lonely
I'll remember April, and I'll smile . . .

I won't forget but I won't be lonely, no . . .
I'll remember April, and I'll smile!

Recorded By:

Chet Baker
Shirley Bassey
June Christy
Julie London
Frank Sinatra





2 comments:

emma wallace said...

Never heard this song before! The melody and chord changes are so beautiful.

B-Sol said...

I'd been familiar with it, but I was shocked to find that it originated in an Abbott & Costello movie!

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