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1) Take my hand
I'm a stranger in paradise
All lost in a wonderland
A stranger in paradise
If I stand starry-eyed
That's a danger in paradise
For mortals who stand beside
An angel like you
I saw your face
And I ascended
Out of the commonplace
Into the rare
Somewhere in space
I hang suspended
Until I know
There's a chance that you care
Won't you answer the fervent prayer
Of a stranger in paradise
Don't send me in dark despair
From all that I hunger for
But open your angel's arms
To the stranger in paradise
And tell him
That he need be
A stranger no more!
"Stranger in Paradise" is a popular song from the 1953 musical Kismet and is credited to Robert Wright and George Forrest. Like all the music in that show, the melody was based on music composed by Alexander Borodin, in this case, the "Gliding Dance of the Maidens," from the Polovtsian Dances.
Richard Kiley and Doretta Morrow (Man of La Mancha and The King and I) performed the song in the original cast of Kismet. Vic Damone and Ann Blyth performed the song in the 1955 film.
Bing Crosby versions in 1953.
The most popular version was sung by Tony Bennett (1953), but other versions by The Four Aces and Tony Martin also received popular favor in 1954. Bennett's version reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in May 1955. It was not until 1955 that Kismet, and thus the songs from the show, came to London. It was Bennett's debut hit record in the United Kingdom.
Keely Smith, Ray Conniff, Wes Montgomery, George Shearing, Curtis Counce, Isaac Hayes, Sun Ra, The Supremes (for their album I Hear A Symphony), Sarah Brightman, and Saint Etienne have also recorded cover versions of this standard.
The song was also featured in the video game Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius for the PlayStation. Not only did it appear as background music in Parodius, it was also featured in Ape Escape 3 on the Saru-Mon's (Immobile) Castle stage.
In the 1999 film, Breakfast of Champions, based on the book of the same name by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., the song is used as a recurring motif.
It also appeared in an anime, Absolute Boy, as a ringtone.
Violinist André Rieu also made an orchestral cover of this song. It is also used in the rap song Prince Igor by The Rapsody, Warren G and Sissel - Wikipedia
2) Laura is the face in the misty light
Footsteps that you hear down the hall
The LAUGH that floats on a summer night
That you can never quite recall
And you see Laura on a train that is passing through
Those eyes how familiar they seem
She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura but she's only a dream
She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura
But she's only a dream!
"Laura" is a 1945 popular song composed by David Raksin, with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer from the 1944 movie starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. It has since become a jazz standard with over four hundred known recordings. The best known versions are by Billy Eckstine & Bobby Tucker Quartet, Charlie Parker, J. J. Johnson, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra and Julie London (included on her album Julie Is Her Name). It was adapted from the theme of the 1944 film, Laura.
Eric Winstone and His Band Song: Alan Lane. Recorded in London on June 6, 1945. It was released by EMI on the HMV Records label as catalogue number BD 5893
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook (1964)
Dick Haymes - The Very Best of Dick Haymes (1997)
Frank Sinatra - From his album Where Are You?
Trini Lopez - From his album The Love Album
Charlie Parker - From his album Charlie Parker with Strings
Percy Faith - orchestral version from the album A Summer Place
3) Oh, you can kiss me on a Monday a Monday a Monday
is very very good
Or you can kiss me on a Tuesday a Tuesday a Tuesday
in fact I wish you would
Or you can kiss me on a Wednesday a Thursday a
Friday and Saturday is best
But never ever on a Sunday a Sunday a Sunday
cause that's my day of rest
Most anyday you can be my guest
Anyday you say but my day of rest
Just name the day that you like the best
Only stay away on my day of rest
Oh, you can kiss me on a cool day a hot day a wet day
which ever one you choose
Or try to kiss me on a grey day a May day a pay day
and see if I refuse
And if you make it on a bleake day a freak day or a week day
Well you can be my guest
But never ever on a Sunday a Sunday the one day
I need a little rest
Oh, you can kiss me on a week day a week day a week day
the day to be my guest!
"Never on Sunday", also known as "Ta Paidia Tou Piraia" (Greek: Τα Παιδιά του Πειραιά; English: The Children of Piraeus) is a popular song by Manos Hadjidakis. A vocal version was also released and performed by Melina Mercouri in the film of same name directed by Jules Dassin and starring Mercouri. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1960, a first for a foreign-language picture. The film score to the movie was first released on October 1, 1960 by United Artists Records. The song has since been covered by numerous artists, and has gained various degrees of success throughout the world.
The song has been covered in a number of languages since its release:
Greek (as Τα Παιδιά του Πειραιά) by Melina Mercouri, Nana Mouskouri, Andy Williams, and Pink Martini.
English: An orchestral version recorded by Don Costa reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960, while it also remained on the chart into 1961. His version also peaked at #27 in the UK Singles Chart.
Following the success of the orchestral version as well as the Oscar win, an English language version of the song was commissioned to be written especially to match the title of the film. The lyrics to the English version of the song were written by Billy Towne. A vocal cover of the song by The Chordettes reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961. It was also covered by Bing Crosby, Done Costa, Lena Horne, Doris Day, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Petula Clark, Lale Andersen, and The Chordettes, plus as an instrumental by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
Italian (as Uno A Te, Uno A Me) by Dalida and Milva.
French (as Les Enfants du Pirée) by Melina Mercouri, Darío Moreno and Dalida.
German: Lale Andersen scored a number one hit in 1960 with the German language version of the song titled "Ein Schiff wird kommen". It was also covered by Dalida, Lys Assia, Nana Mouskouri, and Melina Mercouri.
Yiddish (as Af zyntik - neyn) by The Barry Sisters.
Czech (as Děti z Pirea, 1962) by Milan Chladil & Yvetta Simonová.
Spanish (as Los Niños del Pireo) by Dalida. "Nunca en Domingo" by Xiomara Alfaro.
Serbian (as Деца Пиреја) by Lola Novaković and Ljiljana Petrović.
Croatian (as Nikad nedjeljom) by Ksenia Prohaska.
Slovenian (as Otroci Pireja) by Helena Blagne.
English/Spanish (as No Tengo Dinero) by Los Umbrellos, based on the melody.
Dutch (as Waarom ben jij nooit op zondag vrij) by Mieke Telkamp, based on the melody.
Cantonese (as 兩爺仔) by Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Sandra Ng, Ronald Cheng, Gordon Lam, Suzanne Chung, Cherrie Ying and Lam Chi-chung in the film Dance of a Dream (愛君如夢). The title song roughly translates "Father and son".
Mandarin (as 別在星期天) by Teresa Teng. The title translates as "Never on a Sunday."
Polish (as Dzieci Pireusu) by Maria Koterbska and duo of actors Hanna Śleszyńska & Jacek Wójcicki.
The song was used again in the 2005 movie Munich.
James Hill, a Canadian ukulele player, recorded a version of the song on ukulele for his album A Flying Leap.
Nia Vardalos sang a snippet of the Greek version in her 2009 film My Life in Ruins.
Los Umbrellos, a Danish musical group, used it as a base for their 1998 signature song, "No Tengo Dinero".
This song was sung on the Muppet Show by Miss Piggy and Greek pigs, complete with smashing plates.
4) Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger,
you may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
And somehow you know,
You know even then
That somewhere you'll see her
Again and again.
Some enchanted evening
Someone may be laughin',
You may hear her laughin'
Across a crowded room
And night after night,
As strange as it seems
The sound of her laughter
Will sing in your dreams.
Who can explain it?
Who can tell you why?
Fools give you reasons,
Wise men never try.
Some enchanted evening
When you find your true love,
When you feel her call you
Across a crowded room,
Then fly to her side,
And make her your own
Or all through your life you
May dream all alone.
Once you have found her,
Never let her go.
Once you have found her,
Never let her go!
"Some Enchanted Evening" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
In the musical, it is sung as a solo by Emile de Becque, the French plantation owner, who falls in love with the American navy nurse Nellie Forbush. In this song he sings of seizing the moment so that it won't slip away. In the original Broadway production, it was sung by the operatic bass Ezio Pinza.
In the film version, the song is sung by Giorgio Tozzi, who dubbed for Rossano Brazzi.
According to the running commentary on the DVD release of South Pacific, this song provides an example of Oscar Hammerstein II's use of verbs in a song. The DVD commentary mentions that Lehman Engel remembered how Hammerstein wanted to write a song based around verbs, but waited ten years to do so before he wrote this song.
The song made former Metropolitan Opera bass Ezio Pinza a favorite with audiences and listeners who normally did not attend or listen to opera.
Selected recorded versions:
Ezio Pinza (recorded April 18, 1949, Original Broadway cast recording of South Pacific)
Perry Como (1949)
Frank Sinatra (1949)
Jo Stafford (1949)
Bing Crosby (1949)
Al Jolson (1949)
Eddie Calvert (1951)
Giorgio Tozzi (1958 for the film soundtrack, 1967 for the Lincoln Center revival cast recording with Florence Henderson)
Carl Mann (1960)
Jay and the Americans (1965)
Jane Olivor, on her debut album, First Night (1976)
José Carreras (1986) for a studio cast recording of South Pacific with Kiri Te Kanawa, Mandy Patinkin and Sarah Vaughan
Barbra Streisand (from her 1993 album Back to Broadway)
The Temptations (1995, For Lovers Only)
Bryn Terfel - Something Wonderful: Bryn Terfel Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein (1996)
Philip Quast for the 2002 London revival cast recording of South Pacific
Paulo Szot - South Pacific (The New Broadway Cast) (2008)
Harry Connick, Jr. (from his 2009 album Your Songs)
Alfie Boe, on his 2010 album, Bring Him Home
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