Thursday, March 30, 2006

Hoagy Carmichael



Another favorite, Stardust was the signature piece for Hoagy Carmichael, another man whom my dad resembled. The older they got, the more they looked alike. This was copyrighted in 1929, but I played this one often as a child.

The left side was repaired with contact paper, essentially ruining the value of the sheet music. But at least, it is intact.

Roxanne, at http://melange1.blogspot.com/ mentioned the words to these old songs, and how nice and uplifting they are. This one is no exception, and I love the story they tell:

"And now the purple dusk of twilight time
steals across the meadows of my heart,
high up in the sky the little stars climb,
always reminding me that we're apart.

You wandered down the lane and far away,
leaving me a song that will not die,
Love is now the star dust of yesterday,
The music of the years gone by.

Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely night,
dreaming of a song? The melody haunts my reverie,
and I am once again with you,
when our love was new, and each kiss an inspiration.

But that was long ago, now my consolation is in the star dust of a song.
Beside the garden wall, when stars are bright, you are in my arms,
the nightingale tells his fairy tale
of paradise where roses grew.
Though I dream in vain, in my heart it will remain:

My stardust melody, the memory of love's refrain."

They sure don't write 'em like that anymore!

7 comments:

Maria said...

Yes, another favorite of mine and you are right we probably were singing "Smoke gets in your Eyes" duets back in our teen years.

I have not grown very far away from that teen-ager. In the years of being a widow, loneliness was my constant companion then I met Bob and found myself humming, playing on the piano, and actually singing outloud, MY PRAYER. Do you remember that one?

My prayer is to linger with you
At the end of the day
In a dream that's divine...

My prayer is a rapture in blue
With the world far away
And your lips close to mine.

Tonight, while our hearts are aglow,
Oh, tell me the words that I'm longing to know...

My prayer and the answer you give,
May they still be the same for as long as we live,
That you'll always be there
At the end of my prayer

When the twilight is gone
And no songbird is singing
When the twilight is gone
You come into my heart
And here in my heart do you stay
While I pray

Tonight, while our hearts are aglow,
Oh, tell me the words that I'm longing to know...

My prayer and the answer you give,
May they still be the same for as long as we live,
That you'll always be there
At the end of my prayer

Chancy said...

I remember they lyrics to so many of those old songs and love to read them. We have Comcast Music Choice on our TV and I can tune into "Easy Listening" and when they play the melodies to so many of the oldies I find the lyrics humming in my brain and that is fun. Brings back pleasant memories.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Yes! Beautiful Beauitiful song...! What's so great about a song like this is that it will live for genrerations, as it already has, as long as there are people who appreciate truly GOOD songs...!

Peter said...

If you were to write down the lyrics to MOST of todays songs they would make no rhtthmic sense at all and lots would need a trip to the censors.

joared said...

"Stardust" is truly a beautiful tune with wonderfully dreamy lyrics.

Caught your comment on another blog about "Deep Purple" another great one I, too, thought of when I read your "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes." In the fifties can remember non-serious conversations about, " Just how deep is deep purple?"

Weary Hag said...

Stardust was the most recorded song in all of musical history until around 1970. I can't recall now what song topped it ... which speaks for itself! :)

Stardust is also Ed and my 'song' together. It was the first one he ever sang to me after reading about it on an old website I used to maintain.

Simply beautiful!

Colin (UK) said...

Maybe the song which overtook 'Star Dust' as most versions recorded was 'Yesterday'?