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Song lyrics to Why Was I Born? (1929) music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Why Was I Born?

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Song lyrics to Why Was I Born? (1929) music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Why Was I Born?” is a 1929 song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was written for the show “Sweet Adeline” (1929).

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In Person [Ginger Rogers]

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In Person (1935) starring Ginger Rogers, George Brent


In Person is the story of Miss Carol Corliss, a beautiful movie star so insecure about her fame, that she goes around in disguise. She later meets a rugged outdoors man who is unaffected by her star status. And pursued by her frequent co-star, who likes her. But doesn’t respect her acting ability.

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Look for the Silver Lining

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Look for the Silver Lining song lyrics – by Jerome Kern, J. Lawrence Cook – performed in ‘Till the Clouds Roll By

As I wash my dishes, I’ll be following a plan
Till I see the brightness in every pot and pan
I am sure this point of view will ease the daily grind
So I’ll keep repeating in my mind

Look for the silver lining
Whenever a cloud appears in the blue
Remember somewhere the sun is shining
And so the right thing to do is make it shine for you

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Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man

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Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man song lyrics – by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, performed in ‘Till the Clouds Roll ByShowboat

Oh listen, sister
I love my mister man and I can’t tell you why
Dere ain’t no reason why I should love dat man
It must be sumpin’ dat de angels done plan
De chimbley’s smokin’
De roof is leakin’ in
But he don’t seem to care
He can be happy
With jes’ a sip of gin
I even loves him when his kisses got gin

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Till the Clouds Roll By

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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) starring Robert Walker, Van Heflin, Paul Langton, Dorothy Patrick

A fictionalized biography of composer Jerome Kern, that begins with a short version of his famous Show Boat musical, with much of his life told in flashback, including his partnership with Oscar Hammerstein. It’s historical accuracy is poor, but Till the Clouds Roll By makes up for it with numerous musical numbers by the great singers of the day.

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