Ol’ Man River (1927) lyrics – music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Ol’ Man River is a song from the 1927 musical Show Boat that contrasts the struggles and hardships of African Americans with the endless, uncaring flow of the Mississippi River. It is sung from the point of view of a black stevedore on a showboat and is the most famous song from the show. It’s also featured in Till the Clouds Roll By.Read More »Ol’ Man River song lyrics [Show Boat]
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man song lyrics – by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, performed in ‘Till the Clouds Roll By, Showboat
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
Life Upon The Wicked Stage song lyrics – by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, performed in ‘Till the Clouds Roll By, Show Boat
Life upon the wicked stage ain’t ever what a girl supposes
Stage door Johny’s outraging over you with gems and roses
When you let a fella hold your hand which means an extra beer or sandwich
Everybody whispers, Ain’t her life a world?
Where’s the Mate for Me? song lyrics – by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, performed in Show Boat, ‘Till the Clouds Roll By
Who cares if my boat goes upstream,
Or if the gale bids me go with the river’s flow?
I drift along with my fancy
Sometimes I thank my lucky stars my hear is free.
And other times I wonder where’s the mate for me?
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.Read More »Till the Clouds Roll By
Some Enchanted Evening song lyrics (1949) from South Pacific
Lyrics to Some Enchanted Evening – a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘South Pacific’. In the show, 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.Read More »Some Enchanted Evening song lyrics