Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday afternoon tunes: I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you

Frank Sinatra recorded this tune (music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal) 71 years ago today, with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, for a 10" disk titled "Fabulous Frankie."

Written in 1938, recorded by Sinatra in 1940, and eventually covered by everyone from Jimmy Durante to Billie Holiday to Fun Lovin' Criminals, the song's theme of casual farewell made it popular in both England and America during World War II. The lyrics included this seldom-heard tee-up:

Cathedral bells were tolling and our hearts sang on;
Was it the spell of Paris or the April dawn?
Who knows if we shall meet again?
But when the morning chimes ring sweet again...
I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places [etc.]

(Dedicated to the crew of the Discovery on her last mission. We'll be looking at the moon, but we'll be seeing you.)

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