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Thread #2240   Message #4202478
Posted By: GUEST
13-May-24 - 07:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: The Berry Tree (Saul Chaplin)
Subject: RE: Lyr ADD: The Berry Tree (Saul Chaplin)
FSM Online Liner Notes: Many Rivers to Cross

"The cornerstone of Mockridge’s sweeping Americana score is the merry song “The Berry Tree” by Saul Chaplin (a songwriter and executive on staff at M-G-M), inspired by the traditional folk song “The Next Big River.” Introduced as an anthem for Bushrod’s carefree lifestyle, the infectious tune quickly comes to represent Mary’s longing to be with the trapper; by the end of the film, the song embodies their mutual love."

" Main Title: For the opening credits, robust brass and hoedown string writing support a carefree vocal performance of the Saul Chaplin-composed song “The Berry Tree,” sung by Sheb Wooley. An aching string rendition of the melody follows for a card dedicating the film to the brave frontier women of America. The cue winds down playfully as young Miles Henderson (Darryl Hickman) pays a concerned visit to the family of his wife-to-be, Cissie (Betty Linn); she has lost interest in Miles now that handsome trapper Bushrod Gentry (Robert Taylor) has come to town."

"(instrumental):    This earlier recording of the “Main Title” features an instrumental of “The Berry Tree” in place of Sheb Wooley’s vocal."

" The Berry Tree    This extended version of “The Berry Tree” (performed by Sheb Wooley and orchestra) does not appear in the film. — Alexander Kaplan"