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Lyr Add: Speak Low (Nash, Weill)

Q (Frank Staplin) 18 Oct 08 - 03:43 PM
M.Ted 18 Oct 08 - 05:35 PM
Jon Bartlett 19 Oct 08 - 02:21 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Speak Low (Nash, Weill)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 03:43 PM

Lyr. Add: SPEAK LOW
Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill, 1943

Speak low, when you speak love
Our summer day withers away, too soon, too soon
Speak low, when you speak love
Our moment is swift, like ships adrift,
we're swept apart, too soon
Speak low, darling, speak low
Love is a spark, lost in the dark too soon, too soon

I feel, wherever I go that tomorrow is near
Tomorrow is here and always too soon;
Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time is a thief.
We're late, darling, we're late,
The curtain descends, ev'rything ends too soon, too soon
I wait, darling, I wait,
Will you speak low to me, speak love to me and soon.
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(I wait, darling I wait
Will you speak low to me,
Slow to me, oh, please,
Just don't say no to me
Let it flow to me, slow to me
Soon, soon, soon
Ooh, soon- darling speak low to me
Darling speak slow to me-
Oh....)
( )Add on by Barbara Streisand.

Song from "One Touch of Venus," lyrics by Ogden Nash, music by Kurt Weill, book by S. J. Perleman and Ogden Nash. It starred Mary Martin. Several U. S. and UK revivals.

Sung by many, including Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Sarah Vaughan.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Speak Low (Nash, Weill)
From: M.Ted
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 05:35 PM

A few years back, I went to see Smokey Robinson, who covered a whole bunch of his own hits, and then did this, saying something to the effect that it was written by one of the most important songwriters ever.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Speak Low (Nash, Weill)
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 02:21 AM

Carmen McRae did it too.

Jon Bartlett


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