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Lyr Req: Rio Rita (McCarthy, Tierney)

Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Sep 09 - 08:49 PM
masato sakurai 15 Sep 09 - 10:06 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 16 Sep 09 - 06:42 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 16 Sep 09 - 07:10 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 16 Sep 09 - 07:54 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 17 Sep 09 - 06:12 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 17 Sep 09 - 06:43 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 17 Sep 09 - 07:07 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Sep 09 - 03:29 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 17 Sep 09 - 03:50 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Sep 09 - 06:00 PM
Charley Noble 18 Sep 09 - 12:35 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 19 Sep 09 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 08:49 PM

I would like the lyrics to this old song (1929) from the musical film.
The tune suddenly surfaced in my memory, and can't be exorcized without the lyrics. Help!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: masato sakurai
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 10:06 PM

"Rio Rita" sung by Richard Crooks from the all talking picture Rio Rita (1929) is on YouTube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 06:42 PM

Thanks, Masato. I found the Crooks recording on youtube, after posting my request.
It is much as I remember it; but don't know if it matches the sheet music.
I will transcribe and post it; Crooks had good diction although he exaggerated the 'roll of the 'R'.

Crooks sang French and Italian roles with the Metropolitan Opera, and sang both operatic and old favorite popular songs on the famous radio show, "Voice of Firestone."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 07:10 PM

The recording is not too well-preserved. I couldn't understand much of the introduction. The following is the core; I may have mis-heard parts of lines which are questioned (?)

Rio Rita,
Life is sweeter, Rita, when you are near.
Rio Rita,
Life completer, Rita, to have you, dear. (near?)
All I ask from above
Is one day you will (?) reach the same(?), I love you
Rio Rita
Señorita, hear me, my heart.
[Repeat from] All I ask from above ...

Help would be appreciated!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 07:54 PM

I haven't time to give it a good listen now, but the verse is something like this:

At night the river Rio Grande
On silver sand,
That's where I found you
And now my heart's at your command
Wants to be near your hand,
Lingering round you.
For love like mine isn't only ?burning
Give me one sign, tell me you are yearning, learning.


Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 06:12 AM

Also in the the chorus I think the 2nd line is:

  Life's completer, Rita, to have you, here

and the 3rd:

  Is one day your lips will say I love you.


Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 06:43 AM

I've just had another listen. The verse should start:

  Down by the river Rio Grande

I now think the last word of the penultimate line of the verse is turning, but I'm not sure it fits well with the start of the line; I may have that wrong.

and the last lines of the chorus:

  Señorita, here is my heart.


I've put my current version below.

Mick



RIO RITA
(Tierney, McCarthy)


Down by the river Rio Grande
On silver sand,
That's where I found you
And now my heart's at your command
Wants to be near your hand,
Lingering round you.
For love like mine isn't only turning
Give me one sign, tell me you are yearning, learning

Rio Rita,
Life is sweeter, Rita, when you are near.
Rio Rita,
Life's completer, Rita, to have you, here
All I ask from above
Is one day your lips will say I love you
Rio Rita
Señorita, here is my heart.

[Repeat from] All I ask from above ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 07:07 AM

I now think that penultimate verse line is:

  For love like mine, is there no returning?

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:29 PM

Mick, your efforts are much appreciated.

My hearing is not too good, and I have trouble transcribing these old recordings.
I was six when the film came out, and my grandparents had the recording; I often listened to their big old phonograph. There was a screen in front of the horn, and during prohibition, a couple of bottles of smuggled Canadian whiskey were kept there- it didn't bother the tone overmuch. Many memories of those times.

The lyrics don't seem to be in the net.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:50 PM

Q - I generally run these things through SoundForge to remove the noise and crackles; it makes things easier! I also slow down difficult bits (sometimes that helps, sometimes not - you can usually get the number of syllables more easily, but the sounds can get distorted). I also sometimes try different EQ (that's what I did for that last line I posted - emphasising different bits of the spectrum until I could get a reasonable version).

I'm pretty certain that last version is very close to the actual text if not exact. As you say it doesn't seem to be on the net. (I did have a Russian site bookmarked that had lyrics to lots of musicals and I was going to check there last night, but the site seems to have gone).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 06:00 PM

If my daughter or grandson were here, I might be able to do some of these things, but I remain a hopeless Ludite- so my thanks to you.

I expect many of the sites with post-1923 lyrics will disappear unless authorized by composers or their organizations to post them.

I hope the hammer will not descend on Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 12:35 PM

Mick-

Very nice work!

One wonders if Rio Rita might have been the grandmother of lovely Rita, the meter maid.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rio Rita
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 11:04 AM

Thanks Charley.

As a singer of traditional songs I naturally have a great love of the musicals of the 30s! I only need to hear Cap'n Andy bringing in the Cotton Blossom or get my invitation through the mail and I'm set for the afternoon.

Mick


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