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Lyr Add: Ramona (Gilbert, Wayne)

Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Sep 09 - 02:15 PM
Genie 22 Sep 09 - 02:37 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Sep 09 - 03:51 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Sep 09 - 04:01 PM
Herga Kitty 22 Sep 09 - 05:56 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Ramona
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 02:15 PM

Search still down. Here is another old favorite of mine.

Lyr. Add: Ramona
L. Wolfe Gilbert and Mabel Wayne, 1927

Ramona,
I hear the mission bells above
Ramona,
They're ringing out our song of love.

I press you, caress you
And bless the day you taught me to care
I'll always remember the rambling rose
You wore in your hair.

Ramona,
When day is done you'll hear my call
Ramona,
We'll meet beside the waterfall.

I dread the dawn
When I awake to find you gone.
Ramona,
I made you my own.

(Repeats)
Ramona,
When day is done, you'll hear my call
Ramona
We'll meet beside the waterfall.

I dread the dawn
When I awake to find you gone
Ramona,
I made you my own.

From the film starring Dolores del Rio and based on the Helen Hunt Jackson novel.


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Subject: RE: Video link add: Ramona
From: Genie
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 02:37 PM

Thanks for posting the lyrics and songwriter info, Q. I frequently get requests for this song at retirement homes, and though I'm familiar with it, I didn't know the lyrics or tune well enough to add it to my repertoire.

Here is a YouTube video of "Ramona" performed by Blue Diamonds.

Their arrangement is a bit more pop-rock-ified than the original from the movie or the early recordings, but it does show the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ramona
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 03:51 PM

Genie, the song was written in waltz time. Also on youtube is Dolores del Rio, original soundtrack. A Much better rendition.

She had a rather heavy accent, thus didn't survive the transition to talking films, except in this classic film, and the great musical, "Flying Down to Rio" (Rio by the sea-o) where she played a Brazilian. She continued in films, but mostly in Mexican productions.

Ramona Del Rio

?"I need you, my own" - she sings this instead of "I made you my own." I think it is better.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ramona
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 04:01 PM

Also on youtube is Argentine legend Carlos Gardel singing in Spanish.

Ramona Gardel

Both this and the Del Rio recordings include the introduction, which I did not post.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ramona
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 05:56 PM

I saw the thread title, and just immediately thought of the 60's Irish version, by Con and Dec McCluskey, The Bachelors .

Kitty


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