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Lyr Req: Pagan Love Song (N H Brown, A Freed) 16 Sep 99 - 06:18 PM
Jim Dixon 16 Apr 10 - 01:58 PM
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Subject: 'Amber hills are calling'
Date: 16 Sep 99 - 06:18 PM

My mom's had this song running through her head, for months now, but she can't figure out where it comes from! The rest of what she remembers is this:

Amber hills are calling, to them we belong, and we'll cheer each other, With the pagan love song.

She has childhood roots in the mid-west so I thought it might be a high-school song perhaps. (Mixing amber hills of grain with strict upbringing and youthful exuberance). Well, that's fanciful I suppose. Anyone know of it?


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Subject: Lyr Add: PAGAN LOVE SONG (Brown/Freed)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 01:58 PM

Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed, 1929

Where the golden sunbeams
And the lazy land dreams
All the happy years through,
You'll belong to me and I to you.

Come with me where moonbeams light Tahitian skies
And the starlit waters linger in your eyes.
Native hills are calling. To them we belong,
And we'll cheer each other with the pagan love song.

The song was written in 1929 for a part-sound, part-silent film "The Pagan," where it was sung by Ramon Novarro and Dorothy Janis.

The 78-rpm Discographical Project lists around 100 recordings, and around 220 (many of these are duplicates, that is, the same recording appearing on different albums).

It was used again in the 1950 Esther Williams film "Pagan Love Song," and sung by Howard Keel.

There are several versions of this on YouTube. The one by Franklyn Baur has the verse as well as the chorus.

Also recorded by The Andrews Sisters, Chet Atkins, Bob Crosby, Ted Heath, Harry James, Howard Keel, Glenn Miller, Anita O'Day, and many others.

The Virgin Prunes recorded a different song with the same title.

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