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Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)

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Q (Frank Staplin) 06 Aug 13 - 04:42 PM
Joe Offer 07 Aug 13 - 12:07 AM
Joe Offer 07 Aug 13 - 12:20 AM
John on the Sunset Coast 07 Aug 13 - 12:46 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Aug 13 - 01:58 PM
GUEST,ainol 08 Aug 13 - 05:06 AM
Leadbelly 08 Aug 13 - 11:33 AM
PHJim 09 May 15 - 05:41 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Marie (Berlin)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Aug 13 - 04:42 PM

Irving Berlin, 1928

There's a gleam in your eyes, Marie,
And the meaning is plain to see,
But you'll find romance
Is a game of chance
That's not all it seems to be.

Marie, the dawn is breaking
Marie, you'll soon be waking,
To find, your heart is breaking(1)
And tears will fall as you recall
The moon, in all its splendor,
The kiss, so very tender,
The words, "Will you surrender,"
To me, my Marie.

(1) Sometimes sung as "aching."

Song written by Irving Berlin for Vilma Banky, for her film "The Awakening," 1928. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Hugo Riesenfeld also wrote music for the film.
The film is lost.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 12:07 AM

Never in a million years, would I have guessed that this was an Irving Berlin song. I find that it was published in 1928 and popularized by Rudy Vallee. Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra did a recording in 1937, changing the time signature from 3/4 to 4/4 and making it a foxtrot (video-click). But I think I first heard this song on the 1965 recording by the Bachelors (video - click).

Good find, Q.


P.S. Gee, this is fun exploring these Irving Berlin songs. I dare y'all to find a YouTube recording of this song as it was originally written, with the verse. Even Dorsey didn't include the verse. I do want to call attention to this video: - nice guitar work.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 12:20 AM

I answered my own question. Here's a very nice recording of the complete song by Al Bowlly: I gather from other sources that it was recorded in 1938. What a gem!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 12:46 AM

I first heard this song recorded by a group called then Four Tunes about 1953 or any rate I was in Jr. High, then. It may have been backed by Toujour L'Amour Toujour. I probably had heard the song earlier on the radio, but this early R & B recording was the one that implanted the song in my brain.

Hear it here:
and it was 1953.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 01:58 PM

The recording by Al Bowlly brought back memories. My grandmother had that recording, and several he made with Ray Noble's orchestra.

Ray Noble moved to the States, with Al Bowlly and a couple of his English band members. He was a fixture in the Rainbow Room in New York; I remember hearing broadcasts from there on the radio.

The Rainbow Room, high up in Rockefeller Plaza, has been declared a New York landmark. It is possible that it may re-open sometime.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: GUEST,ainol
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 05:06 AM

ainol professional brand website !

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: Leadbelly
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 11:33 AM

In 1907, Berlin wrote another song about Marie (from sunny Italy). Has been his absolutely first song written, they say so.

(Taken from

Marie From Sunny Italy
Original Publication 1907 by Jos. W. Stern & Co.

[Verse 1]
Oh, Ma-rie, 'neath the win-dow I'm wait-ing
Oh, Ma-rie please don't be so ag-ra-va-ting
Can't you see my heart just yearns for you, dear,
With fond af-fec-tion, And love that's true, dear?

Meet me while the Sum-mer moon is beam-ing,
For you and me the lit-tle stars are gleam-ing
Please come out to-night my queen,
Can't you hear my man-do-lin?

My sweet Ma-rie from Sun-ny It-a-ly,
Oh, how I do love you,
Say that you'll love me, love me, too,
For-ev-er more I will be true,

Just say the word and I will mar-ry you,
And then you'll sure-ly be,
My sweet Ma-rie from Sun-ny It-a-ly.

[Verse 2]
Oh, Ma-rie, I've been wait-ing so pa-tient-ly.
Oh, Ma-rie, please come out and I shall hap-py be,
Raise your win-dow, love, and say you're com-ing;
The lit-tle birds, dear, Are sweet-ly hum-ming;

Don't say "No," my sweet I-tal-ian Beau-ty,
There's not an-oth-er maid-en e'er could suit me,
Come out, love, don't be a-fraid,
Lis-ten to my se-re-nade,

[Repeat Chorus]

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Marie (Irving Berlin)
From: PHJim
Date: 09 May 15 - 05:41 PM

I'd love to learn some chords to this... preferably in C.

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