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Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue? / Smilin' Through (Penn)

23 Sep 99 - 08:12 PM (#117076)
Subject: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Long ago there was someone I knew who sang a song about a couple who were getting on in years. She had "eyes of blue". He, the singer, speaks of how her hair has turned gray or silver and how his has too. I think there was something in it about a garden gate as well. It sounds like a song which may have been popular in the early part of this century and sounded to me like it might be from the British Isles (I can't honestly say whether English, Irish, Scottish but it didn't sound like it was native to the USA). I would like to find the lyrics. The title as listed in the thread heading may not be correct.


28 Sep 99 - 02:20 PM (#118538)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

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28 Sep 99 - 10:32 PM (#118716)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Musicman

Allen, there are lots of songs from that era in which the couple reminisce about being old. Do you have any more words that might help us out?

Musicman


30 Sep 99 - 08:11 PM (#119562)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Dennis Alexander

Runrig sing a song called "Forever Eyes of Blue" about three sons who love their Mum Aw!!


01 Oct 99 - 02:03 PM (#119814)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Wish I had more to go on too. I am just now remembering that the first or (maybe second) verse begins, "There's a little (brown?) house in the (something)."

I know this is really vague. But I had to at least ask the question.


10 Jan 01 - 06:24 PM (#372488)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

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10 Jan 01 - 06:29 PM (#372492)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Sorcha

Well, we know it's not 5'2, Eyes of Blue, so I will start from there......I'll go see what I can find.


10 Jan 01 - 06:38 PM (#372499)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Sorcha

I don't really think this is it, because it has nothing about a house, but it is all I could find besides 5'2. Sorry. (Site indicated has embedded chords that I can't re html)


10 Jan 01 - 07:01 PM (#372538)
Subject: Lyr Add: GOLDEN JUBILEE
From: Snuffy

It's not this one, is it?

GOLDEN JUBILEE

Way down in the County Kerry, in a spot they called Tralee,
A fine old couple they lived there, Kate and Pat Magee.
They were going to have a party on their Golden Jubilee.
Now Kate says she to Pat Magee, "Come listen here to me

Put on your old knee-breeches, your coat of emerald green,
Take off your hat, my darlin' Pat, and put on your old caubin.
For today's our golden wedding, and I'll have them all to know
Just how we looked when we were wed, fifty years ago.
Oh, well do I remember how we danced on the village green
You held me in your arms, dear Pat, and called me your cailín.
Your hair was like a raven's, but now it's turning grey.
Come over here, my sweetheart dear, and hear what I've to say.

Chorus

Well do I remember when first I was your bride,
In the little chapel on the hill where we stod side by side.
Of good friends we've had many, of troubles we've had few.
Come over here, my sweetheart dear, and here's what you must do.

Chorus


Wassail! V


10 Jan 01 - 07:12 PM (#372542)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Neither of those is it. Here is a summary of the lyrics as I remember them. Note that this is a collection of impressions and not the actual lyrics:

There's a little brown house at the top of the hill and the gate that leads to it rusted with age...the house has grown old as have you and I...your hair is now trimmed in silver and mine is gray too...yada yada yada eyes of blue.

As I said, I know I don't have much to go on but I thought I'd give it another try.


11 Jan 01 - 11:29 AM (#372765)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: GUEST

Semms I've heard those lyrics or something similar by Foster and Allen (in Ireland). I'll see if I can some up with something.


11 Jan 01 - 12:08 PM (#372798)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Bert

There's a little brown road winding over the hill
To a little white cot by the sea
There's a little green gate, at whose trellis I wait
Till two eyes of blue, come smiling through at me.

......(and one or more missing verses)...

And if ever I'm left in this world all alone
I shall wait for my call patiently
And if heaven be kind, I shall wake there to find
Those two eyes of blue, still smiling through at me.

Didn't we talk about this one once before Alan?

Bert. (I'll have to ask Dad, I'm sure he know it)


11 Jan 01 - 12:28 PM (#372821)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Yep, that's the one, Bert! And we did talk about it a long time ago and you said, "I'll have to ask Dad...". But we still weren't sure we were talking about the same song. Now we are.


11 Jan 01 - 01:25 PM (#372858)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Sarah2

Me mum says its name is "Smiling Through" and it's from the '20s.

Will put her to work on recalling all of it.

Sarah


11 Jan 01 - 04:24 PM (#372951)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Snuffy

Do I remember Bing Crosby recording this?


15 Jan 01 - 02:34 PM (#374997)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Bert

There's a grey lock or two in the brown of her hair.
There's some silver in mine too, I see.
But in all the long years as the clouds brought the tears,
those two eyes of blue kept smiling through at me.


15 Jan 01 - 08:18 PM (#375176)
Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY (Tom Lehrer)
From: NightWing

It's obviously NOT the one you're looking for, but any excuse to toss out a Lehrer tune.

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY
Tom Lehrer

Since I still appreciate you,
Let's find love while we may.
Because I know I'll hate you
When you are old and grey.

So say you love me here and now,
I'll make the most of that.
Say you love and trust me,
For I know you'll disgust me
When you're old and getting fat.

An awful debility,
A lessened utility,
A loss of mobility
Is a strong possibility.

In all probability
I'll lose my virility
And you your fertility
And desirability,

And this liability
Of total sterility
Will lead to hostility
And a sense of futility,

So let's act with agility
While we still have facility,
For we'll soon reach senility
And lose the ability.

Your teeth will start to go, dear,
Your waist will start to spread.
In twenty years or so, dear,
I'll wish that you were dead.

I'll never love you then at all
The way I do today.
So please remember,
When I leave in December,
I told you so in May.

I've also heard that last verse done:

I'll never love you then at all
In these words you can trust.
So please remember,
When I leave in December,
I told you in August.

*LOL*

BB,
NightWing


15 Jan 01 - 09:28 PM (#375211)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Thanks all. Sarah2, I did a search at the Lester Levy site and found "Smilin' Through" in all it's glory - or so I thought. Sadly, there was a glitch and they displayed the sheet music for a song called "So Long Letty" instead. I have sent them a note asking for a correction. I'll post something here when they get it fixed.

Thanks again - especially to Bert, his dad, and Sarah2 and her mum.


18 Jan 01 - 04:30 PM (#377211)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: GUEST,Jean

Bert and Sarah2 have the words I remember my mother singing in the 30's. and yes I think Crosby sang it, perhaps in one of his films.


18 Jan 01 - 04:36 PM (#377215)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: MMario

Allen - try box 154 item 139.

Here's SMILIN' THROUGH at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music.


18 Jan 01 - 04:40 PM (#377223)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Gee, now I'll never be able to sing this song with a straight face. I just got an image that perhaps the eyes of blue belonged to a goat.


18 Jan 01 - 04:43 PM (#377225)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: MMario

gee, I know the pciture of Jeanette McDonald isn't the most flattering - but a goat?


28 Feb 04 - 08:27 PM (#1126013)
Subject: Lyr Add: SMILIN' THROUGH (Arthur A. Penn)
From: Jim Dixon

From the sheet music at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

SMILIN' THROUGH
Words and Music by Arthur A. Penn, 1918.

There's a little brown road windin' over the hill
To a little white cot by the sea;
There's a little green gate
At whose trellis I wait,
While two eyes o' blue
Come smilin' through
At me!

There's a gray lock or two in the brown of the hair,
There's some silver in mine, too, I see,
But in all the long years
When the clouds brought their tears,
Those two eyes o' blue
Kept smilin' through
At me!

And if ever I'm left in this world all alone,
I shall wait for my call patiently,
For if Heaven be kind,
I shall wake there to find
Those two eyes o' blue
Still smilin' through
At me.


28 Feb 04 - 11:30 PM (#1126103)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: Allan C.

Thanks, Jim! I had totally forgotten to check back at the Levy site to see if they corrected the glitch. However, Willa found a different source for the lyrics and not only brought me a copy, but also sang it for me at last year's Yorkshire gathering.


28 Feb 04 - 11:32 PM (#1126107)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: LadyJean

Betty Boop sang a song that began, "He likes eyes of blue. I never cared for eyes of blue but he likes eyes of blue, so that's my weakness now." Is that any help?


29 Feb 04 - 10:40 AM (#1126155)
Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S MY WEAKNESS NOW (Green, Stept)
From: Allan C.

LadyJean, we have found the song I sought; but just in case someone should look here, I will post the lyrics to the song you mentioned. It and another version of it can be found here.


Transcribed from vocals by Helen Kane, recorded 7/16/1928,
From Helen Kane, the Original 'Boop-Boop a-Doop' Girl: Great Original Performances 1928 - 1930; Robert Parker's Classic Years in Digital Stereo, Louisiana Red Hot Records, RPCD-323,

Love, love, love, love,
Look what you've done to me!
The things I never missed,
Are things I can't resist!

Oh, love, love, love, love,
Isn't it plain to see,
I just had a change of heart,
What can it be?

He's got eyes of blue,
I never cared for eyes of blue,
But he's got eyes of blue,
And that's my weakness now!

He's got curly hair,
I never cared for curly hair,
But he's got curly hair,
And that's my weakness now!

Oh, my! Oh, me!
Oh, I should be good, I would be good,
But, gee!

He likes to bill and coo,
And I never cared to bill and coo,
But he likes to bill and coo,
So that's my weakness now!

He likes a saxophone,
I never cared for a saxophone,
But he likes a saxophone,
And that's my weakness now!

He likes those rainy days,
And I never cared for a rainy day,
But he likes a rainy day,
And that's my weakness now!

Oh, let it rain, let it pour,
'Cause I think he knows just what it's rainin' for!

He likes a long good-night,
And I never had a long good-night,
But he likes a long good-night,
So that's my weakness now!

And he likes boop-boop-a-doop,
And I never cared for boop-boop-a-doop
But he likes a boop-boop-a-doop,
So, that's my weakness now!

And he likes butt'n dutt'n da-da-da,
I never cared for butt'n dutt'n da-da-da,
But he likes but-dut-da-da,
So, that's my weakness now!

What's more, what's more,
Oh, I think he knows what but-dut-da is for!

And he likes boop-boop-a-doop,
I never cared for a boop-boop-a-doop
But he likes to boop-boop-a-doop,
That's my weakness now!

Ooh, that's my weakness now!


03 Mar 05 - 12:02 PM (#1426026)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: GUEST

Hi guys


03 Mar 05 - 12:09 PM (#1426029)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: GUEST,Ged

I'll try again
Hi everyone
I don't know who you are or this site- but I thank the power of the internet.
My Dad of 84 died last year and my Mum has been trying to remember their song from the 40s to put an inscription on his grave. Today she remembered enough of the lyrics for me to do a google and come up with Jim Dixon's lyrics of 'Smilin' Through'

Many thanks


03 Mar 05 - 11:32 PM (#1426485)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue??
From: LadyJean

Oh Good! Someone else has all the words to the Boop Boop Be Doop song. My mother taught it to me. Her version included the line, "And what's more! I think he knows what boop boop be doop is for!"


08 Jun 10 - 03:00 PM (#2923300)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue?? / Smilin' Through
From: GUEST,susan m

Nelson Eddy sings SMILIN' THROUGH


08 Jun 10 - 03:39 PM (#2923329)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue?? / Smilin' Through
From: Little Robyn

There was a British movie, I think from the 40s, about a couple/family separated during WW2, with a happy ending (of course).
We saw it in the mid 50s and it was quite dated then.
But I'm sure the movie was called 'Come Smiling Through' and that song featured in it.
There were several 'feel good' war movies that we saw then and they were all named after songs and had a similar theme of love, loss and then a reunion at the end.
I remember 'Dear Little Shamrock' and 'Danny Boy' as well and the latter had a little boy (was he named Danny?) who played a piano accordion and of course, play the tune. I was so impressed, I asked my Dad for one and that's when I took up a squeeze box.
Robyn


12 Mar 11 - 05:48 AM (#3112189)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue? / Smilin' Through (Penn)
From: GUEST

This was, as someone has pointed out, the Arthur A Penn song, 'Smiling Through'. The very best recording of this - I say this with deference to lovers of Richard Tauber - is by Jo Stafford. It can be seen on Youtube. The only problem I have with the photos that accompany it is that her smiling eyes lover is a GI, whereas the little white cot is so clearly from the British Isles. The song is beautiful and Jo's performance of it quite outstanding


12 Mar 11 - 05:57 AM (#3112194)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eyes of Blue? / Smilin' Through (Penn)
From: GUEST

Ref above. The youtube address is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yqPxxKTlDY

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