You see, I have not forgotten The song you used to sing me. Did you enjoy this piece? We are member-supported, so your donation is critical to KCRW's music programming, news reporting, and cultural coverage.
Help support the DJs, journalists, and staff of the station you love. Music News. Written by Tom Schnabel Sep. Which one do you prefer? It's a very tender performance, with Sinatra a little more conversational than on the record.
As Frank himself once said:. In that Festival Hall performance - especially on the close "Autumn Leaves start to fall" - he certainly lives up to the latter half of that assessment. It would be another two decades before the logic of the Jenkins arrangement was taken to its ultimate conclusion. He had a funny man as his opening act: the great Dane, Victor Borge. But Borge was a musical comedian, Autumn Leaves - Various - 25 Jahre Schlagerparade - Instrumental (Vinyl, and Sinatra was a great fan, and someone figured it would be great if they could do a bit together.
And, when you're looking for big laughs, what's funnier than "Autumn Leaves", right? So Borge sat at the piano and Sinatra stood at the microphone, and off they went with the Jenkins chart.
And on that first shivery fill after "The falling leaves" And another on "drift by the window". And more on "The autumn leaves". Most of them on top of Borge at the keyboard.
And through it all, as Victor's getting buried behind him, Sinatra's the perfect straight man, singing with deadly seriousness - until right at the end, when Borge pushes his piano away from the leaves and cowers underneath it, at which point Frank cracks up.
You don't have to be literally buried by falling leaves to know what it's like to feel an autumnal melancholy. Most of us at one point or another have felt in an October dusk a shiver in the breeze, a chill in the bones, and connected Autumn Leaves - Various - 25 Jahre Schlagerparade - Instrumental (Vinyl to something more than just the turn of the seasons. You feel it's a commentary not just on age and foliage, but on musical losses, too.
Al Schmitt, Dylan's engineer, described how, at the start of each song, the band would assemble in the studio and listen to Sinatra's record:. The thing is he would listen to the song over and over again and get Sinatra's kind of intentions on what he was doing with the song and then he would go in — he would only do two or three takes on each tune — but he would make it his own. And nothing to do with Sinatra. He just learned what the song was about. Johnny Mercer said that "Autumn Leaves" brought him more money than any other song in his catalogue.
Today it fulfills a similar function for Paul McCartney, whose MPL Communications owns the publishing rights, ensuring that, should everything else dry up, Sir Paul will still be reasonably comfortable when he's But across the Channel "Les feuilles mortes" evokes among the French not only lost love but a broader loss, a nostalgia for France in the post-liberation years of the mid-Forties, a time when in hindsight Life was more beautiful, and the sun more brilliant than today.
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Submission of reader comments is restricted to Mark Steyn Club members only. If you are not yet a member, please click here to join. If you are already a member, please log in here:. Not yet a member of the Mark Steyn Club? Join now! Tweets by MarkSteynOnline. You bet: The autumn wind and the winter wind Have come and gone And still the days, those lonely days Go on and on. You don't have to be moonstruck or in love at all to feel a certain melancholy when autumn nips the air, as it does this very week: The falling leaves Drift by the window The Autumn Leaves Of red and gold Which means, more or less: Dead leaves are collected by the shovelful Memories and regrets, too And the north wind carries them Into the cold night of the forgotten Or in English: Dead leaves are collected by the shovelful Memories and regrets, too But my love, silent and faithful, Still smiles and is grateful to life Whereas the chorus — the part the English-speaking world knows today as "Autumn Leaves" — is much more general: C'est une chanson Qui nous ressemble Toi, tu m'aimais Et je t'aimais The French chorus is heavily rhymed: C'est une chanson Qui nous ressemble Mercer, by contrast, uses just two rhymes in the whole lyric: the leaves of "red and gold" are paired with the hands "I used to hold", and then in the song's release: Since you went away the days grow long And soon I'll hear old winter's song Mercer knew the imagery was strong enough that it didn't need to Autumn Leaves - Various - 25 Jahre Schlagerparade - Instrumental (Vinyl underpinned LP) a lot of rhymes, and the song concludes on an unrhymed word that underlines the season: But I miss you most of all, my darling When Autumn Leaves start to fall.
And then Sinatra enters: The falling leaves So, in all the years I've loved this record, I've never been quite LP) about the orchestral fills between Frank's lines: The falling leaves As Frank himself once said: A Johnny Mercer lyric is all the wit you wish you had and all the love you ever lost. Contest winner 2nd edition.
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