Sunday, 16 October 2011

MY HIT LIST-CRY ME A RIVER

Julie London

The other night I went to see a couple of friends perform some Jazz. Part of the evening involved a couple of guest singers joining the boys on stage. One of them sang Cry me a river and hearing it reminded me of what a great song it is. Arthur Hamilton originally wrote it for Ella Fitzgerald in 1953 but the version that made the song a hit and a standard was Julie London's.
It's a haunting and evocative song that is of the 'they don't make 'em like that anymore' variety.
Julie London-The Girl can't help it

Now you say you're lonely
You cry the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Now you say you're sorry
For being so untrue
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, I remember, all that you said
You told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and

Now you say you love me
Well, just to prove that you do
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river...over you...

and here are three very different versions

Michael Buble
Barbra Streisand
Ella Fitzgerald

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