Monday, May 4, 2009

No Matter What the Future Brings...

This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension
Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension
And no matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed
You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by
And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by
Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny
Well, it's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by
Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by

My favorite rendition of this timeless (sorry for the pun!) song was by Arthur "Dooley" Wilson, who played Sam in Casablanca.

Here's a second beautiful version by Barbra Streisand in one of the funniest screwball comedies ever, What's Up, Doc?

I'll bet you never heard of the composer, Herman Hupfeld. My informants at Wikipedia tell us

Herman Hupfeld (February 1, 1894June 8, 1951) was an American songwriter. His most notable composition was "As Time Goes By" (from the film Casablanca but this song was written in 1931 for the Broadway show "Everybody's Welcome", which ran for 139 performances).

Hupfeld never wrote a whole Broadway score, but he became known as a composer who could write a song to fit a specific scene within a Broadway show.

His best known songs include "Sing Something Simple", "Let's Put Out The Lights (And Go To Sleep)", "When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba", "Are You Making Any Money?", "Savage Serenade", "Down the Old Back Road", "A Hut in Hoboken", "Night Owl", "Honey Ma Love", "Baby's Blue", "Untitled" and "The Calinda".

Maybe you've heard of some of those songs, but I sure haven't. Despite his prowess in writing such romantic lyrics as Woman needs man And man must have his mate, poor Herman had no mate. He died a bachelor in 1951 at the age of 55.


themom said...

Poor Herman, such beautiful words and yet alone. I have an award for you over at my site. I hope you like it!

La Belette Rouge said...

That is so sad to learn about Herman. I guess longing creates great art.

Rachel Fox said...

Of course 'bachelor' can cover lots of other options!

Miss Healthypants said...

Hmmm, I've never really listened to all the words of that song.

Some songs are quite timeless, indeed. Thanks for sharing. :)

Fantastic Forrest said...

themom - thanks! What's interesting is that Professor X had the same reaction you did. He said "that's sad." I figured he'd say "lucky dog!" Guess our marriage must be pretty good if he thinks this way. :)

La Belette Rouge - you may be right!

Rachel - I wondered about that. But I couldn't find a whisper of anything else other than that he lived alone. There was one sight which claimed he'd proposed to actress Helen Hayes and she turned him down and married someone else.

Miss H - I think a lot of sung/filmed renditions don't include the beginning part. Perfect for my blog, though!