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Chi Si Vuol Bene Come Noi…

Today the extra song that Shirley Bassey did at Midem Festival for her second performance at the Monte Carlo Sporting club in 1970. She came, saw and conquered the difficult Monte Carlo audience and had them eating out of her hand.  Chi Si Vuol Bene Come Noi. (Special thanks to Andre for the sheet music)  The seventies was her golden decade in show bussiness when her career really took off

Chi Si Vuol Bene Come Noi…
(Those Who Love Each Other As We Do…)
Music written by Domenico Modugno and lyrics written by V. Pallavicini.

Released 1968 on the Italian album La Vita and on an Italian Single (UA 3152, with “Epirops” on the B-side). On the single “Canzonissima ’68” is noted which refers to this Italian music festival, where Shirley Bassey’s performance of this song had been a big success 1968.

Lyrics
(with English translation)

Febbre di luna sulla mia facia
Moon fever upon my face
Come avessi bevuto un po’
As if I were a little drunk
Guardo la gente
I look at the people
Sembra che tutti
It seems that everybody
Che tutti sappiano di me
That everybody knows about me
Di me, di te
About me, about you

Chi si vuol bene come noi lo sa
Those who love each other as we do, they know
Che un giorno o l’altro ti succede
That soon or later it may happen
Di amare tanto da morire
To love so much up to the point
E non capire se esiste il mondo
Of not understanding if the world exists

Chi si vuol bene come noi lo sa
Those who love each other as we do, they know
Che amare è dare la tua vita
That loving means to give away your own life
Tutta la vita in un momento
Your whole life just in a moment
Anche se dopo, dopo non vivi più
Even if later, later you can’t live anymore
Ma almeno questo è vivere
But at least that’s living

Chi si vuol bene come noi lo sa
Those who love each other as we do, they know

Chi si vuol bene come noi lo sa
Those who love each other as we do, they know
Che amare è dare la tua vita
That loving means to give away your own life
Tutta la vita in un momento
Your whole life just in a moment
Anche se dopo, dopo non vivi più
Even if later, later you can’t live anymore
Ma almeno questo è vivere
But al least that’s living
È vivere… è vivere
That’s living… that’s living

(Transcribed and translated by Francesco)

Cover of the single

Below the studio version of the song

Newspaper article from 1970
Dame Shirley pictured with Prince Rainier of Monaco at a charity gala

 

FROM THE ARCHIVE 381 -1968-

A Time For Us (From Romeo and Juliet) is a great song from the 1968 This Is My Life album.

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Sheet Music 1968 A Time For Us

Lyrics:

A time for us, some day there’ll be
When chains are torn by courage born of a love that’s free
A time when dreams so long denied can flourish
As we unveil the love we now must hide

A time for us, at last to see
A life worthwhile for you and me

And with our love, through tears and thorns
We will endure as we pass surely through every storm
A time for us, some day there’ll be a new world
A world of shining hope for you and me

A time for us, at last to see
A life worthwhile for you and me.

FROM THE ARCHIVE 377 -1970-

My Way  is a fabulous song from the 1970 Something album and was performed live many, many times by Dame Shirley Bassey in concerts and on numerous TV shows and performances. It is difficult to choose a good live version for this blog so I just picked the two you see below random. Below the sheet music you will find the studio version of the song.

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Sheet Music 1970 My Way

Lyrics:

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friends, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’ s full.
I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway;
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I’ve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
I had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say – not in a shy way,
Oh no, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a woman, what has she got?
If not herself, then she has naught.
To say the things she truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!

FROM THE ARCHIVE 375 -1966-

1966 BU NMEBassey29thJulyThe Shadow Of Your Smile
Music written by John Alfred Mandel and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.

Released 1966 on the album I’ve Got A Song For You. The song is available on CD on the 1988 collection Let Me Sing And I’m Happy, and it was released digitally remastered on Shirley Bassey – The Collection in 1993.

The song is from the soundtrack of the movie “The Sandpiper” 1965. The original soundtrack album contained ten variations of the theme and the song has been interpreted by many famous artists and jazz orchestras. The song received the Academy Award 1965 as “Best Song”.

Film Plot outline from the Internet

Elizabeth Taylor plays a beatnik mom living in a posh California surf-side home, raising her teenage son. She wants to home-school the boy, but the authorities won’t have it, so she sends him to a boarding school that is under the direction of an Episcopalian minister (Richard Burton) and headmaster. Taylor falls for the headmaster when she visits her son.

The composer John Alfred Mandel (Johnny Mandel, born 1925 in New York) began his career in the 1940’s playing trumpet and then trombone in jazz orchestras and big bands. He worked together with many famous musicians and bands like for example Woody Herman’s Second Herd (known from “Live At Carnegie Hall” 1973), Artie Shaw, Count Basie and many more. He wrote film credits like “The Sandpiper” and made arangements for Frank Sinatra and others.

The lyricist Paul Francis Webster (born 1907 in the USA) had his first hit 1932 with “Masquerade”. He worked successfully together with composers like Hoagy Carmichael and others. He won his first Academy Award in 1953 for “Secret Love,” written with Sammy Fain for the film “Calamity Jane”. His most famous song, also together with Sammy Fain, is the title theme to 1955’s “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing”, which earned Webster a second Oscar. (The movie actually received Oscars for “Best Song” and “Best Musical Score” and more.) And like mentioned before he received an Oscar for “The Sandpiper” together with Johnny Mandel 1965. Elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, Webster died in Beverly Hills 1984.

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Sheet Music 1966 The Shadow Of Your Smile.jpg

Lyrics:

One day we walked along the sand
One day in early spring
You held a piper in your hand
To mend it’s broken wing
Now I remember many a day
And many a lonely mile
The echo of a piper song
The shadow of a smile

The shadow of your smile
When you are gone
Will colour all my dreams
And light the dawn

Look into my eyes, my love, and see
All the lovely things, you are, to me

Our wistful little star
Was far too high
A teardrop kissed your lips
And so did I

Now when I remember spring
All the joy that the love can bring
I will be remembering
The shadow of your smile

(Transcribed by Roman)