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Dio Come Ti Amo

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Dio Come Ti Amo (Oh God How Much I Love You)
Written by Domenico Modugno.

Released on the 1991 album Keep The Music Playing

Keep the Music Playing is a 1991 album by Shirley Bassey. The album was recorded in the UK at the Westgreen Studios and in the Netherlands at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum. The album is a mixture of contemporary pop ballads, such as “I Want to Know What Love Is” from Foreigner, the Jennifer Rush power ballad “The Power Of Love”, and the more gentle “Still” from Lionel Richie, combined with standards from the field of jazz and pop, such as “He Was Beautiful”, the sweet jazz ballad from Cleo Laine. Several of the song arrangements reflect an operatic pop style influence, which may have roots in her 1984 album I Am What I Am, which she recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the fact that in the latter mid-1980s she started working with a vocal coach, a former opera singer. Bassey returned to the Beatles with “Yesterday”, as she had previously covered “Something” and “Fool on the Hill” successfully in the 1970s, and had performed “Hey Jude” frequently live. Another previously successful formula was used for the closing track “Dio, Come Ti Amo ” an Italian original in the tradition of “This is My Life” and “Natalie”..

Previously sung by Domenico Modugno. This Italian singer and writer was best known for singing the international hit Volare, which he also co-wrote. Dio Come Ti Amo was the Italian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966.

Below a video with the official video clip of the song and a great live version on a German TV Show called Telestar.

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Lyrics:

Remember
Why must I remember
Why can’t I simply close my eyes, go to sleep
And make him disappear
Why must I always hear

Dio come ti-amo
Those were the words he said
Oh god how much I love you
It still runs through my head
The wind began to blow
And all the leaves were flying
He stood there in the night
And tried to keep from crying

What could I have told him
What could I say of you
When love has lost it’s meaning
It’s over, it’s through
And so I hurried on
For someone new was waiting
To hold me in his arms
In endless celebrating
But that was long ago
And many loves have I
But only one was real
And that I let slip by

Dio come ti-amo
I still can hear him say
Oh god how much I love you
Yet I walked away
I know, it’s much to late
But I go right on praying
To have you back again
So you can hear me saying

Dio come ti-amo
Oh god how much I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you

(Transcribed by Roman)

Moonraker Is Forever!

“There are no two ways about it: Shirley Bassey is the voice of the Bond themes, and even her weakest contribution ranks among the series’ most essential tracks. Stepping in for a frustrated Johnny Mathis mere weeks before the film was due for release, the chanteuse reminded the world that she was one of the only Earthlings who could croon a nonsense word like “Moonraker” and make it sound downright glorious. Listen, you try taking a mess of typically distressed Bond lyrics (“Where are you? When will we meet? Take my unfinished life and make it complete”) and imbuing them with sense of life or death. Not so easy, is it?” Rolling Stone

Below this recent video edit features footage from a 2006 live performance with the vocals changed to those used in film’s opening titles:

And then this delightful classic video shows off the more upbeat disco version that played as the end titles rolled on James Bond’s eleventh movie:

Recently a BBC Radio 4 play of Moonraker was broadcast. While this has stirred up some new interest in the film to the delight of Bond fans, we at The Bassey Blog were shaken to discover that The Dame’s vocals have not been used!

For more on Moonraker, see this earlier blog, which also features Debra’s in-depth showcase:

2005, DSB Performs Moonraker as part of the Bond Medley on Another Auduence with Dame Shirley Bassey:

April In Paris

For today’s blog three great songs related to this time of the year: April In Paris, Spring Is Here & It Might As Well Be Spring.

A wonderful live version of April In Paris is from the 1988 French TV-show ‘Le Grand Echiquier’.

Although Shirley was suffering from a cold she sings it beautifully.

Lyrics:

April in Paris
Chestnuts and blossoms
Holiday tables
Under a tree

April in Paris
This is a feeling
No one can ever reprise

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

‘Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart…

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
And I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

‘Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart.

To listen to the studio versions

April In Paris (From the 1959 album The Fabulous Shirley Bassey)

Spring Is Here (From the 1962 album Let’s Face The Music)

It Might As Well Be Spring (From the 1962 EP Till and other great songs)

Run On And On

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The song “Run on and on” on the 1975 album “Good, bad but beautiful” was written especially for Shirley by Mercia Love from Johannesburg.
Below a newspaper article about her and how she came to write this song for Shirley Bassey. (From Rien’s collection)
Unfortunately this song was never performed live but you can listen to the studio version here.

Looking at the songs on this album I realized that Shirley sang many of the songs from this album at concerts and in TV-shows.
Below you can find all the titles that are on YouTube.

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Emotion

Send in the clowns

Good Bad But Beautiful

Sing

The Way We Were

I’ll Be Your Audience

Feel Like Making Love

All In Love Is Fair

Run On And On

The Other Side Of Me

Jesse

Living