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We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye

By

Mario V. Farina

Copyright 2016 Mario V. Farina

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1Vittorio Auturo and Francesca Montefresco had acted together in operettas. Neither spoke Italian but they sang in these productions and often in duets as the two main stars. Vittorio had fallen in love with Francesca but had not had the courage to tell her. One day when they were in the studio alone practicing a new number for La Donna è Bella, he told her he had learned the words and music to an old song named I have Told Every Little Star and asked whether she’d like to hear it. She responded yes. Here are the words he sang:

I’ve told every little star
Just how sweet I think you are
Why haven’t I told you
I’ve told ripples in a brook
Made my heart an open book
Why haven’t I told you
Friends ask me “am I in love”
I always answer “yes”
Might as well confess
If I don’t they guess
Maybe you may know it too
Oh my darling if you do
Why haven’t you told me

“That was beautiful,” she said. “Why did you sing it to me?”

“I mean the words,” he replied. “I just haven’t had the courage to tell you.”

“I’m so happy you told me,” she exclaimed. “I, too, have learned a song. May I sing it to you?”

“Please do!”

This is the song Francesca sang:

I’m glad I met you
You wonderful you
I can’t forget you
You wonderful you
You’re like a breath of spring 
A whole new thing that’s happened
And without much ado

I look at you and
There stands love
My arms around you
That’s wonderful too
So glad I found you
You wonderful you
Remember 
Finders’ keepers
Losers weepers
And because it’s true
You’re mine now
You wonderful you.

“This is like a dream come true,” he responded. “You’re sweet. Here is another song I had planned for you: ”

Stay as sweet as you are,
Don`t let a thing 
Ever change you.
Stay as sweet as you are,
Don`t let a soul
Rearrange you.

Don`t ever lose
The charm you possess,
Your loveliness, darling,
The way you say “yes”.

Stay as sweet as you are
Discreet as you are,
You`re divine, dear.
Stay as grand as you are,
And as you are,
Tell me that you`re mine, dear.

Young and gay or old and gray,
Near to me or afar,

Night and day I pray
That you’ll always stay
As sweet as you are.

Young and gay or old and gray,
Near to me or afar,
Night and day I pray
That you’ll always stay
As sweet as you are.

“That reminds me of a song I learned a long time ago,” said she. “Have you heard this one. It fits you so well!”

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
The other night dear as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you here in my arms
When I walked here I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

“Here is the way I felt about you when I saw you for the first time” said Vittorio. He sang this:

Just one look at you
My heart grew tipsy in me
You and you alone
Bring out the gypsy in me

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want these arms about you

Don’t be a naughty baby
Come to papa, come to papa do
My sweet embraceable you

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want my arms about you

So don’t you be, a naughty baby
Come to papa do
My sweet embraceable you

“We were meant for each other,” declared Vittorio. “I will never stray. Let us become engaged!”

 

Francesca agreed and the couple began making arrangements for a glorious wedding. For a few days the couple lived in Heaven, then Francesca had cause to phone Vittorio.

“I have a song for you,” she said and sang:

 

Your cheatin’ heart,
Will make you weep,
You’ll cry and cry,
And try to sleep,
But sleep won’t come,
The whole night through,
Your cheatin’ heart, 
Will tell on you

When tears come down,
Like falling rain,
You’ll toss around,
And call my name,
You’ll walk the floor,
The way I do,
Your cheatin’ heart,
Will tell on you

Your cheatin’ heart,
Will pine some day,
And crave the love,
You threw away,
The time will come,
When you’ll be blue,
Your cheatin’ heart,
Will tell on you

When tears come down,
Like falling rain,
You’ll toss around,
And call my name,
You’ll walk the floor,
The way I do,
Your cheatin’ heart, 
Will tell on you.

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m sorry, dear,” said Vittorio. “I made a mistake, but I don’t want to lose you.”

 

“I don’t think you care for me,” she responded sharply.

 

In response, he sang this song:

 

If I Didn’t Care

If I didn’t care more than words can say

If I didn’t care would I feel this way?
If this isn’t love
then why do I thrill?
And what makes my head go round an’ round

While my heart stays still?
If I didn’t care
would it be the same?
Would my ev’ry pray’r begin and end
When I speak your name?
And would I be sure that this is love
Beyond compare?
Would all this be true
If I didn’t care for you?

 

Reluctantly, she decided to meet with him to decide what course she should take. A few days, after they had met, she sang this song to him:

 

We thought that love was over,
That we were really through,
I said I didn’t love him,
That we’d begin anew
And you can all believe me,
We sure intended to,
But we just couldn’t say goodbye.

The chair and then the sofa,
They broke right down and cried,
The curtains started waving
For me to come inside.
I tell you confidentially,
The tears were hard to hide,
And we just couldn’t say goodbye.
The clock was striking twelve o’clock
It smiled on us below,
With folded hands it seemed to say,
“We’ll miss you if you go.”

So I went back and kissed him,
And when I looked around,
The room was singing love songs,
And dancing up and down.
And now we’re both so happy,
Because at last we’ve found.
That we just couldn’t say goodbye.

People in love are funny
They’re mighty hard to explain
One minute they quarrel
Then they’re back together again
Take my case for instance
We had a little fuss
Now listen, ladies and gentlemen
Here’s what happened to us

I said I didn’t love him,
That we’d begin anew

But we just couldn’t say goodbye.
The chair and then the sofa,
They broke right down and cried,

I tell you confidentially,
The tears were hard to hide,
And we just couldn’t say goodbye.

So I went back and kissed him,

And when I looked around,
The room was singing love songs,
And dancing up and down.
And now we’re both so happy,
Because at last we’ve found.
That we just couldn’t say goodbye.

 

They began dating again. After a particularly romantic night, he popped the question and the couple was married. He sang the following song to celebrate:

 

It was just a neighborhood dance
That’s all that it was
But, oh, what it seemed to be
It was like a masquerade ball
With costumes and all
‘Cause you were at the dance with me
It was just a ride on a train
That’s all that it was
But, oh, what it seemed to be
It was like a trip to the stars
To Venus and Mars
‘Cause you were on the train with me
And when I kissed you, darling
It was more than just a thrill for me
It was the promise, darling
Of the things that fate had willed for me
It was just a wedding in June
That’s all that it was
But, oh, what it seemed to be
It was like a royal affair
With everyone there
‘Cause you said “Yes, I do” to me

 

On their fiftieth anniversary, there was a party arranged for them. The couple constituted the highlight of the evening when they sang:

 

Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed 
We vowed our true love, though a word wasn’t said 
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies 
Except for the few that were there in your eyes 

Dear, as I held you close in my arms 
Angels were singing a hymn to your charms 
Two hearts gently beating, murmuring low 
“Darling, I love you so” 

The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn 
The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on 
Could we but recall that sweet moment sublime 
We’d find that our love is unaltered by time 

Darling, I love you so 

The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn 
The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on 
Could we but recall that sweet moment sublime 
We’d find that our love is unaltered by time

 

The songs mentioned in this story were:

 

I’ve Told Every Little Star

“I’ve Told Every Little Star” is a popular song with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1932. The song was introduced in the musical play, Music in the Air. It has since been recorded by many artists.

 

You Wonderful You

The song is from The Movie Summer Stock. Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin

 

Stay As Sweet As You Are

By Mack Gordon and Harry Revel

 

You Are My Sunshine

“You Are My Sunshine” is a popular song recorded by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell and first recorded in 1939. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and former governor of the state.

 

My Sweet Embraceable You

“Embraceable You” is a popular jazz song, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The song was originally written in 1928 for an unpublished operetta named East Is West. It was eventually published in 1930 and included in the Broadwaymusical Girl Crazy

 

Your Cheatin’ Heart

Your Cheatin’ Heart” is a song written and recorded by country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1952, regarded as one of country’s most important standards.

 

If I Didn’t Care

 

If I Didn’t Care” is a song written by Jack Lawrence that was originally sung and recorded by …. Categories: 1939 songs · Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients · Songs with lyrics by Jack Lawrence …

 

We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye

 

Henry MacGregor “Harry” Woods (November 4, 1896 – January 14, 1970) was a Tin Pan Alley … “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”,

 

Night and Day

“Night and Day” is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce.

 

Oh What It Seemed to Be

“Oh! What it Seemed to Be” is a song composed by Bennie Benjamin, George Weiss and Frankie Carle.

 

The Anniversary Waltz

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The Anniversary Waltz is a popular song written by Dave Franklin, the lyrics by Al Dubin. The song was published in 1941.

 

These songs can be seen and heard on Youtube.

 

 

 


We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

  • ISBN: 9781370085217
  • Author: Mario V. Farina
  • Published: 2016-12-18 09:20:08
  • Words: 1755
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