Sunday Song – Oscar Hammerstein

1951Club

As the 1951 Club draws to a close today, I thought I’d choose a poem or a song from that year. I was pleased to discover that The King and I by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein was first produced in 1951 so here’s one of my favourite songs from the musical, Shall We Dance?

Here is the performance we’re probably all familiar with, Yul Brynner & Deborah Kerr (with the extraordinary voice of Marni Nixon doing the singing. Have a look at this clip on how they recorded the songs together) from the movie. And here is another performance of Yul Brynner & Patricia Morrison at the 1971 Tony awards.

(Anna sings)
We’ve just been introduced
I do not know you well
But when the music started something drew me to your side
So many men and girls are in each others arms
It made me think we might be similarly occupied

Shall we dance, on a bright cloud of music
Shall we fly
Shall we dance
Shall we then say goodnight and mean goodbye
Or per chance, when the last little star has left the sky

Shall we still be together with our arms about each other
And shall you be my new romance
On the clear understanding that this kind of thing can happen
Shall we dance, shall we dance, shall we dance

(Interlude)

Shall we dance, on a bright cloud of music
Shall we fly
Shall we dance
Shall we then say goodnight and mean goodbye

(The King Sings)
Or per chance, when the last little star has leave the sky

(Anna Sings)
Shall we still be together with our arms about each other
And shall you be my new…

(Both Sing)
Romance
On the clear understanding that this kind of thing can happen
Shall we dance, shall we dance, shall we dance.

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