Sunday, May 17, 2009

And She Does It In High Heels

No one covers ground like this dancing couple. They were incomparable and had the best composers and lyricists for the musicals they did together. They made ten films together. And though she was not the world's best dancer, so it's said, together they were magic. The footwork in this little number is worth paying attention to. This is the way I wanted to dance and this man is the man I wanted to dance with. I spent many productive hours as a child dancing around the house pretending to be Ginger Rogers and pretending that Fred Astaire was my permanent dance partner. I eventually gave up dancing for lack of a partner who danced. Never married a man who danced. Tom would dance at weddings and such, and he wasn't half bad, but I never did get that feeling of dancing the light fantastic that I dreamed of when I was a kid when these were the movies of my early childhood.


These are the great lyrics (by Dorothy Fields) to this song by Jerome Kern composed and written in 1936

Nothing's impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start All over again.

Don't lose your confidence if you slip,
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

Work like a soul inspired,
Till the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired,
But you'll be a man, my son!

Will you remember the famous men,
Who had to fall to rise again?
So take a deep breath,
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

7 comments:

Suzan said...

Thanks, sweetie!

They are still my favorite dancing couple too.

You've made my Sunday much better (what with my Mother unexpectedly in the hospital with stroke-like symptoms, et al.).

Thanks for your thoughtfulness.

We love you!

S

Utah Savage said...

Susan, I try to follow you home, but can't. is there a bread trail in the forest I have noticed? Is that your wish, to only comment?

Ghost Dansing said...

 Utah's lyric selection  and 1936......America was dragging itself out of the Great Depression....

Rich, conservatives, numerous businessmen — and those who were all three — vigorously opposed the New Deal. But the election of 1936 triggered a nationwide endorsement of FDR, who carried every state except Vermont and Maine.

The Third Reich reoccupied the Rhineland in 1936 and absorbed Austria in 1938.

Utah Savage said...

Ghost, I was trying to put this piece in historical perspective late last night, but my fingers grew slow and clumsy and my mind began the slow shut down into sleep. So I gave up on the historical setting. And then this "morning", here you are with just what I was looking for. Thank you darling. I can count on you with help when I can't find it myself. You are loved for that great timing and encyclopedic knowledge of history.

PENolan said...

I always liked that song.

armouris said...

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gfid said...

i love watching Ginger & Fred dance. they move together as if they're one person. and she has the most beautiful legs!!!!!