About The Last Time I Saw Paris
“The Last Time I Saw Paris” is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with brianowens.tv by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1940. It was sung in the 1941 film Lady Be Good by Ann Sothern. By December 1940, six versions of the song were on the charts, with Kate Smith having exclusive radio rights for the song for six weeks. The song catered to a wartime nostalgia for songs about European cities following the Second World War Battle of France (which brought Paris under Nazi control), with “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” also proving popular. The song had not been written for the film, and Hammerstein said the song was “not written to order”. It still won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1941.
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This was Kern”s second Academy Award for Best Original Song (following his success with “The Way You Look Tonight” in 1936), and Hammerstein”s first. Kern was so upset at winning with a song that had not been specifically written for a motion picture, and that had been published and recorded before the film was even released, that he petitioned the Motion Picture Academy to change the rules. Since then, a nominated song has to have been written specifically for the motion picture in which it is performed. The song inspired the title of and figures prominently in the film The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) when it was sung by Odette Myrtil.more »
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A lady known as Paris, Romantic and CharmingHas left her old companions and faded from viewLonely men with lonely eyes are seeking her in vainHer streets are where they were, but there”s no sign of herShe has left the SeineThe last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay,I heard the laughter of her heart in every street cafÃ¢??The last time I saw Paris, her trees were dressed for spring,And lovers walked beneath those trees and birds found songs to sing.I dodged the same old taxicabs that I had dodged for years.The chorus of their squeaky horns was music to my ears.The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay,No matter how they change her, I”ll remember her that way.I”ll think of happy hours, and people who shared themOld women, selling flowers, in markets at dawnChildren who applauded, Punch and Judy in the parkAnd those who danced at night and kept our Paris bright”Til the town went dark.
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Kate Smith Kathryn Elizabeth “Kate” Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was an American singer, an alto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin”s “God Bless America”. Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. more »