Pinwheel of Death

Bobby Short


SONGS

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Writers Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal

Genres Standard, Ballad, Big Band Era

Recorded 1992

Lyrics verse:
AS WE EYE
THE BLUE HORIZON'S
BLEND,
EARTH AND SKY
APPEAR TO MEET
AND END,
BUT IT'S MERELY
AN ILLUSION.
LIKE YOUR HEART
AND MINE,
THERE'S IS NO
SWEET CONCLUSION.

Chorus:
I CAN SEE,
NO MATTER HOW NEAR
YOU'LL BE,
YOU'LL NEVER BELONG
TO ME,
BUT I CAN DREAM,
CAN'T I?
CAN'T I PRETEND
THAT I'M LOCKED
IN THE BEND
OF YOUR EMBRACE?
FOR DREAMS
ARE JUST LIKE WINE,
AND I AM DRUNK
WITH MINE.
I'M AWARE
MY HEART
IS A SAD AFFAIR,
THERE'S MUCH
DISILLUSION THERE,
BUT I CAN DREAM,
CAN'T I?
CAN'T I ADORE YOU
ALTHOUGH
WE ARE OCEANS APART?
I CAN'T MAKE YOU
OPEN YOUR HEART,
BUT I CAN DREAM,
CAN'T I?
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Writers Ted Fiorito, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1959

Lyrics LIFE IS A PLAY
AND WE ALL PLAY A PART,
THE LOVER, THE DREAMER,
THE CLOWN.
THE DREAMER AND LOVER
ARE ALWAYS IN TEARS,
THE CLOWN
SPREADS SUNSHINE AROUND.
THE LIFE WITH A SMILE
IS THE LIFE WORTHWHILE,
THE CLOWN
TILL THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN.

EVEN THOUGH
YOU'RE ONLY MAKE BELIEVING,
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
EVEN THOUGH
SOMETHING INSIDE IS GRIEVING,
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
DON'T LET YOUR HEART GROW
TOO MELLOW,
JUST BE A REAL PUNCHINELLO, FELLOW.
YOU'RE SUPPOSED
TO BRIGHTEN UP A PLACE
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
PAINT A LOT OF SMILES
AROUND YOUR FACE
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, DON'T FROWN.
DRESSED IN YOUR BEST
COLORED HUMOR,
BE A PALLIETTO
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
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Writers Val Burton, Will Jason

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1995

Lyrics Chorus:
JUST PICTURE A PENTHOUSE
'WAY UP IN THE SKY,
WITH HINGES ON CHIMNEYS
FOR STARS TO GO BY
A SWEET SLICE OF HEAVEN
FOR JUST YOU AND I
WHEN WE'RE ALONE.
FROM ALL OF SOCIETY
WE'LL STAY ALOOF,
AND LIVE IN PROPRIETY
THERE ON THE ROOF,
TWO HEAVENLY HERMITS
WE WILL BE IN TRUTH
WHEN WE'RE ALONE.

WE'LL SEE LIFE'S MAD PATTERN
AS WE VIEW OLD MANHATTAN,
THEN WE CAN THANK OUR LUCKY STARS
THAT WE'RE LIVING AS WE ARE.

IN OUR LITTLE PENTHOUSE,
WE'LL ALWAYS CONTRIVE
TO KEEP LOVE AND ROMANCE
FOREVER ALIVE,
IN VIEW OF THE HUDSON
JUST OVER THE DRIVE,
WHEN WE'RE ALONE.

male verse:
MANY SWAINS
HAVE TRIED TO MAKE ROMANTIC,
THE COTTAGE BY THE STREAM.
MEN OF LETTERS,
POETS QUITE PEDANTIC,
HAVE USED THIS PLAYED-OUT THEME.
BUT MY ASPIRATIONS,
I MUST ADMIT,
ARE THOSE OF A MILLIONAIRE.
I CAN SEE BUT ONE PLACE
THAT YOU COULD FIT,
DARLING IF YOU WILLED IT,
I SHOULD LIKE TO BUILD IT.

female verse:
EV'RYTHING
WILL BE QUITE CIRCUMSPECT,
DEAR,
ON MODERN LINES EXPRESSED.
LOVE ALONE
WILL BE THE ARCHITECT,
DEAR,
TO BUILD OUR LITTLE NEST.
IN A LITTLE WHILE,
DEAR
MAYBE I'LL WAIT
AS A NORMAL WIFE SHOULD DO,
KEEPING THE TRADITION,
NOT BY THE GATE,
BUT WITH PERAMBULATOR,
BY THE ELEVATOR.