mardi 23 mars 2010

Blossom Dearie, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Blossom Dearie Jazz

Vintage Frisson

Continuons sur notre lancée avec Blossom Dearie encore, et une chanson enregistrée au début des années 60, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top. Comme notre groupe de blogueurs en discutait abondamment dans les commentaires de la série Spring in Swing!, les chansons de comédie musicale ont souvent servi d'inspiration aux musiciens. Cette chanson est tirée de la comédie musicale Oklahoma! de Rodgers and Hammerstein datant de 1943. Différentes versions de la chanson furent enregistrées par Ahmad Jamal, Marlene Dietrich, Miles Davis, Nancy LaMott, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, McCoy Tyner, Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly, Johnny Smith, Beverly Kenney, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel, Joe Brown, J. J. Johnson et le Kai Winding Trombone Octet.

The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry

When I take you out in the surrey,

When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top!

Watch that fringe and see how it flutters

As I drive them high steppin' strutters.

Nosey pokes'll peek thru' their shutters and their eyes will pop!

The wheels are yellow, the upholstery's brown,

The dashboard's genuine leather,

With isinglass curtains y' can roll right down,

In case there's a change in the weather.

Two bright sidelight's winkin' and blinkin',

Ain't no finer rig I'm a-thinkin'

You can keep your rig if you're thinkin' that I'd carer to swap

Fer that shiny, little surrey with the fringe on the top!


I can feel the night gettin' blurry,

As we drive back home in the surrey,

Drivin' slowly home in the surrey with the fringe on top!

I can feel the day gettin' older,

Feel a sleepy head on my shoulder,

Noddin', droopin' close to my shoulder, till it falls kerplop!

The sun is swimmin' on the rim of a hill;

The moon is takin' a header,

And just as I'm thinkin' all the earth is still,

A lark'll wake up in the medder.

Hush, you bird, my baby's a-sleepin'!

Maybe got a dream worth a-keepin'

Whoa! you team, and jist keep a-creepin' at a slow clip clop.

Don't you hurry with the surrey with the fringe on the top!


Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II)

Blossom Dearie, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, c'est cool, c'est swing, c'est toute la désinvolture du début des années 60 qui s'étale sous nos yeux…

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