Sunday, July 10, 2011

Songs of Summer 1950 (Part 2 of 3)

A romance in the Hamptons wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach.  For this brief series, June’s and Art’s beach photographs will be accompanied by the number 1 hit songs of 1950.

The #1 song in July 1950 was Nat King Cole performing “Mona Lisa,” written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston with an arrangement by Nelson Riddle and backing by Les Baxter and his Orchestra.

“Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa,
Men have named you
You're so like the lady
With the mystic smile
Is it ’cause you’re lonely
They have blamed you?
For that Mona Lisa
Strangeness in your smile?

“Do you smile to tempt
A lover, Mona Lisa?
Or is this your way to
Hide a broken heart?
Many dreams
Have been brought
To your doorstep
They just lie there and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?
Or just a cold and lonely lovely work of art?”

(Tomorrow – More songs of summer.)

© 2011 Lee Price

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