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I MIGHT FALL BACK ON YOU (READY) (Jerome Kern (m) / Oscar Hammerstein II (l)1927) Sung by Marge and Gower Champion in the 1951 musical film ‘Showboat’ Also sung by: Kathryn Grayson Little girl, you are safe with me I can protect what's mine I am a sturdy maple tree And you're my clinging vine. Woods are just full of maple trees Cedar and oak and pine Let me look them over please And then I'll let you know If you have a show. After I have looked around The world for a mate Then perhaps, I might fall back on you. When I am convinced That there is no better fate Then I might decide that you will do. I am just an average lad Though no gift to womanhood Some girls say I'm not so bad. Others say you're not so good. But if you are patient dear And willing to wait There's a chance I might fall back on you. NOTES: Several adaptations of Edna Ferber's 1926 novel have been made, most notably Showboat 1927, 1936, 1951, and several stage productions, one for TV in 1989. In fact a number of her works were also adapted for screen, Cimarron 1931 and Giant 1956. One of her novels won a Pulitzer Prize (So Big 1929) and an Academy Award Best Picture (Cimarron 1931). In the 1951 musical, the husband/wife sing and dance team of Marge and Gower Champion were seen by MGM as a more present-day answer to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Director: George Cukor Leads: Kathryn Grayson / Howard Keel / Ava Garner / Marge & Gower Champion One point of interest is that while the story is set in the 1880s, the paddlewheel which was expressly built for this film, did not resemble the ships of the day. It had smokestacks and was powered whereas the ships of the 1880s had no power and were pushed along by small boats. (Contributed by David Story - February 2014)

    


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