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THE KISS IN YOUR EYES (Richard Franz Joseph Heuberger (m) / Johnny Burke (American lyrics) ) As sung by Lauritz Melchior (1946) Also sung by: Beverly Sills Caroline Dumas Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Bing Crosby (see notes below) And many others... You can say your lips Are not for me But you can't hide the kiss That's in your eyes. And you can say my arms Would only leave you cold But wait 'til they hold you And then, look wise. Yes, and you can say tonight Will come and go Without a single moments Worth of sighs. But why should I agree When I know what will be It's plain to me Plain as the kiss in your eyes. (bridge) Plain as the kiss in your eyes. Oh, you can say tonight Will come and go Without a single moments Worth of sighs. But why should I agree When I know what will be It's plain to me Plain as the kiss in your eyes... Plain as the kiss in your eyes. Notes: This particular version of the lyric is by Lauritz Melchior. It is generally held that Melchior is one of the ten greatest operatic tenors in recorded music history. In this rarefied atmosphere, this puts him squarely amidst the operatic elite, Caruso, Pavarotti, Gigli, Domingo and Gedda to name a few. The song/lyric has a very interesting pedigree. Richard Heuberger was an Austrian composer of ballets, cantatas, operas and operettas. As a trained engineer originally, he eventually devoted himself to the study of music in 1876. His most important contribution and one that he is best known for (of his six works) is his 1898 three act operetta Der Opernball which was loosely based on the comedy 'Les Dominos Roses'. The most famous piece of music from this work is 'Komm mit mir ins chambre séparée'. Throughout the years it has often been referred to as 'Im Chambre Séparée' and may be found in Op. 40 Act III. The operetta and this piece has become an integral part of the German opera/operetta repertory and remains widely produced to this day. This song also formed part of the soundtrack from the Paramount Pictures 1948 Technicolor film 'The Emperor Waltz'. Director: Billy Wilder Leads: Bing Crosby / Joan Fontaine / Roland Culver / Lucile Watson (Transcribed by David Story May 2014)

    


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