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POOR BUTTERFLY (Raymond Hubbell (m) / John Golden (l) 1916) This version as sung by Deanna Durbin (studio recording Oct 9th 1941) This song was inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly Introduced in the Broadway show 'The Big' Show' August 1916 Also sung by: Frank Sinatra 1967 Tony Bennett Jerry Vale Sarah Vaughan Judy Garland Julie Andrews 1967 Ernestine Anderson Pat Suzuki 1957 Carmen McRae Dodie Stevens 1959 Susannah McCorkle 1985 Florence Wright 1950 And many others… Poor butterfly 'Neath the blossoms waiting Poor butterfly For she loved him so. The moments pass into hours The hours pass into years And as she smiles through her tears She murmurs low. The moon and I know that he'll be faithful And that he'll come to me by and by But if he won't come back then I'll never sigh or cry I just will die Poor butterfly. One fine day in cherry blossom time Little butterfly lost her heart As he whispered, will you be mine. Then he taught her to love the American way But he sailed alone promising to return some day. The moon and I know that he'll be faithful And that he'll come to me by and by But if he won't come back then I'll never sigh or cry I just will die Poor butterfly. NOTE: This song may have an additional lead-in verses (below) or alternating verses (above), depending on the artist (i.e. Sarah Vaughan/Hal Mooney Orchestra) There's a story told of a little Japanese Sitting demurely 'neath the cherry blossom trees Miss Butterfly's her name A sweet little innocent child was she 'Till a fine young American from the sea To her garden came. They met 'neath the cherry blossoms every day He taught her to love the American way To love with her soul, 'twas easy to learn; Then he sailed away with a promise to return. (Transcribed by David Story - August 2013)

    


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