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THE THIRD MAN THEME (aka The Harry Lime Theme, The aka Zither Melody, The) From the film "The Third Man" (1949) (Anton Karas / Walter Lord) Anton Karas (Instru.) - 1950 Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (Instru.) - 1950 Freddy Martin & His Orch. (vocal: Merv Griffin) - 1950 Hugo Winterhalter & His Orch. (Instru.) - 1950 Victor Young & His Orch. (vocal: Don Cherry) - 1950 Owen Bradley & His Quintet (Instru.) - 1950 When a zither starts to play You'll remember yesterday In its haunting strain Vienna lives again Free and bright and gay In your mind a sudden gleam Of a half forgotten dream Seems to glimmer when you hear The Third Man Theme Once again there comes to mind Someone that you left behind Love that somehow didn't last In that happy city of the past Does she still recall the dream That rapture so supreme When first she heard the haunting Third Man Theme? Carnivals and carousels and ferris wheels and parasols The Danube nights, the dancing lights again will shine The zither's sweet refrain Keeps swirling in your brain Like new May wine Strauss waltzes, candle-glow And the laughter of long ago Fill the magic chords and make it seem like today You never knew that you could be Enchanted by a melody The years will never drive it out You don't know why It's something you can't live without You hear it in the twilight hush And in the morning traffic rush A song that's always new In your heart a part of you Oh, shines so brightly when you hear The Third Man Theme When a zither starts to play You'll remember yesterday In its haunting strain Vienna lives again Free and bright and gay In your mind a sudden gleam Of a well remembered dream Seems to glimmer when you hear The Third Man Theme Once again there comes to mind Someone that you left behind Love that somehow didn't last In that happy city of the past Does she still recall the dream That rapture so supreme When first she heard the haunting Third Man Theme? Carnivals and carousels and ferris wheels and parasols The Danube nights, the dancing lights again will shine The zither's sweet refrain Keeps swirling in your brain Like new May wine Strauss waltzes, candle-glow And the laughter of long ago Fill the magic chords and make it seem like today You never knew that you could be Enchanted by a melody The years will never drive it out You don't know why It's something you can't live without You hear it in the twilight hush And in the morning traffic rush A song that's always new In your heart a part of you Oh, shines so brightly when you hear The Third Man Theme ******************* THIRD MAN THEME, THE (alternative lyrics) Anton Karas (m) Michael Carr (l) Jack Golden (l) as recorded by Donald Peers (live) February 2nd 1950 It's The Zither Melody, Everywhere you go they play; Very very soon, This fascinating tune Steals your heart away. Once you've heard the sweet refrain, It will run around your brain, For you can't resist The Zither Melody. When the lights are soft and low, Lovers there with eyes aglow To this theme They dream a dream; All the while they're swayin' to and fro. First it has you feeling sad, Then dancing merrily; Oh, you will love The Zither Melody. In a little cafe in Vienna there's a man Who plays the zither like you never heard it played before! He wrote the melody, Strange notes and harmony You will adore! Rhythm that makes you dance With the feeling of real romance; When you hear it played I know that you'll ask for me! You never dreamt that you could be Haunted by a melody, Something that's completely new; I'm warning you, it simply thrills you through and through! The Zither Melody is rare, It really seems to fill the air, It's with you all the time, The theme song of Paree life! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - December 2012) **************** THE HARRY LIME THEME - SONG VERSION Anton Karas (music) & Michael Carr & Jack Golden (lyrics) (Music featured in the film "The Third Man") It's the Zither Melody, everywhere you go they play, Very very soon this fascinating tune, steals your heart away. Once you've heard this sweet refrain, it will run around your brain For you can't resist the Zither Melody. When the lights are soft and low, lovers sit with eyes aglow, To this theme they dream a dream, all the while they're swaying too and fro. First it has you feeling sad then dancing merrily Oh, you will love the Zither Melody. In a little cafe in Vienna there's a man who plays the zither like you've never heard it played before He wrote a melody, strange notes and harmony you will adore. Rhythm that makes you dance with a feeling of real romance When you hear it played I know that you'll ask for more - maestro play an encore. You'd never dream that you could be so haunted by a melody, It's something that's completely new, I warning you, it simply thrills you thru' and thru'. The Zither Melody is rare, it really seems to fill the air, It's with you all the time, the theme song of Harry Lime - Yes! It's the Zither Melody, everywhere you go they play, Very very soon this fascinating tune, steals your heart away. Once you've heard this sweet refrain, it will run around your brain For you can't resist the Zither Melody. Copyright 1950 Published by Chappell & Co Ltd 50 New Bond Street, London, W1 (Contributed by Paul Daniel - July 2009)

    


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