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WHERE'S THE MATE FOR ME? (Jerome Kern (m) / Oscar Hammerstein II (l) ) As sung by Howard Keel 1951 < Showboat > (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Also sung by: Allan Jones Jason Howard John Raitt Barbra Cook Robert Merrill John McGlinn Who cares if my boat goes upstream Or if the gale bids me go with the river's flow. I drift along with my fancy Sometimes I thank my lucky stars my heart is free. And other times I wonder, Where's the mate for me. (bridge) The driftwood floating over the sea Someday finds a sheltering lea. So, somewhere there surely must be A harbour meant for me. I drift along with my fancy Sometimes I thank my lucky stars my heart is free. And other times I wonder, Where's the mate for me. 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. Showboat (1951) Director: George Cukor Leads: Kathryn Grayson / Howard Keel / Ava Garner / Marge & Gower Champion Showboat (1936) Director: James Whale Leads: Irene Dunne / Allan Jones / Helen Morgan / Sammie White & Queenie Smith One point of interest is that while the story is set in the 1880s, the paddlewheel which was expressly built for the 1951 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. (Transcribed by David Story - February 2014)

    


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