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YOU'RE DEVASTATING (Jerome Kern (m) / Otto Harback (l) ) As sung by Gordon MacRae 1956 < Operetta Favourites > Also sung by: Stephen Douglass Ray Middleton Howard Keel Kathryn Grayson Betty Hutton Irene Dunne When I think of who you are What a gem true blue you are 'Tis then I realize how foolish I have been. How could I hope to win? For gems like you are set in rings That grace the hands of kings. You're devastating And so far above me To think of mating I never could dare. You couldn't ever Be lowly and love me You're much too clever To care if I care. You were destined for purple-hued throne rooms You were fashioned for princes to see. Still I keep dreaming Of you in my own rooms And there you whisper "I love you" to me. You were destined for purple-hued throne rooms You were fashioned for princes to see. Still I keep dreaming Of you in my own rooms And there you whisper "I love you" to me. NOTES: The Jerome Kern Broadway production of < Roberta > (1933) gave birth to some very famous music. Yesterdays, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Touch Of Your Hand, Let's Begin and this song to name a few. The Broadway version of this song was sung by Ray Middleton. In 1935, RKO Films of the USA produced a film adaptation of the Broadway play. < Roberta > film information: Director: William A Seiter Leads: Irene Dunne / Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers / Randolph Scott This song/lyric eventually appeared in the 1952 MGM musical < Lovely To Look At > starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel and it too, was an adaptation of the 1933 Broadway musical . ************* The lyrics varied slightly as below. (with the Carmen Dragon Orchestra) (Howard Keel spoken) Paris isn't bricks and steel and mortar Paris is a beautiful woman The perfect hostess She dines you, wines you, entertains you She sees to it that you meet someone wonderful. And then after you've fallen in love She discreetly leaves you alone because she knows that... (Howard Keel sings) You're devastating And so far above me To think of mating I never could dare. You couldn't ever Be lowly and love me You're much too clever To care how I care. You were destined for purple-hued throne rooms You were fashioned for princes to see. Still I keep dreaming Of you in my own rooms And there you whisper "I love you" to me. (Kathryn Grayson sings) You're devastating You're clever, etcetera Monsieur, you bore me I'm just not impressed. To say I love you, forever, etcetera Are words I flatly refuse to digest. You Americans call this a fast one It's the business, the words, of the routine. And in the matter of choice You're the last one. Monsieur, I'm sure that You see what I mean. (Transcribed by David Story - February 2014)

    


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