Bewitchin’ to beggar and king

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Today I published a short page on the song “In the Spring of the Year,” with music by Alec Wilder and words by Lee Kuhn, including the only four recordings of the song that I’ve found so far. According to WilderWorld podcast 129 the song was written in 1947. However, the copyright date is 20 April 1949. I’ve included a transcription of the lyric that I did today using the 1951 Lee Kuhn recording. In other versions, the order of sections vary, as do the number of times certain sections are sung. Here’s a link to the new page:

In the Spring of the Year

Recordings included in the page:

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In the Spring of the Year (m. Alec Wilder, w. Lee Kuhn)
~lyric transcribed by doc on 30 March 2019, from the 1951 Lee Kuhn recording

In the spring of the year
All of a sudden
The bloomin’ and buddin’
Get into your blood ‘n’ you sing
Not a sigh do you hear in the spring
Of the year

In the spring of the year
Some hocus-pocus
Induces the crocus
To blossom and grow ’cause it’s spring
There’s a magic that’s queer in the spring
Of the year

Birds are singier
Vines are clingier
Bells are ringier too
The sun is sunnier
Bees are honeyer
Rabbits are bunnier too

In the spring of the year
Folks get an itchin’
For wooin’ and hitchin’
Bewitchin’ to beggar and king
For the fling of the year in the spring
Of the year

Trees are sappier
Wings are flappier
Laughs are laughier too
The moon is moonier
Tunes are tunier
Dreams are balloonier too

(repeat section 4)

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While daisies nod hello

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It’s so restful in the country
It’s the right kind of diet
You really ought to try it

You lie and dream
Beside a stream
While daisies nod “Hello”

After adding several more recordings to the new page on the Alec Wilder song “It’s So Peaceful in the Country,” it became too large. So I split it up into two parts:

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Recordings included:

part 1, 1941-1960

  • Mildred Bailey and the Delta Rhythm Boys – recorded on 24 June 1941; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 3953, b/w “Lover, Come Back to Me!” (m. Sigmund Romberg, w. Oscar Hammerstein II), B-side recorded by Mildred Bailey — The chorus precedes the verse in this version.*

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  • Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra, vocal: Garry Stephens – recorded on 27 June 1941, and issued on the 78 rpm single OKeh 6291, c/w “What Word is Sweeter than Sweetheart”
  • Harry James and his Orchestra, vocal: Dick Haymes — recorded on 30 June 1941; issued on Columbia 36246, as the B-side of “Yes Indeed!” (Oliver)
  • Barbary Coast Orchestra, of Dartmouth College — label dated 7 December 1942
  • Percy Faith and Mitch Miller — title track from the 1956 album Columbia Records CL 779
  • Mundell Lowe — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ on 20 February 1956; released on the 1956 LP Guitar Moods, Riverside Records RLP 12-208 (Mono)
  • Patti Page — from The Patti Page Show, possibly Episode 1.2, broadcast on 23 June 1956
  • June Christy – from her 1957 album Gone for the Day, Capitol T902 — with orchestra arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo
  • Dick Johnson Quartet — recorded in NYC on 30 October 1957; released on the 1957 album Most Likely…, Riverside Records RLP 12-253
  • The Creed Taylor Orchestra — from the 1958 album Shock Music in Hi-Fi, ABC Paramount Records ABC-259 (Mono), ABCS-259 (Stereo)
  • Tony Bennett with Ralph Sharon and his Orchestra — issued on 16 February 1959 on the 45 rpm single Columbia Records 4-41341, b/w “Being True to One Another”
  • Nelson Riddle — originally released on the 1959 album The Joy of Living, (US) Capitol Records T 1148 (Mono), ST 1148 (Stereo)
  • Joe Wilder — originally released on the 1959 album The Pretty Sound, (US) Columbia CL 1372 (Mono), CS 8173 (Stereo)
  • The Frank Wess Quartet — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on 9 May 1960; released on the 1960 self-titled album (US) Moodsville MVLP 8

  • Tak Shindo — from the 1960 album Accent on Bamboo, (US) Capitol Records T-1433 (Mono), ST-1433 (Stereo)

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City living is a pretty living
It’s so full of unexpected thrills
But there’s too much stone
Too much telephone
There’s too much of everything but trees and hills

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