Wednesday, April 20, 2011

When I Look In Your Eyes

"When I Look In Your Eyes"
by Leslie Bricusse
from Dr. Dolittle (1967)

When I look in your eyes,
I see the wisdom of the world in your eyes.
I see the sadness of a thousand goodbyes
When I look in your eyes.
And it is no surprise,
To see the softness of the moon in your eyes.
The gentle sparkle of the stars in your eyes
When I look in your eyes.

In your eyes, I see the deepness of the sea.
I see the deepness of the love,
The love I feel you feel for me.

Autumn comes, summer dies.
I see the passing of the years in your eyes,
And when we part there will be no tears no goodbyes.
I'll just look into your eyes.

Those eyes, so wise,
So warm, so real ...
How I love the world your eyes reveal.

One of my favorite big-budget musicals as a child (and it still is, even as an adult) was 1967's Dr. Dolittle ... the ORIGINAL one with Rex Harrison.  The 60's and early 70's were such a wonderful time for BIG film musicals, courtesy of songwriters like Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, and the marvelous Sherman brothers.  Who can beat Dr. Dolittle, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, among others? 

More to come from the others, but here's my favorite song from Dr. Dolittle.  Believe it or not, the Doctor (Rex Harrison) sings this to a seal named Sophie who longs to return to her husband (I'm assuming you all know that the good Doctor "talks to the animals").  It is a suprisingly touching moment on an English cliffside as Dolittle sings a loving goodbye to Sophie before returning her to the sea.  The version above is the "popular" one ... in the movie, the final line was actually "Isn't it a pity you're a seal?"

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