Monday, May 23, 2011

I Believe In You

"I Believe In You"
by Frank Loesser
from How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1961)

Now there you are -
Yes, there's that face.
That face that somehow, I trust.
It may embarrass you to hear me say it,
But say it I must ...
Say it I must.

You have the cool clear eyes
Of a seeker of wisdom and truth,
Yet there's that upturned chin
And the grin of impetuous youth.
I believe in you ... I believe in you.

I hear the sound of
Good solid judgment whenever you talk,
Yet there's the bold, brave, spring
Of the tiger that quickens your walk.
I believe in you ... I believe in you.

And when my faith in my fellow man
All but falls apart,
I've but to feel your hand grasping mine
And I take heart ... I take heart.

To see the cool clear eyes
Of a seeker of wisdom and truth,
Yet with the slam, bang, tang,
Reminiscent of gin and Vermouth.
I believe in you ... I believe in you.

In one of the lowest times of my life, I escaped to the world of theatre by involving myself in a local production of Frank Loesser's How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.  Although I didn't play the lead role of J. Pierrpont Finch, each night the words to this classic musical theatre song gave me the strength, love, and self-confidence that I sorely lacked and felt had been stolen from me.  It taught me how to "believe in me" again ...

PS ... You may have noticed that I've added a video above instead of a photo.  I'm going to try to find a video of every song I post so that you can hear it as well as read it.  As much as possible, I'll try to stick with the original performer of the song, unless I find another that's particularly outstanding.  If you've got some free time, I've added videos to the bottom of most of my previous song (and some TV and movie) blog posts as well!

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