Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Time Heals Everything


"Time Heals Everything"
by Jerry Herman
from Mack and Mabel (1974)

Time heals everything ...
Tuesday.
Thursday.
Time heals everything ...
April.
August.

If I'm patient the break will mend,
And one fine morning the hurt will end.

So make the moments fly ...
Autumn.
Winter.
I'll forget you by ...
Next year.
Some year.

Though it's hell that I'm going through,
Some Tuesday,
Thursday,
April,
August,
Autumn,
Winter,
Next year,
Some year ...
Time heals everything.
Time heals everything,
But loving you ...

Next to "Losing My Mind," "Time Heals Everything" is my favorite torch song.  Written by the great Jerry Herman (composer and lyricist for Mame, Hello, Dolly!, and La Cage Aux Folles, among others), this song is part of the terrific score from the less-than-terrific Mack and Mabel.  In Herman's defense, it's not his score that caused the musical to close in about two months, but the book.  The story concerns the bleak and tragic romance (featuring bouts with heroin addiction and alcoholism) between the famous silent film director, Mack Sennett (creator of the Keystone Kops), and his "discovery" from the deli, the comedienne Mabel Normand.  The musical starred Robert Preston as Mack and Bernadette Peters as Mabel, and even that much star power couldn't save the show.

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