Monday Music Quote: Leo Robin

Monday Music Quote

"But square-cut or pear-shape, these rocks don't lose their shape!"
Leo Robin (1900-1984), U.S. songwriter. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, J.J.Robbins & Sons, Inc. (1949). Music composed by Jule Styne (1905-1994). 

Paris Forever In Song 

1926: Leo Robin's hit song "Paree!" Lindbergh's solo flight from N.Y. to Paris

1928: George Gershwin's An American in Paris. Cole Porter's musical Paris, including "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love." Cole Porter's Revue des Ambassadeurs produced in Paris.

1929: Leo Robbin's hit song "Louis" from the film The Innocents of Paris. Cole Porter's musical Fifty Million Frenchmen, including "Do You Want to See Paris," "Paree, What Did You Do to Me?" and "You Don't Know Pardee." Gertrude Lawrence stars in the film The Battle of Paris; music by Cole Porter.

1930: Leo Robbin's hit song "My Ideal" from the film The Playboy of Paris. Cole Porter's musical The New Yorkers includes "Love for Sale," inspired by Porter's conversation with a Montmartre taxi-dancer.

1931: Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen made into a film. Hit song "Under a Roof in Paris" (English lyric by Irving Caeser) from the film Sous les Toits de Paris.

1932: Yip Harburg and Vernon Duke write the classic "April in Paris" for the Broadway review Walk a Little Faster.

C'est Si Bon

Words & Music by Andre Hornez & Henry Betti
English lyric by Jerry Seelen
Recorded by Louis Armstrong, 1949

C#m7-5 Cm7-5 Bm7  Bm7-5  E7       E7/9  E7       A      D9  Bm7-5  A
"C'est   si  bon" --        lovers say that in France

          Fdim         Bm7  Bm7-5  E7
When they thrill to romance;

             Bm7-5 E7 A6     Cdim  E7/9
It means that it's so good.

C#m7-5 Cm7-5 Bm7  Bm7-5  E7        E7/9  E7     A   D9  Bm7-5  A
C'est   si   bon --           so I say   it to you

          Fdim         Bm7  Bm7-5  E7
Like the French people do

            Bm7-5 E7  A
Because it's oh,  so good.


A7    F            Dm7       CM7/6  CM7
Ev'ry word, ev'ry sigh, ev'ry kiss, dear,

         B7         Bm7   Bm7-5      E7 
Leads to only one thought, and it's this, dear:

C#m7-5 Cm7-5 Bm7  Bm7-5  E7         E7/9 E7     A    D9  Bm7-5  A
It's    so   good,          nothing else can replace

           Fdim        Bm7  Bm7-5  E7
Just your slightest embrace

                 Em7     F#7
And if you only would

      Bm7 Dm7                    AM7
Be my own     for the rest of my days,

A                    A7    Bm7-5  E7
I will whisper this phrase,

First Time:

   Bm7-5    E7/9  E7  A Edim  E7 
My darling, c'est si bon.

Last Time:

   Bm7-5    E7/9  E7  A  D9   A6
My darling, c'est si bon.


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