Been working on a song book for the old folks to sing along with. almost done. One of the most complicated songs in the book, in fact taking a whole page, is Thanks for the Memories.
Bob Hope used it as a theme song, making up his own lyrics instead of using the complicated ones below. The lyrics are sung by a lover who had a strange affair with his (her) sweetheart, which included a Hudson River cruise and a visit to Singapore among other delights. What a couple. They toured Germany and Greece together. Wow.
Here is my transcription of the complicated lament, used without permission, until I hear from ASCAP. (If you have time to spare, try charting the rhyme scheme....I dare you.)
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Thanks for the memory - of candelight and wine
Castles on the Rhine - The Parthenon and
Moments on the Hudson River Line -
How Lovely it was
Thanks for the memory of many afternoons
Swingy Harlem tunes
And motor trips and burning lips
and burning toast and prunes
How Lovely it was
Many’s the time that we feasted
And many’s the time that we fasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted.
We did have fun and no harm done.
And thanks for the memory of sunburns at the shore
Nights in Singapore.
You might have been a headache, but you never were a bore.
So thank you so much
Thanks for the memory of sentimental verse
Nothing in your purse and chuckles when the preacher said, “For better or for worse.”
How lovely it was
Thanks for the memory of lingerie with lace
Pilsner by the case And oh how I jumped when you trumped my ace How lovely it was
We said “Goodbye” with a highball -
Then I got high as a steeple, but we were intelligent people - no tears- no fuss Hurray for us
So thanks for the memory and strictly entre nous
Darling how are you? Awfully glad I met you
Cheerio and toodleoo - And thank you so much.