Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Autumn Leaves--Melancholy Music Within Nature's Beauty

 

This melancholy love song relies on the seasons as metaphor for life.  The loved one in summer (prime of life) is now missing. The one left behind sees the autumn leaves and faces winter alone (death.)

Autumn Leaves (Lyrics)

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winters song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall


Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves


"Autumn Leaves" was originally a 1945 French song "Les Feuilles Mortes" (literally "Dead Leaves") with music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, English lyrics were written in 1947 by the American songwriter Johnny Mercer. With Mercer's exquisite lyrics the song became even more beautiful, it not only conveyed it's message of sadness and longing, but painted a story with the colors of Autumn.I like the musical treatment in this version (there are many versions) because it sounds a bit French. (from Youtube)

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