Once you get past the pucker the grapefruit gives you a lot to love.
February 10, 2012
“The way you wear your hat
The way you sip your tea
The memory of all that
No, no they can't take that away from me...”
It appears they took quite a bit away.
The song, performed by Fred Astaire on the foggy deck of the ferry, was lavished on Ginger Rogers, who remains silent throughout.
But we won't be on the subject.
Continuing our Oscar snubs, now 16 days away from the scene of the crime, we have unearthed another travesty.
The George and Ira Gershwin song from the 1937 Astaire and Rogers musical, “Shall We Dance,” lost to...
The envelope please:
The winner of the Best Original Song...
(The immortal) Harry Owens' “Sweet Leilani,” sung by Bing Crosby, from the movie, “Waikiki Wedding.”
Mind you, if you're on or near the beach at Waikiki, holding a tall cold one, you might not want to hear anything else.
But the crack Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' voters weren't on that beach at Waikiki.
(Or maybe they were.)
In his book, Easy to Remember: "The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs" William Zinsser lists “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” in a category he calls a “list” song like “These Foolish Things,” “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” and “You’re the Top.”
Which doesn’t take away from its greatness:
"The way we danced till three
The way you changed my life
No, no they can't take that away from me
No, they can't take that away from me..."
Well, one idiocy doesn’t alter the fact they can't take it away from us.
Here’s the Ella and Louis version: