[Dixielandjazz] Emily

Charlie Hooks charliehooks@earthlink.net
Sun, 18 Aug 2002 12:43:49 -0500

on 8/18/02 6:37 AM, Don Ingle at dingle@baldwin-net.com wrote:

> "I hate to see October Go."

I agree (very strongly) with your rating of this tune!  I first heard it on
an interview show where somebody (who cares who?) was playing segments from
Manilow recordings; I went out immeidatly and bought the recording, a first
(and last) Manilow for me.  But who could resist lines like:

    "And when October goes
    The leaves begin to fly,
    Across the smoky roofs
    I see the planes go by.
    The children running home beneath a twilight sky--
    Oh, for the fun of them...
    When I was one of them...
    And when October goes,
    That same old dream appears.
    And you are in my arms
    As in those happy years.

    I turn my head aside to hide
    Those helpless tears...

    Oh, how I hate to see...Oc.to.ber. go....

    [Pause, then Coda out of tempo:]

    I should be over it now, I know.
    It doesn't matter much...how old...I...grow.....

    I hate to see..Oc.to.ber.go....

    For anyone, it's a fine lyric (and you should hear Manilow's music!),
but for a man my age it is iconical.  "Ohl for the fun of them...When I was
one of them..."   Lines just don't get more poignant than that.