Because (Guy d'Hardelot and Edward Teschemacher song)

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"Because" ("Parce Que") is a song with music and lyrics by Guy d'Hardelot and English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher, originally published in 1902.

Lyrics[edit]

The song's English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher are as follows:

Because, you come to me,
with naught save love,
and hold my hand and lift mine eyes above,
a wider world of hope and joy I see,
because you come to me!

Because you speak to me in accent sweet,
I find the roses waking `round my feet,
and I am led through tears and joy to thee,
because you speak to me!

Because God made thee mine,
I'll cherish thee,
through light and darkness through all time to be,
and pray His love may make our love divine,
because God made thee mine!

Original French Lyrics:

Quand j’entends tes pas Comme en un rêve La folle espoir de te revoir s’élève Et vainement vers toi je tends le bras Quand j’entends tes pas

Et quand divinement ta voix m’enchaine Je vois s’évanouir tout ma peine Et tout ton être chante et vive en moi Quand j’entends ta voix

Et puis tu viens à moi et je frissonne Tu prends ma main et tout mon cœur se donne A toi en un baiser brûlant d’émoi Quand j’entends ta voix

Notable recordings[edit]

  • Tenor Enrico Caruso recorded the song in its original French on December 7, 1912. The record was issued by Victor in the USA, and in Europe by HMV, 1913.

A recording made on December 2, 1947[1] by RCA Victor was a hit for Perry Como in the spring of 1948. It was released on singles as follows:

  • In the United States, by RCA Victor, on 78rpm (catalog number 20-2653-A) with the flip side "If You Had All the World and Its Gold." This single was released in 1949 as a 45rpm record (catalog number 47-2728)
  • Also in the US, by RCA Victor on 78rpm (catalog number 20-3299-A), with the flip side a re-release of "Till the End of Time". This single was released in 1949 as a 45rpm record (catalog number 47-2887).
  • In the United Kingdom, by HMV, as a 78rpm single (catalog BD-1215), in October, 1948. The flip side was "It Only Happens When I Dance with You".

The Como recording first entered the U.S. charts on March 13, 1948 and ultimately reached No. 4 on the chart.[2]

The song was also sung by Mario Lanza in the 1951 biopic The Great Caruso. Enrico Caruso himself recorded the song in 1912 with great success.[3]

Recorded versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perry Como Discography". kokomo.ca. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 98. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 79. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved October 30, 2017. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 267. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  6. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved October 30, 2017.