Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wain Wednesday 11


by
Louis Wain

Musical Accompaniment:

"Can't We Be Friends?" - Red Nichols & His Orchestra (1929)


CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?
Paul James, Kay Swift
"THE LITTLE SHOW OF 1929"

I took each word she said as gospel truth
The way a silly little child would;
I can't excuse it on the grounds of youth,

I was no babe in the wild, wild wood.
She didn't mean it, I should have seen it,
But now it's too late.

I thought I'd found the girl of my dreams,
Now it seems, this is how the story ends --
She's gonna turn me down and say,
"Can't we be friends?"

I thought for once it couldn't go wrong,
Not for long! I can see the way this ends --
She's gonna turn me down and say,
"Can't we be friends?"

Why should I care,
Though she gave me the air?
Why should I cry, heave a sigh,
And wonder why?

I thought I'd found the gal I could trust,
What a bust! This is how the story ends --
She's gonna turn me down and say,
"Can't we be friends?"


2 comments:

Trombonology said...

Simply purr-fect accompaniment.

Pink Ribbon appears taken aback by Brown Tabby's entreaty.

One of my favorite Wains yet. My interest is waining rather than waning.

BijouOrch said...

I just found this page in a google search for the lyrics to "Can't We Be Friends?" You seem to like a lot of the music we are preparing for our concert on Sept. 22 and 23 in Bay City. It's called "Note Able Women" and it is about the female lyricists and composers of Broadway/Tin Pan Alley in the 20s and 30s. We're The Bijou Orchestra. (www.bijouorchestra.org)

BTW...we have six cats here, too, and I love the wains...2