Lyrics

Act Three: A First Farewell

I SING THIS SONG FOR YOU (Music and Lyric by Louis Rosen)

Lyrics are thoughts, music emotion, the world of song — rich as the ocean. Songs align your brain and your soul, making them one to make you whole. It’s time I told those writers of song who’ve thrilled me and filled me my whole life long…

Today my debt comes due. I sing this song for you. I sing this song for you. Hey Bop, Doo-Wop, Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da, Doo-Wah, Doo-Wah, Surry.

Songs are built on songs, it’s true — a pinch of the old mixed with something new. A feeling here, a memory there… Presto! A new song is in the air. Then you work, and work is play. You’re one with the songsters who paved your way.

Today my debt comes due. I sing this song for you. I sing this song for you. Hey Bop, Doo-Wop, Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da, Doo-Wah, Doo-Wah, Surry. Can you Surry? Bop!

Music explains my life, you see. Take away song – it’s a mystery. Folk song, jazz, early rock and roll, Bossa Nova, Blues, Blue-eyed soul… From Mozart to Wonder, I’ve understood, life can be grand when the music’s good.

Today my debt comes due. I sing this song for you. I sing this song…for you. You…

Dylan, Gershwin, Lennon and McCartney; Laura’s confessing and Joni’s Blue. Lennie, Carole, Junior Burke and Stevie — I sing this song for you — this song for you…

Jobim, Armstrong, Ellington and Arlen; Simon, Sondheim and Taylor, too; Newman, Holland Dozier and Holland — I sing this song for you. Puente, Copland… this song’s for you. Mingus, Miles… this song’s for you.

Hey Bop, Doo-Wop, Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da, Doo-Wah, Doo-Wah, Surry, Hey Bop, Doo-Wop, Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da, Doo-Wah, Doo-Wah , Surry.

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