“April Showers” – “Buddy” DeSylva‏

"April Showers, Champs Élysées Paris" - Childe Hassam

April Showers, Champs Élysées Paris (1888)

Childe Hassam

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when I was a boy the obliteration of
Al Jolson as an extraordinary talent
hadn’t yet occurred, black indignation
hadn’t, however justifiably, banished
him from our cultural landscape

but he’d been big, consider the array
of songs he made indelible from
April Showers to My Mammy
by way of You Made Me Love You,
for instance, or About a Quarter to
Nine
“,
among other equally
noteworthy melodies, airs we all still
sing on occasion, complete with all
their familiar words

the film, The Jolson Story is still
one of my very favourite musicals,
available in segments here if you
follow the links, its every megabyte
worth watching, you’ll come away
enraptured and singing

and there’s even a sequel

meanwhile here are the lyrics to
this irrepressibly hopeful tribute
to the month of bluebirds and
daffodils and, of course, violets

of which I wish you boundless
bouquets

April Showers

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,
Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
When the sun gives way to April showers,
Here’s a thought that we should never miss:

Though April showers
May come your way,
They bring the flowers
That bloom in May;
And if it’s raining,
Have no regrets;
Because it isn’t raining rain, you know,
It’s raining violets

And when you see clouds
Upon the hill,
You soon will see crowds
Of daffodils;
So keep on looking for the bluebird,
And listening for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.

Though April showers
May come your way,
They bring the flowers
That bloom in May;
And if it’s raining,
Have no regrets;
Because, it isn’t raining rain, you know,
It’s raining violets.

And when you see clouds
Upon the hill,
You soon will see crowds
Of daffodils;
So keep on looking for the bluebird,
And listening for his song,
Whenever April showers come along

“Buddy” DeSylva

__________

Richard

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