01 June 2008

IT'S ALL OVER - MANIC MONDAY


Just looking at today's Manic Monday word made me start thinking of song titles. This led to an earlier contest on the blog. Feel free to drop down and play some more if you like. In any case, the first song that popped into the frontal lobe was, "The Party's Over".

Bells Are Ringing seems dated now with its libretto centered on the switchboard of an answering service that brings together a whole host of misfits through the actions of one good intentioned operator played on both stage and screen by the incomparable Judy Holliday.

At the "Girl loses boy" point in the musical, Judy sings, "The Party's Over". Its delightful intelligent lyrics are a perfect fit for anyone who has been higher than high, in love with love, only to come crashing down in the wreckage of shattered hopes and dreams. Despite this lovely if unhappy song, you will be happy to know that "Girl gets Boy" by act III.

Since the Broadway musical and movie, the song has become a standard for virtually every female pop singer with any claim to a voice simply because of the opportunity for a fairly easy melody and meaningful lyric combined with some emoting on the side.

Here is the Doris Day hit version





Then if you like power ballads, here is the even more dramatic version by Shirley Bassey version. You have to click her name because it doesn't allow embedding.

The party's over
It's time to call it a day
They've burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away
It's time to wind up the masquerade
Just make your mind up the piper must be paid

The party's over
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, my friend

The party's over
It's time to call it a day
They've burst your pretty balloon and taken the moon away
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, my friend

It's all over, my friend

8 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I so love anything Doris Day. What a great voice. Excellent choice for over. Have a great MM Jamie. :)

Cheerio said...

Doris Day.....I still remember her songs from way back when. Makes me feel nostalgic.
Nice post.

crazy working mom said...

Very well done. Two great classics.

Happy Manic Monday from CrAzY Working Mom.

Janna said...

The name Shirley Bassey was ringing a bell, and I couldn't figure out why....
Then I remembered.
She's the one who sang the theme song for my favorite James Bond movie, "Goldfinger"!

anthonynorth said...

A great song. I could listen to it over and over again.

WillThink4Wine said...

I loved both versions! I'm still a sucker for a sappy happy Doris Day movie! And who doesn't love Shirley Bassey? Britney Spears.... pffft.

the teach said...

Such a sad song, Jamie. Great post! Happy MM! :D

Travis said...

Dame Shirley...tremendous.