Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me, on Turner Classic Movies
Wednesday night? I sat there in my nest, aka my favorite corner of
the leather sectional, in the sitting room off the kitchen, completely
glued to the screen. I didn't realize until then, what a big part
Mercer's songs have played in my life. I knew the words to nearly all
of them. He was a genius. We owe this lovely man a huge debt of
gratitude. Take a listen to two of my faves. They've been in my head
Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going, I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.
Skylark, have you anything to say to me?
Won't you tell me where my love can be?
Is there a meadow in the mist
where some one's waiting to be kissed?
Skylark, have you seen a valley green with spring
where my heart can go a journeying
over the shadows and the rain
to a blossom covered lane?
And in your lonely flight
haven't you heard the music in the night,
faint as a will o' the wisp, crazy as a loon,
sad as a gypsy serenading the moon.
Oh, skylark, I don't know if you can find these things
but my heart is riding on your wings.
So if you see them anywhere
won't you lead me there?
By the way, the DVD version of this documentary will be available
just in time for Christmas, for all you Mercer fans out there.
This just in:
This program will air again Wednesday, November 18
on TCM at 6:00 P.M. EST.