Can't remember when I made this video, but I know I've posted it before.
I decided to rehash it simply to set a mood. My present mood.
It's a rainy, melancholy, sleepless night: a night made for hot tea and honey, freshly-baked pound cake, purring cats, a softly ticking clock....and the restless breath of a bitterly chilly wind stirring treetops and remnants of tattered leaves.
Silence. Solitude. Languid hours that conjure distant memories and the comforting echoes of places and lives that no longer exist. For a brief and precious moment the past seems alive again, almost real enough to feel the warmth.....
but the echoes inevitably vanish
with the rudely persistent ticking of the clock.
Please don't go......
The haunting song Marlene Dietrich sings in this video is Bitte Geh Nicht Fort (Please don't Leave Me). She's singing it in German.
It was written in 1959 by Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel, and the original French title is Ne Me Quitte Pas.
Brel was inspired to write this when his mistress Zizou (Suzanne Gabriello) left him. He didn't consider it to be a love song, but rather "a hymn to the cowardice of men."
Many singers have interpreted this song over the years - among the best were Nina Simone and (perhaps) Edith Piaf.
My absolute favorite, however, is Dietrich who - in my biased opinion - makes all others pale in comparison.
Also - for some incredibly strange reason - I prefer this song sung in German rather than the original French.
Note: your kind comments on my previous post meant a lot. Thanks!
(video is best viewed full-screen)