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Once Upon A Time
Tony Bennett
Words by Lee Adams and Music by Charles Strouse

Did not chart, although it was recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Robert
Goulet, Al Martino, Jim Reeves, Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, and Bobby Darin
Sung in the Broadway musical "All American" by Ray Bolger and Eileen Herlie

Once upon a time a girl with moonlight in her eyes
Put her hand in mine and said she loved me so
But that was once upon a time, very long ago

Once upon a time we sat beneath a willow tree
Counting all the stars and waiting for the dawn
But that was once upon a time, now the tree is gone

How the breeze ruffled up her hair
How we always laughed as though tomorrow wasn't there
We were young and didn't have a care
Where did it go?

Once upon a time the world was sweeter than we knew
Everything was ours, how happy we were then
But somehow once upon a time never comes again

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    Gerald FaganFeb 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm
    my lovely wife and I heard Mr. Bennett In Windsor, Ontario Canada. We watched with awe as the gentleman worked the audience for over an hour fronting four fabulous players in a clever, fully rehearsed performance. What was most impressive was his marvellous phrasing of the language,,,,,,, avoiding the pitfalls of a changing voice........and of course his consummate musical taste. We wish him only the best as he continues to do what he loves to do......and that is to communicate his music to those who appreciate great talent. Once Upon a Time took on a special that I heard it again after so many years. This is not a maudiling comment......but his understanding of the musical language is even better than when he could hold all of the pitches for full value,,,,,,,,,, or when he just sang the much better now........and for that we thank him.
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    Penny CurtisMar 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    My Mom went to see Tony at the old Seville theatre in MOntreal when he was only 17 years old. She was always a devoted fan from then on. What a career!
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    UnregisteredJun 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    Howard keel's version is the best,bennett's version sounds too harsh,no feeling at all in his voice,sometimes almost shouting,esp.his last "once upon a time"the song brings back wonderful memories for me too of my first wife,she passed away over 20 years ago,i loved her so much,and still do.
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    UnregisteredApr 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm
    Sweet, and sad. But sometimes, once upon a time does come again. It happened to me and my wife of 32 years. At 63 years of age, this song still brings tears to my eyes as i remember what we felt then, and feel more completely today. They are tears of extreme happiness.
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    UnregisteredSep 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    Still touches my heart. We all have a past and for a few minutes it gives us all the feeling of how special love is. I think when hearing this of my parents taking care of us and I still feel their love. Sometimes longing for those slow easy times.

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