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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 meaning......now 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 song.......so much better now........and for that we thank him.
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    UnregisteredAug 4, 2012 at 6:19 am
    I'm 65 now, and this is one of those songs when i hear it by bennett or
    Sinatra takes me back to and era in this country that is now gone and lets me know just how so lucky i have been and how wonderful life has been for me.
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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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    UnregisteredAug 18, 2012 at 12:42 am
    This song reminds me of my son and his wife. Their marriage was very happy. Then, she passed on, suddenly, unprecedentedly. They were a special couple with 2 young children. Now all my son has is memories of "once upon a time.
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    UnregisteredAug 16, 2012 at 8:14 am
    An ageing gentleman, in a moment of reverie, hearkening back to his youth, and the girl for whom he not only "fell" but married. She, to his sorrow, has gone to her eternal sleep.

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