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Monday, July 28, 2003

How lovely it was

Thanks for the Memory
Words and Music by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
Introduced in the film "Big Broadcast Of 1938" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross

Thanks for the memory
Of candlelight and wine, castles on the Rhine
The Parthenon and moments on the Hudson River Line
How lovely it was!

Thanks for the memory
Of rainy afternoons, swingy Harlem tunes
And motor trips and burning lips and burning toast and prunes
How lovely it was!

Many's the time that we feasted
And many's the time that we fasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun and no harm done

And thanks for the memory
Of sunburns at the shore, nights in Singapore
You might have been a headache but you never were a bore
So thank you so much.

Thanks for the memory
Of sentimental verse, nothing in my purse
And chuckles when the preacher said "For better or for worse"
How lovely it was

Thanks for the memory
Of lingerie with lace, Pilsner by the case
And how I jumped the day you trumped my one-and-only ace
How lovely it was!

We said goodbye with a highball
Then I got as "high" as a steeple
But we were intelligent people
No tears, no fuss, Hooray! For us

So, thanks for the memory
And strictly entre-nous, darling how are you?
And how are all the little dreams that never did come true?
Awf'lly glad I met you, cheerio, and toodle-oo
And thank you so much.

(After it became his theme song, Bob Hope rarely sang "Thanks for the Memory" the same way twice. He tailored the lyrics to fit the news of the world, or the occasion.)

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