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Barbra Streisand - Down With Love, 1963

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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2008

21 year old Barbra Streisand sings a stunning version of "Down With Love" from the 1937 musical "Hooray for What!" with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and music by Harold Arlen. The performance is from Episode 9 of the Judy Garland Show, taped on October 4, 1963 and broadcast October 6.

Um, well,... it starts out as "Down With Love" - but then at 2:49 Barbara pulls in lines from multiple showtunes until she returns to finish DWL at 3:18. But Barbra's not done yet. At 3:40 she branches off again to close out the number.

The arrangement and performance are both brilliant.

Lyrics:

Down with love
With flowers and rice and shoes
Down with love
The root of all midnight blues
Down with things
That give you that well-known pain
Take that moon
Wrap it in cellophane
Down with love let's liquidate
All it's friends
Like moon, June, roses
And rainbow's ends
Down with songs
That mourn about night and day
Down with love
Take it away, away
Take it away, take it away
Give it back to the birds
To bees and the Viennese
Down with eyes romantic and stupid
Down with sighs, down with cupid
Brother let's stuff that dove
Down with love
Down with love
Liquidate all it's friends
Like moon, June, roses
And rainbow's ends
Down with song
That mourns about night and day
You are the one...
And I don't stand a chance with a ghost like you
Ah, the promised kiss of Spring is here...
What does my heart go dancin' overhead...
On the ceiling near my bed...
We go now...
Because I talk to the trees, but they don't listen to me
I tell them: You say either - I say i-ther
You say neither, I say neither - I say ni-ther
Either, i-ther
Neither, ni-ther
Let's call the whole thing off!
Take it away, take it away
Give it back to the birds
And the bees and the Viennese
Down with eyes romantic and stupid
Down with sighs, down with cupid
Brother let's stuff that dove...
Down, down, down
I go on round and round
I go in a spin
Hating the spin, I'm in!
What is this thing...
What is this thing called love?

This is an excerpt from volume 5 of the now-discontinued 8 DVD set "The Judy Garland Show Collection". Several individual DVDs from the show have been reissued recently, so it may be available for purchase again. It is also distributed by major DVD rental services in the US/Canada.

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