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Sarah Vaughan - Speak Low (Live @ The London House) Mercury Records 1958

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Published on Jul 20, 2011

"Speak Low" is a popular 1943 song composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Ogden Nash. It was introduced by Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in the Broadway musical One Touch of Venus (1943). The 1944 hit single was by Guy Lombardo and his orchestra, with vocal by Billy Leach. The tune is a jazz standard that has been widely recorded. The opening line is a (slight mis) quotation from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Act II Scene 1 (1600), where it is spoken by Don Pedro.

Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described by music critic Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One", Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner. The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its "highest honor in jazz", the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989.

Sarah's accompanied on the live album "After Hours" by Ronell Bright (piano), Richard Davis (double bass), Roy Haynes (drums), Thad Jones & Wendell Culley (trumpet), Henry Coker (trombone), and Frank Wess (tenor saxophone). Recorded live at the London House in Chicago, Illinois, March 7, 1958. (Mercury Records)

Speak low when you speak love
Our summer day withers away too soon, too soon
Speak low when you speak love
Our moment is swift, like ships adrift,
We're swept apart, too soon

Speak low, darling, speak low
Love is a spark, lost in the dark too soon, too soon
I feel wherever I go
That tomorrow is near,
Tomorrow is here and always too soon

Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief

We're late, darling, we're late
The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon
I wait, darling, I wait
Will you speak low to me, speak love to me and soon

Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief
Time a thief

We're late, darling, we're late
The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon
I wait, darling, I wait
Will you speak low to me, speak love to me and soon
Will you speak low to me, speak love to me too soon
Will you speak low to me, speak love to me and soon
And soon

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