About the Operas

by  Jerome Kern
IT NEVER, NEVER CAN BE LOVE

 

DICK

So here’s my hand, we’re friends you see

 

MARIETTA

Certainly, certainly.  

You’ll promise you’ll never make love at me?

 

DICK

No! No! No!  You will see.

 

MARIETTA

You’ll never try just to kiss my hand

 

DICK

I’m not that foolish kind of a man

 

BOTH

Then I’m sure, if you’re sure

And I’m sure, I am sure

That we mutually understand. 

We’ll call it bond platonic

Or friendship tried and true

We’ll call us just good comrades

Or simply chums will do

You may say I’m your partner,

My claim all claims above

But solemnly swear,

It never, never can be love

 

MARIETTA

I see I don’t appeal to you

 

DICK 

Oh well, you’ll do.

In friendship you’ll find that I’m tried and true

 

MARIETTA

Of course. Me too.

I s’pose your love must be tall and grand?

 

DICK

I shall never love, so here’s my hand

 

BOTH

Then I’m sure, if you’re sure

And I’m sure, I am sure

That we mutually understand. 

We’ll call it bond platonic

Or friendship tried and true

We’ll call us just good comrades

Or simply chums will do

You may say I’m your partner,

My claim all claims above

But solemnly swear,

It never, never can be love


 

ITALIAN STREET SONG

 

MARIETTA

Ah my heart is back in Napoli

Dear Napoli, dear Napoli

And I seem to hear again in dreams

Her revelry, her sweet revelry

The mandolinas playing sweet

The pleasant sound of dancing feet

Oh, could I return, oh, joy complete

Napoli, Napoli, Napoli

 

Zing, zing, zizzy, zizzy, zing, zing

Boom, boom, ay

Zing, zing, zizzy, zizzy, zing, zing

Mandolinas gay

Zing, zing, zizzy, zizzy, zing, zing

Boom, boom, aye. La, la, la, ha, ha, ha, Zing

Boom, ay

La, la, la, la, ha, ha, ha zing, boom, ay

 

The mandolinas playing sweet, the

Pleasant sound of dancing feet

Oh, could I return, oh, joy complete

Napoli, Napoli, Napoli

 

Zing, zing, zizzy, zizzy, zing, zing

Boom, boom, ay

Zing, zing, zizzy, zizzy, zing, zing

Mandolinas gay

Zing, zing, zizzy, zizzy, zing, zing

Boom, boom, aye. La, la, la, ha, ha, ha, Zing

Boom, ay

La, la, la, la, ha, ha, ha zing, boom, ay

 

I’M FALLING IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE

 

DICK

I’ve a very strange feeling I’ve ne’er felt before

Tis a kind of a grind of depression

My heart’s acting strangely: it feels rather sore

At least, it gives me that impression

My pulses leap madly without any cause

Believe me I’m telling you truly

I’m gay without pause then sad without cause

My spirits are truly unruly

 

For I’m falling in love with someone

Some one girl

I’m falling in love with someone

Head a-whirl

Yes I’m falling in love with someone

Plain to see

I’m sure I could love someone madly

If someone would only love me

 

Now I don’t mind confessing that I used to scoff

At this sort of a sport of flirtation

I used to believe that I’d never be caught

In this foolish but fond complication.

I’m losing all relish for things that were dear

I’m looking for trouble and know it

When someone is near, I’m feeling quite queer

But I heartily hope I don’t show it.

 

For I’m falling in love with someone

Some one girl

I’m falling in love with someone

Head a-whirl

Yes I’m falling in love with someone

Plain to see

I’m sure I could love someone madly

If someone would only love me

AH! SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE

 

DICK

Ah! Sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found thee

Ah! I know at last the secret of it all

All the longing seeking striving waiting yearning

 

DICK                                                                           

The burning hope

The joy and idle tears that fall 

For tis love and love alone the world is seeking         

And tis love and love alone that can repay

MARIETTA

Ah! At last I’ve found thee

found thee at last!

Tis love! Tis love!

BOTH 

Tis the answer tis the end and all of living

For it is love alone that rules for aye!