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Nov 21

Written by: host
11/21/2010 12:00 AM  RssIcon

Some songs just refuse to go away. They may not have made it to the top of the list of great American songs, yet they continue to be played, mostly by musicians who appreciate their beauty. "Alice Blue Gown" is one of those songs.

Introduced by Edith Day in the 1919 Broadway show "Irene", the song has a universal appeal. First, of course, is the music itself -- an unassuming yet memorable waltz. But then there are the lyrics that tell the story of a young woman who clearly was not well-off enough to afford a new dress. But the "nearly new" gown of Alice Blue was her pride and joy. And my favorite part is this:
And it wore, and it wore, and it wore
'Til it went, and it wasn't no more

Pure poetry.

Edith Day (1896 - 1971) had a successful career in the theatre and made a few recordings. She was never a big star, but was certainly well-known. But I just love the way she puts this tune across. I hope you enjoy it. Here are the full lyrics.
I once had a gown, it was almost new
Oh, the daintiest thing, it was sweet Alice blue
With little forget-me-nots placed here and there
When I had it on, I walked on the air
And it wore, and it wore, and it wore
'Til it went, and it wasn't no more

In my sweet little Alice blue gown
When I first wandered down into town
I was both proud and shy, as I felt every eye
And in every shop window I primped passing by
Then in manner of fashion, I'd frown
And the world seemed to smile all around
'Til it wilted, I wore it, I'll always adore it
My sweet little Alice blue gown

The little silk worms that made silk for that gown
Just made that much silk and then crawled in the ground
For there never was anything like it before
And I don't dare to hope there will be any more
But it's gone, 'cause it just had to be
Still it wears in my memory

In my sweet little Alice blue gown
When I first wandered down into town
I was both proud and so shy, as I felt every eye
And in every shop window I primped passing by
Then in manner of fashion, I'd frown
And the world seemed to smile all around
So it wouldn't be proper if made of silk were another
My sweet little Alice blue gown

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