So, Jim’s prompt for today is “Could/Might/Should/Would.” I had a lot of trouble with this until I remembered this song. I know I usually do a rock number for Song of the Day, but I think you’ll like this.
Steve Allen, from the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago (had to get that in), was many things: a talk-show host, comedian, author, musician, and songwriter. He was the original host of The Tonight Show, NBC’s late-night talk show that started running when TV was in its infancy, appproximately half of which was him showing off his many talents. He wrote thousands of songs (he said around 8500), including “This Could Be The Start Of Something,” originally written for the 1954 television musical production of The Bachelor. Steve published the song in 1956 and it became his theme song, and was performed by lots of different performers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Pia Zadora (remember her?), Oscar Peterson, and most notably by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. I should probably note that, according to Tom Poston (one of Steve’s regulars on Tonight), the song was written by Louis Nye (another Tonight regular), but I haven’t found any corroborating evidence. Here, the song is performed on February 9, 1958 by Steve Allen, Ann Southern, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, who are joined midsong by Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra. There are many more lyrics in the song as sung here than there are in the official song; my guess is that Steverino wrote them on the way to the studio. Also, a lot of the place names (many of which refer to locations in New York City) have been changed to reference similar places in Los Angeles.
Lyrics courtesy of AZLyrics:
You’re walkin’ along the street, or you’re at a party,
Or else you’re alone and then you suddenly dig,
You’re looking’ in someone’s eyes, you suddenly realize
That this could be the start of something big.
You’re lunching at Twenty-One and watchin’ your diet,
Declining a charlotte russe, accepting a fig,
When out of a clear blue sky, it’s suddenly gal and guy,
And this could be the start of something big.
There’s no controlling the unrolling of your fate, my friend,
Who knows what’s written in the magic book.
But when a lover you discover at the gate my friend,
Invite her in without a second look.
You’re up in an aeroplane or dining at Sardi’s,
Or lying at Malibu alone on the sand,
You suddenly hear a bell, and right away you can tell
That this could be the start of something grand.
This could be the start of something very big,
Why don’t you play your part?
Please give your heart to me….and see.
This could be the start of something wonderful,
Why don’t you take a chance?
Just try romance with me….and see.
Your watchin’ the sun come up and countin’ your money,
Or else in a dim cafe you’re ordering wine,
Then suddenly there he is, and you wanna be where he is,
And this must be the start of something…
This could be the heart of something…
This could be the start of something big.
And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for November 9, 2019.