Song Lyric Sunday: “A Day In The Life Of A Fool”

Well, to quote Roert Burns, "The best-laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley." Seeing that Jim’s theme for today was was "smart/stupid," I chose "Somethin’ Stupid" by Frank and Nancy Sinatra as my song for today. But, before I did anything else, I checked to see if someone else had the idea, and saw that Melanie beat me to it.

I came up with another song, "A Day In The Life Of A Fool," originally titled "Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of Carnaval)," by Luiz Bonfa, with Portuguese lyrics by Antônio Maria. Originally written for the 1959 Marcel Camus film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), it became an international hit and started off the bossa nova craze of the 1960’s. The English lyrics were written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, and Luigi Creatore, originally for Perry Como, but, it having become a standard, hundreds more covers of it have been recorded, both vocal and instrumental.

The cover I’ve chosen was recorded by Nana Mouskouri, the bespectacled Greek chanteuse who has recorded over 200 albums in twelve different languages. I chose hers because hey, I like Nana Mouskouri.

The lyrics via AZLyrics:

A day in the life of a fool,
A sad and a long lonely day
I walk the avenue,
And hope I’ll run into
The welcome sight of you,
Coming my way.
I stop just across from your door,
But you’re never home any more.
So back to my room,
And there in the gloom
I cry tears of good bye.
That’s the way it will be
Every day in the life of fool.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for November 1, 2020.

22 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “A Day In The Life Of A Fool”

  1. I like Nana Mouskouri and it was my mom who introduced me to her work. When I was young, I scoffed a bit because she was so liked by my mom and I was trying g to be hip…which I never was. A few years later, only a few, I told my mom tha I was always liked her. She has such a great voice and is so versatile.

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  2. Hi John – I love her songs – she just has the most incredible voices – thanks for reminding me about her. Loved hearing the song … and yes, in reply, to your comment reply above – great I love the uniqueness of the recordings you give us. Take care and all the best this week – let’s hope it’s peaceful … Hilary

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    1. Yes, let’s pray for peace, although I think certain elements of society are hellbent on destruction…

      When I have a chance to use something a little off the beaten path music-wise, I use it and have fun with it.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. When you mentioned she had a TV show on the BBC, I remembered a sketch that The Two Ronnies did on one of their shows where Ronnie Barker played her and Ronnie Corbett played Charles Aznavour (yes, we used to get “The Two Ronnies” in the early ’80’s and thought they were hilarious…).

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  3. NOVA’s latest video release (YouTube) is the English translation of the Portuguese lyrics of this beautiful song.

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  4. What a beautiful song! I’m sorry for being too quick off the mark too! But I’d never have found something half as unique if you’d beaten me to that song….great choice!!

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