Long Ago and Far Away

Maybe its my age or the long ongoing lockdown due to Covid-19 or maybe the coming of Spring. All I know is that songs from my past are showing up in my stream of consciousness with increasing regularity.

Most recent is “Long Ago and Far Away,” a song by Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern introduced by the pop singer, Jo Stafford, in 1944. The words hurt because they remind me of my beloved who died two years ago:

Long ago and far away, I dreamed a dream one day

And now that dream is here beside me

Long the skies were overcast but now the clouds have passed

You’re here at last

Chills run up and down my spine, Aladdin’s lamp is mine

The dream I dreamed was not denied me

Just one look and then I knew

That all I longed for long ago was you

Chills run up and down my spine, Aladdin’s lamp is mine

The dream I dreamed was not denied me

Just one look and then I knew

That all I longed for long ago was you

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