Today's selection from Take Me Along, with a score by Bob Merill, is one that I include for a couple reasons. The first is that I simply like it on its own merits, for it's charm and sweet lyricism. But I also decided to embed it here because it's one of those handful of songs (the kind that we all have) that are part of a "life philosophy" I happen to believe in, and I've always loved it for that reason.
To be clear, this isn't My Philosophy of Life. That would be far too simplistic. But we all have a bunch of songs, I think, that each individually are able to express a different aspect of something that's always been at least a part of our personal make-up. This song is one of those that crowd my portfolio. It just holds great resonance for me.
"Promise Me a Rose" is sung by the character Lily (sister of Walter Pidgeon's Nat), whose relationship with the irresponsible Sid (played by Jackie Gleason) is one of the core plots of the show. He's returned to the quiet town, but his wanderlust ways have never meshed with hers. And that leads to Eilieen Herlie here (pictured below) describing how she's always seen her life, in "Promise Me a Rose.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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