Okay, here's the last song I'll be playing in our Take Me Along fest. Through the decades, there have been a handful of songs from musicals that, for whatever reason, I've just always loved. They may not be the best song in the show their from, but they just always have made me smile whenever I hear them. One, for example, is "I'd Do Anything" from Oliver! Another is "I'm Going Back" from Bells are Ringing. And this is another in that same category. I simply plain-out have always just loved listening to this song. And it's not the best song from Take Me Along. Just the one that most makes me smile.
The song is "But Yours." It's the last song in the show, sung by the irresponsible, former drunk Sid (played by Jackie Gleason) who has finally decided to stop his wandering ways and settle down with Lilly (Eileen Herlie, here), because he realizes he's in love with her.
Hmm. Well, I did say that was the last song I'd play here. But then I also said this is "the Finale." So, here then is a bonus. The actual finale.
Sid, it turns out, just isn't really ready to settle down. He's been too much of a drifter all his life, And so, in the end, he realizes he has to leave this small Connecticut town. And everyone sees him off at the train station.
Hey, you've put up with all of these posting and songs of charming, wistful, evocative, lovely and fun Take Me Along, you deserve the finale. Here's how it ends.
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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