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A Kiss is Just a Kiss - Words of Hope in a Time of World Distress.

Updated on May 30, 2017

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The Pains inflicted during WWII

In WWII, the world wasn't just involved in a conflict. It was involved in a war of ideals.

Such lofty ideals as, freedoms; freedoms of speech, thought, religion and the freedom to live together as humans.

I 'm not writing this forum to preach about the purity of the thoughts of people on either side of the conflict, nor am I attempting to define or or demean the children of either side for their personal feelings about the warriors of the time..

No, I just want you to listen to a simple song.

It's a song that reverberated so strongly with a generation of warriors, wives and families at the time that it became a classic. Yet today it is nearly extinct with most of the present generation of music lovers.

If you are wondering about this song, it was stuck into the middle of a classic movie called Casablanca. The movie has, so far, stood the tests of time as a classic example of what people, normal everyday people ,had to do and give up to survive in those horrendous times of WWII.

You see, people were shot because of an errant word in front of the wrong person.

People were imprisoned for what was just a suspected slight to the wrong person.

People were placed in front of firing squads for having the wrong documents with them when they traveled.

People were placed in gas chambers just because of their ethnicity.

But I will not beat on this much wounded horse.

We all know that the atrocities were real and the pains of so many were beyond unbearable.

The Casablanca Movie on DVD

Just a Song in a Movie

War! Love! Spies! Exotic Countries! Intrigue!

What else can you ask for in a movie, regardless of when it was made.

I just want you, my fellow human beings, to read the short collection of words and then hear them sung, so lightly then and by so many other artists since then.

Words that reflect a worlds feelings that even they did not know were unique and special reflections of a generation's acceptance of pain and battles for their freedoms.

Words, sung with feeling and for effect, of course, in a classic movie scene.

The words of a simple piano player, sung in a raucous bar full of people in a strange land, that can tear out your heart strings.

If you just take the time to see, hear and feel their power.

Lyrics of a song of its time

Too often, songs with great lyrics can become famous and especially popular because of their source or the singers and their popularity or just their venue.

This classic song is more poetry than just a song.

It is more a pained reflection of a time of world wars, confusing futures and savage devastations.

Read them as the Poetry they are;

This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension.

Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory.
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension

And no matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed.

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date.
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate.
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny.

It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

© 1931 Warner Bros. Music Corporation, ASCAP

The famous scene and the famous Singer

Humphrey Bogart
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As Time Goes BY, we all wonder Why!

In a time of worldwide distress and war, the people, young and old, Ailies and Axis, all lived from moment to moment, from day ti day.

Wondering!

Wondering about tomorrow!

Will they live another day? Will their Sons come home? Will they have a house to live in?

Will strangers tear them their lives asunder and leave them.

Leave them as wounded souls on a battlefield far away in a war that they never really understood?

Leave them to suffer and agonize over the inevitable questions; WHAT is this thing people are dying for? WHY are we all so intent on destruction? and the ever present question;

WHY ME? Why am I standing on this barricade with a gun in my hand?

Remember, a Kiss is Just a Kiss

You see, the actors were larger than life, then.

They had such powerful acting skills as to take one to other levels of existence while sitting in dark theaters.

They could take a script and right there, in front of a simple camera, make you believe.

Make you believe that they really were the characters who they portrayed.

And, in this movie, they portrayed lovers. Lovers caught in a War!

Not just lovers, but lovers who were fighters.

Each one fighting for a different lofty ideal. But lovers who, none the less, still felt, just like you and me, They felt Love!

They came upon each other in a lonely place, with strange and powerful people attempting to control them and divert them from their goals. And, in the end they tossed their love aside for duty.

A duty to a higher cause.

A duty that crushed and tore apart so many lovers during this extremely devastating war.

And, they demonstrated, on a lonely airfield, on a cold foggy night, that sometimes Love had a purpose larger than the lives of the Lovers themselves.

After all ....... A Kiss is Just a KISS!

Casablanca

© 2014 Don Bobbitt

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful reflection, Don! I will always believe in the power of love over hate....call me a fool but that is who I am.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This was a wonderful approach to this great truth. I must say I mixed the words a bit, but I have sung this song to all my children and even my little four year old asks for the kiss song. His big brothers and sisters and I still sing it on road trips. My dad bought a wooden Wurlitzer that my sister still has along with Louis on '78 vinyl.

      Thanks you brought a tear to this old boy's eye.

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      Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      billybuc- So glad you liked my reflection on this classic song and on how Love is a power to be reckoned with.

      I just heard it on my car radio, while scanning channels and it sent my brain into a spiral of old memories.

      Thanks for the read and the kind words.

      DON

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      Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Ericdierker- Thanks so much for the great comment about your memories of this old movie and how much it means to you and your family.

      We also had an old "Record Player" but sadly, it disappeared over the decades from my parents home.They had some great old "records" that I grew up hearing in the evenings.

      Thanks again,

      DON

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Profound words in a time of turmoil. I suppose the world has always been in some sort of turmoil: even for the US: the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Mexican-American War, etc., etc., all up to the present. What we need is love. The song is beautiful and the lyrics are profound - transcending time. Thanks for writing this; you've brightened my day. :)

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      Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      cclitgirl - Thanks so much for the kind comment on my article.

      Here is something to think about.

      If you eliminated every Movie, Song and evn Book that had LOVE in it, what would we have left?

      It's a scary thought, to me anyway!

      Thanks again,

      DON

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      titi6601 3 years ago

      Love rules the world.

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      Dbro 2 years ago from Texas, USA

      Excellent hub, donbobbit. I love the lyrics to this song - how appropriate they are yet today. There are some truths that span every age, and love is one of those truths.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved that old classic movie. They don't make ' em like that anymore. Enjoyed your hub!

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      Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      always exploring- I grew up with these movies on our TV at home. It was always a treat when Mom and Dad would call us in for one of these great movies.

      We would all gather in our Den and not a sound was uttered until the movies was over.

      Great Memories with these Classics.

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