A Kiss is Just a Kiss - Words of Hope in a Time of World Distress.
Bogart and Bacall
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
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 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!
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