In a comment a few letters ago, Don Frankel broached that a Civil War-era ballad titled LORENA be considered for inclusion in my upcoming Lady L songs post. Don’s suggestion now being timely, I am pleased to accommodate it to start L (Part II):

When it comes to songs of that period, no presentation would be complete without input from the “Father of American Music,” Stephen Collins Foster, composer of MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME, JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR, OH, SUSANNA and many others. As it happens, none of these is a Lady L….but this one is, twice-over:

Let’s turn now from the Civil War to Harry Warren, who, together with lyricist Al Dubin, comprised one of the great song writing teams of the 1930s-40s. Thanks to them, I was introduced to a lulu of a gal named Lulu. Recently we met again and I asked “Is it true you fell for a Zulu who flew you to Honolulu to woo you but was untrue to you? When you left, I hardly knew you.” Now that she has returned,

I gotta get my old tuxedo pressed
Gotta sew a button on my vest
‘Cause tonight I’ve gotta look my best….



2 comments on “‘LLZAPOPPIN’ (PART II)

  1. Don Frankel says:

    Thank you Muse. I’m honored to make a contribution.

    This is a great rendition of this song and it’s a great American song. It is poignant insight into how painful that war must have been to this country. Battlefield casualties were a million and very few survived their wounds. There was also an equal number of soldiers who died of disease. No one counted up the civilian dead but estimates run as high as 3/4 of a million. The population of the country was only 36 million which means that close to one in 12 Americans died. So just about everyone lost someone and some a lot more than one.

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