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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adios, Auf Wiedersehen, Farewell Blues, , , , ,   


    AUF WIEDERSEHEN (German): until we meet again, a temporary farewell or goodbye

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    In a comment to my last post, I included a clip of a great German vocal group singing AUF WIEDERSEH’N, MY DEAR (a 1932 composition by American songwriters, not to be confused with AUF WIEDERSEH’N, SWEETHEART, a song which was a hit in 1952).

    As it happens, there are a number of “goodbye” songs, but some are more extreme than others. For example, the Italian composer Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) wrote a famous (in his day) song titled GOODBYE, in which that word appears ten times, including five times in the last two lines:

    What are we waiting for, you and I?
    A pleading look, a stifled cry.
    Goodbye, forever! Goodbye, forever!
    Goodbye! Goodbye! Goodbye!

    Bye and bye, such an effusive edict of terminal temerity caused famed black vaudeville comedian Bert Williams no end of alarm:

    And then, amigo mio, there’s the Spanish word for goodbye, which has a more soothing sound….unless you happen to be a gringo facing a bandito….

    ….which would be enough to give anyone the….

    THE END (but comments are open, if you have any final thoughts).

    • scifihammy 5:15 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like Goodbyes – but your song choices are fine 🙂
      Oh – you forgot Bye Bye Baby by the Bay City Rollers! hahaha 😀

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    • Don Frankel 7:26 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In addition to goodbye there is also goodnight and maybe Tosti just came back for next week’s show like this guy.

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      • mistermuse 9:03 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The relationship between lovers(?) in the Tosti song sounds like toast, but not the relationship between Jimmy Durante and Mrs. Calabash! In any case, Don, thanks for the clip — I remember it well.


    • arekhill1 2:35 pm on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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    • mistermuse 6:04 pm on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I must admit that Tosti was a piker when it comes to repeating the word “Goodbye” in song.


    • RMW 4:43 pm on March 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Then I don’t ever want to say “tosti.” But I prefer “hasta la vista.”

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    May is Older Americans Month (fka Senior Citizens Month). Back in 1963, when the month was established, I was “a young man full of idealism and vigor” (as Barack Obama joked recently at the White House in a different context), a year out of the army with the rest of my life ahead of me. Now here it is 2016, some 53 years later, and I still have the rest of my life ahead of me. Amazing.

    So much for the glass-half-full outlook. In the other hand, the glass is half-empty:


    Old age is a sad estate.
    With it comes wisdom,
    But it comes so late.

    Now recall innocent youth.
    Ignorance was bliss,
    But less than truth.

    Why can’t life be in reverse:
    Born knowing the score,
    Blameless in the hearse?

    The old joke about old age is that there’s not much future in it. Maybe so, but I like to think ‘outside the box.’ One thing for sure: Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis

    Well, never let it be said that this blog is no place for good quotes. Most of the following goodies aren’t funny, but then, old age isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs either. So, until further adieu:

    Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. –Maurice Chevalier

    Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man. –James Thurber

    A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, “At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.” –Claude Pepper

    Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. –Benjamin Franklin

    Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. –Victor Hugo

    There’s no such thing as old age; there is only sorrow. –Fay Weldon

    Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. –Sinclair Lewis

    A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. –Robertson Davies

    Not even old age knows how to love death. –Sophocles

    By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it. –George Burns (who, in case you forgot, lived to age 100)

    And now for the BIG (double) FINISH:



    • Cynthia Jobin 12:34 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed listening to both renditions of the Farewell Blues.

      I like Mark Twain’s take on the fear of death: — ‘I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience…’

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      • mistermuse 7:33 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Cynthia. I hadn’t read that Mark Twain quote before (or, if I did, I forgot it in my old age). 🙂

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    • eths 1:45 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Losing a son last year made me look at my life differently. I feel really lucky to be 81 and in good health and to look forward to each day, particularly now that I’ve found the blogging world.

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      • mistermuse 7:48 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I can empathize, as I lost my only sister this year. As for your blog, I read it (ir)religiously and I look forward to it each day — or at least each year (just kidding – I wholly recommend it). 🙂

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        • eths 5:46 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink

          I am sorry about your sister. I hope you are doing well.

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    • ladysighs 7:43 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for informing me that May is Old Age Month. I think. 😦
      One of those things I’d rather not think about, but now that I know about it I can’t stop thinking about it.

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      • mistermuse 8:10 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ladysighs, I’d apologize, but I’d like to think this post inspired your excellent blog post today along the same lines (I’m sure you wrote yours before you saw mine, but that’s just a minor detail). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 2:47 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Old or young, keep in mind the words of the philosopher–“Nobody gets out of life alive.”


      • mistermuse 6:11 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Some people are lucky to get INTO it alive….which seems ironic, when you consider that none of us asked to be conceived, much less born. To paraphrase Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca: It seems that fate takes a hand.


    • Carmen 6:56 am on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mister use-
      I get that comment from a few of my students when they realize I’m the same age as their grandmothers. They’ll blurt out, “You’re OLD!!” I always come back with, “Compared to whom?”
      It’s all relative. . 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:10 am on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s all relative until we kick the bucket….and then it’s all relatives (at the funeral). 🙂


    • Don Frankel 5:29 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I swore I commented on this but then maybe I just came into the room where I have the computer and stared at the screen and forgot why I went into this room. What’s this post about again?

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      • mistermuse 8:34 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome to the club, Don. It’s the only club I know of where, once you’re in, there’s only one way out. 😦


        • Carmen 8:49 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink

          Methinks you two exaggerate. . .there’s lots of mustard left to cut with the pair of you! 😉

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    • mistermuse 9:20 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen, your comment cuts the mustard, whether we exaggerate or not. 🙂


    • blindzanygirl 12:17 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love those quotes mistermuse. Looks like I have dug right back into your blog. But it was worth it!

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      • mistermuse 12:48 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        To think that when I wrote this post, Trump wasn’t even the Republican nominee for U.S. President yet. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but judging by the past 3 1/2 years, time flies even when you’re not having fun.

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