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Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering

2018-08-21 | 🔗

These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.  

This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
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and another man after that and another after that, no doubt about it. Willie is a terrific dancer and Jerry loves to watch remove, but so does every other man in the ball room at the Waldorf Historiae soap Jerry. Does the only thing he can he hobbled over to her empty seats, picks up a pen and rights. A short note, just a few words to his new bride scribbled on the front of their wedding invitation. A few words that go all the way to number one. You remember the words and you ve probably danced to the tune. But I wonder if you remember some of Jerry's other words also inspired by his loving wife words like these, the turned into a gold record with a little help from Jamie Americans this magic moment. So France, and so new was like any other until I kissed you
words are worth remembering because they were written right after Jerry, kissed, Willie Burke for the first time, They also tell us how much he yearned for love that would always feel is magical as it did during that first kiss and who, among us, hasn't yearned for the same, and what about these words that when all the way to number five, with a little help from the on and the Bell months, each. We have a quarrel. It almost breaks my heart because I am so afraid that we will have the part each night. I ask the stars up above. Why must I be a teenager in love? Those words are worth remembering because they show just how fragile their marriage was and how vulnerable jerry
more to the point. They show us just how willing he was to share his own vulnerability with the world and make no mistake. Jerry had a deep, well vulnerability from which to draw when he was only six about with polio landed him in a series of institutions where he was beaten and bullied. After a year in an iron long, he was doomed to a life of crutches in wheelchairs. Maybe that's how the white jewish kid from Brooklyn came to love the lose. Maybe that's why a man who couldn't walk allowed himself to fall in love with a woman whose simply had to dance? If you, Google, it you'll, find a home movie of their wedding reception. The footage is haunting the way old film always looks when the color get saturated and faded. You can see Jerry smiling as Willie dances with her cousins, her friends and pretty much every.
Other guy at the reception, and you can imagine in him telling her to dance with anyone. She fancies as long as she remembers the leaf with the man she married, which of course she does right up until she doesn't eight years after their wedding. It's nice in sixty five and Willie is dancing full time with someone new divorce, since looming and Jerry its alone in his kitchen bound to a wheelchair. So Harry does the only thing he can. He shot down a few more words, words, the go all the way to number two, with a little help from Andy Williams, can't get used to losing you no matter what I try to do. Gonna spend my whole life through loving you. Those were It is worth remembering because they explain why guys like re Charles and be king craved, Jerry's collaboration, they explain why Elvis Presley
once called him in the middle of the night to thank him for writing suspicion and why John Lennon went to a banquet just so he could sit next to him and why D said meeting with him? Was like quote being inside a cubicle with the piano and genius Jerry's Words or why Phil Spectre called him the greatest songwriter of all time. Maybe you don't remember Jerome Felder, maybe you don't remember Doc promise the name he published under, but I bet you remember the words he jotted down on his own wedding invitation. Words written by a crippled
I'd groom, who watched his new bride dance with a room full of other men, words that went all the way to number one with a little help from the drifters. You can dance with the guy who gave you the I let him hold you tight. You can smile for the man who held your hand, neath the pale blue light, but don't forget whose taken you home and in whose arms you're gonna be so darlin save the last ass. For me, those words are worth remembering and now that you know why they were written impossible to forget anyway, that's the way I heard.
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