Track Title: Prayer
Album Title: Internet Contributor III - Frank Sinatra
Prime Artist: Unknown
Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Outtake from: Hollywood Party 1934 (M)
If you ain't busy up there,
I ask for help with a prayer
So please don't give me the air
Oh, hear me Lord,
I wanna see Garbo in person
With Gable when they rehearsin'
While some director is cursin'.
Please let me open up my eyes at seven
And find I'm looking through the Golden Gate
And walking right into my movie heaven,
While some executive tells me I'll be great
I know how friendly you are
If I'm not going too far,
Be nice and make me a star.
*... about Prayer
The remarkable saga of Prayer epitomizes what Rodgers & Hart went through
when they were under contract to M.G.M.
In its first version the melody that became Blue Moon was intended for Jean
Harlow to sing in Hollywood Party.
Neither Miss Harlow nor Prayer apparead in Hollywood Party.
In its second life the "Prayer/Blue Moon" tune was given new lyrics and
became the title song of the 1934 M.G.M film
Manhattan Melodrama, which starred Clark Gable , William Powell and Myrna
Loy, and was the movie that John Dillinger had
been watching when he was gunned down outside the Biograph Theatre in Chicago.
The song was also known as "It's Just That Kind Of Play", but was cut from
the film before it was ready for release.
Manhattan Melodrama was also responsible for the third setting of the
"Prayer/ Blue Moon" tune. Under its new title "The Bad
In Every Man" It was sung by Shirley Ross in the film.
The fourth lyric setting of the melody came about when Jack Robbins, Head of
the M.G.M.'s publishing company, liked the
tune and said he would promote it if Hart would write a more commercial
lyrics. The result was Blue Moon.
Contributed by Carlene Bogle