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Will You Still Be Mine? (1940)

from Elise Roth's 2nd Swing EP! by Elise Roth & Her Harvard Squares

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I do love a witty lyric - a charming song from 1940 by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair using contemporaneous adynatons, which is a word I absolutely had to look up - an adynaton is a form of hyperbole in which a statement is so extreme as to imply that it's impossible.

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Ever since my heart took such a tumble
I've wondered if your love for me would last
When landmarks fall and institutions crumble
Will it be just a memory of the past?

When lovers make no rendezvous
To stroll along Fifth Avenue
When this familiar world is through
Will you still be mine?

When cabs don't drive around the park
No windows light the summer dark
When love has lost its secret spark
Will you still be mine?

When moonlight on the Hudson's not romancy
And spring no longer turns a young man's fancy

When glamour girls have lost their charms
And sirens just mean false alarms
When lovers heed no call to arms
Will you still be mine?

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When Elsa's parties are no fun
When FDR declines to run
When Eleanor’s "My Day" is done
Will you still be mine?

When Garbo gives out interviews
And Harlem folks forget the blues
When G-Man Hoover's out of clues
Will you still be mine?

A song of love will just remain a gay note
When we have finally paid our FHA note

When Barrymore first hides his face
And when Yehudi leaves a trace
When Crosby's horses win a race
Will you still be mine?

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from Elise Roth's 2nd Swing EP!, released August 6, 2021

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Elise Roth London, UK

American chanteuse Elise Roth grew up listening to classic recordings of the vocalists of the Big Band Era. She has spent the past 5 years in the US, singing with 18-piece Big Bands and 1920s Jazz Orchestras. Known for her expressively authentic vocals and her period-perfect appearance, Elise has charmed audiences at various venues stateside, from swing dances to supper clubs to vintage events. ... more

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