Saturday, April 4, 2009

Appendix C: Music and Songs

The Andrew Sisters
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To hear recordings of the music and songs mentioned by Frank Samethini in his memoir, click on the links below.

Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (The Andrew Sisters)

Prelude in E Minor by Chopin (Rafal Blechacz)

Holland's Flag (Hollands Vlag, Je Bent Mijn Glorie)

Piet Hein (De Zilverfloot - Haags Matrozenkoor. Song begins at 0:25)

There By the Mill (Daar Bij die Molen - Tweegebroeders te Roosendaal)

Silent Night (Bing Crosby)

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond (John McDermott)

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Jack Daly)

Beautiful Dreamer (Bing Crosby)

Tipperary (John McCormack)

Begin the Beguine (Artie Shaw, instrumental)

When the Poppies Bloom Again (The Radio Serenaders)

Stardust (Artie Shaw)

Home on the Range (Sons of the Pioneers)

My Own (Deanna Durbin) This was Lisa's favourite song before the war.

Dinah (Bing Crosby)

My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin)

Lady Luck (The California Ramblers) This 1929 American jazz hit was featured in the movie The Show of Shows, and some versions contain the lyric "She's my lady luck". Yet given the great number of British POWs on the Burma Railway, the song might have been the old music hall standard The Lily of Laguna, which has the refrain "She's my lady love."

Always (Deanna Durbin)

Home Sweet Home (Instrumental, organ)

Auld Lang Syne (Orchestral with bagpipes. A fitting tribute to the many Scottish POWs on the Burma Railway)

There's A Long, Long Trail (Keyboard and lyrics)

Down At the Station (Op een Klein Stationnetje - Play video to hear the song. This is the Dutch children's song Frank suddenly remembered while on he was on the train passing through Alor Star, Malaya in 1944)

The Lambeth Walk (Michael Flome Dance Orchestra)

You Belong to My Heart (Gracie Fields)

Sentimental Journey (Doris Day)

Rum and Coca-cola (The Andrew Sisters)

Don't Fence Me In (Gene Autry)

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