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You know how you just get a song stuck in your head and wind up listening to it on repeat?
I’ve had Marian the Librarian from the original 1962 movie, The Music Man, stuck in my head for two weeks now.
As much as I love Kristen Chenowith, her Marian in the 2003 version doesn’t make up for Matthew Broderick’s Harold Hill. Nothing compares to Robert Preston. His inflection and mannerisms absolutely make the character.
If you’ve never seen it, you really should. This movie musical is a classic! I love the entire thing although Marian the Librarian is the song that typically gets stuck in my head.
What can I say, my dear, to catch your ear I love you madly, madly
Heaven help us if the library caught on fire
And the Volunteer Hose Brigademen. Had to whisper the news to Marian…Madam Librarian
What can I say, my dear, to make it clear I need you badly, badly,
If I stumbled and I busted my what-you-may-call-it
I could lie on your floor unnoticed’
Till my body had turned to carrion…Madam Librarian.
Now in the moonlight, a man could sing it
In the moonlight
And a fellow would know that his darling
Had heard ev’ry word of his song
With the moonlight helping along.
But when I try in here to tell you, dear
I love you madly, madly,
It’s a long lost cause I can never win
For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin
Any talking out loud with any librarian
Such as Marian…Madam Librarian.