On The Street Where You Live

We often associate spring with the time of year when new romance blooms. I have chosen the song “On The Street Where You Live” written by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner from the 1956 Broadway musical "My Fair Lady” that so beautifully and simply describes the feeling of being in love. It was sung by the character Freddie Eynsford-Hill, the possible love threat for Professor Henry Higgins, when he became smitten with Eliza Doolittle. 

Vic Damone’s version of “On The Street Where You Live” became a big hit in 1956 and Eddie Fisher’s 1958 version reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts. The song went on to be recorded by a wide variety of well known artists over the years. If you do a search, you will no doubt find a version by a performer you and your exercise class participants will enjoy.

Instead of explaining why this song is so wonderful, I thought I might share the heartfelt lyrics that speak for themselves. A real example of poetry in song. 

"I have often walked, down the street before

But the pavement alway stayed beneath my feet before

All at once am I, several stories high

Knowing I’m on the street where you live

Are there lilac trees, in the heart of town?

Can you hear a lark in any other part of town?

Does enchantment pour, out of every door?

No, it's just on the street where you live

And oh, the towering feeling

Just to know somehow you are near

The overpowering feeling

That any second you may suddenly appear

People stop and stare, they don't bother me

For there's no where else on earth that I would rather be

Let the time go by, I won't care if I

Can be here on the street where you live

People stop and stare, they don't bother me

For there's no where else on earth that I would rather be

Let the time go by, I won't care if I

Can be here on the street where you live

Let me be on the street where you live"

It was Vic Damone's popular Columbia Recording that introduced "On The Street Where You Live" to the broader public in 1956

It was Vic Damone's popular Columbia Recording that introduced "On The Street Where You Live" to the broader public in 1956