This is My Song by Petula Clark

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This is My Song by Petula Clark

Pop Music

Petula Clark’sThis Is My Song” was an international hit in 1966. It went to #1 in Great Britain, #3 in the U.S., and #4 in Canada. And the French-language version (“C’est Ma Chanson“)—also sung by Petula, who’s fluent in French—went to #1 in France.

This record is a great example of the cross-pollination of ideas and styles that happened regularly during the Sixties. Like other decades, the Sixties are often reduced to a quaint abbreviation; in this case, usually: long hair, flowers, love. It was all much richer than that. The music, especially, was increasingly inventive, melding new and old sounds. For instance, “This Is My Song” brought together two huge stars, one from the 1920s and the other from the 1960s.

The music and lyrics were written by Charles Chaplin (aka Charlie Chaplin, aka the Little Tramp). He wrote it for his 1967 comedy A Countess From Hong Kong , which starred Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando. By 1966, Petula, thanks to hits like “Downtown,” was one of the biggest singing stars in the world. She and Charlie had neighboring homes in Switzerland. Charlie had wanted popular 1930s star Al Jolson (The Jazz Singer), to sing “This Is My Song”. Unfortunately, Al had died in 1950. Being the biggest film star in history probably didn’t leave much time for things like reading the obituaries. So Charlie approached Petula. Petula thought the lyrics were too old-fashioned. She recorded it anyway, thinking it wouldn’t be more than an album track. It turned out to be one of her biggest hits.

Record of "This is My Song" by Petula Clark

Charlie included only an instrumental version of the song in the film. Maybe he just couldn’t get over the fact that Jolson was dead. Charlie made a cameo appearance in the movie as a ship steward. It was his last appearance on film. He died in 1977. Charlie’s hesitant collaboration with Petula Clark in 1966 resulted in a much bigger success than the movie and proved to be his poignant walk into the sunset.

Here are the lyrics to “This is My Song” by Petula Clark:

“Why is my heart so light
Why are the stars so bright
Why is the sky so blue
Since the hour I met you

Flowers are smiling bright
Smiling for our delight
Smiling so tenderly
For the world, you and me

I know why the world is smiling
Smiling so tenderly
It hears the same old story
Through all eternity

Love, this is my song
Here is a song, a serenade to you
The world cannot be wrong
If in this world there’s you

I care not what the world may say
Without your love there is no day
So Love, this is my song
Here is a song, a serenade to you

I care not what the world may say
Without your love there is no day
So Love, this is my song
Here is a song, a serenade to you”

If you are interested in reading about listening to another song by Petula Clark, please click here for “Downtown.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “This is My Song” by Petula Clark.

Rick Balian
Rick Balian
Rick Balian is an award-winning playwright who grew up on the wrong side of the ’60s (the ’70s). He still marvels at the diversity, inventiveness, and energy of music from then and wonders if it will ever be matched. He’s randomly optimistic that it will.

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  1. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to another song by Petula Clark, please click here for “This is My Song.” […]

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