A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square 

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square is the 1939 British romantic popular song one finds oneself humming as soon as one’s Church’s hit the green lawns of Berkeley Square. Written in 1939 with lyrics by Englishman Eric Maschwitz and music by tunesmith Manning Sherwin from across the pond, the popular love song has maintained a perennial appeal to Mayfair sweethearts.

 

The song about the magic of the meeting of two lovers has been sung by many but it is the forces sweetheart, our very own Dame Vera Lynn, who really owns this song.

 

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

When two lovers meet in Mayfair, so the legends tell,
Songbirds sing; winter turns to spring.
Every winding street in Mayfair falls beneath the spell.
I know such enchantment can be, ‘cos it happened one evening to me:

That certain night, the night we met,
There was magic abroad in the air,
There were angels dining at the Ritz,
And a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.

I may be right, I may be wrong,
But I’m perfectly willing to swear
That when you turned and smiled at me
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.

The moon that lingered over London town,
Poor puzzled moon, he wore a frown.
How could he know we two were so in love?
The whole darn world seemed upside down

The streets of town were paved with stars;
It was such a romantic affair.
And, as we kissed and said ‘goodnight’,
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

When dawn came stealing up all gold and blue
To interrupt our rendezvous,
I still remember how you smiled and said,
“Was that a dream or was it true?”

Our homeward step was just as light
As the tap-dancing feet of Astaire
And, like an echo far away,
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

I know ‘cos I was there,
That night in Berkeley Square.

 

So we challenge you to tickle the strings of your Ukulele, flex your chords vocale and dress in full bespoke suit from‎ Anderson & Sheppard and shoes from Crockett & Jones and croon your finest croon to one of the all time classics. With A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square hearts will be putty.

Other famous crooners who have given outstanding renditions of this standard include Frank Sinatra, Ray Noble and His Orchestra, Anita O’Day, Nat King Cole, Carmen McRae, Glenn Miller, Perry Como, Stephane Grappelli, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Sonny Rollinson, The Manhattan Transfer, the New Vaudeville Band, Ian Hunter, Robert Lindsay, Faryl Smith and who could forget the half spoken half sung version by the actor John Le Mesurier on the album What is Going To Become of Us All?

A national celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the ending of World War II took place in central London when the song was sung live to millions by Petula Clark. Katherine Jenkins brilliantly sang the song at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember at Horse Guards Parade in London On 9 May 2015. On both these occasions the old lumpy bumps appeared for thousands on the backs of their necks. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square is just one of those songs.

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