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I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles

“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” debuted in 1918 and was first published in 1919.  The song was first introduced to the public in the Broadway musical The Passing Show of 1918.  Music was composed by John Kellette and the lyrics are credited to Jaan Kenbrovin.  Interestingly, Jaan Kenbrovin was a name created by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent because all three people had different contracts with publishers.

The following is an original recording of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”.  It is the Burr and Campbell version that features the original lyrics below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr_DTozbH8E

I'm dreaming dreams,

I'm scheming schemes,

I'm building castles high.

They're born anew,

Their days are few,

Just like a sweet butterfly.

And as the daylight is dawning,

They come again in the morning.

I'm forever blowing bubbles,

Pretty bubbles in the air.

They fly so high,

Nearly reach the sky,

Then like my dreams,

They fade and die.

Fortune's always hiding,

I've looked everywhere,

I'm forever blowing bubbles,

Pretty bubbles in the air.

When cattle creep,

When I'm asleep,

To lands of hope I stray.

Then at daybreak,

When I awake,

My bluebird flutters away.

Happiness new seemed so near me,

Happiness come forth and heal me.

I'm forever blowing bubbles,

Pretty bubbles in the air.

They fly so high,

Nearly reach the sky,

Then like my dreams,

They fade and die.

Fortune's always hiding,

I've looked everywhere,

I'm forever blowing bubbles,

Pretty bubbles in the air.

“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” is also wildly popular in the UK as the club anthem of West Ham United, a London-based football club.  The following is a West Ham recording.  This recording does not follow the traditional waltz time signature, rather is in common time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvuOtlpSAeY

Lauren Morrow, MT-BC

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