On This Day July 16, 1963: When The Beatles Sang Theodorakis… For Real!

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It was July of 1963 and Paul McCartney was looking through catalogues of kitsch cinematic showtunes from the movies. He stumbled across the theme of the Spanish film Luna De Meil (Honeymoon) from 1959— written by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

The English-language lyrics were by William Sansom.

The film Luna de Miel – known as Honeymoon in many English-speaking countries – was based in part on the ballet El Amor Brujo by Gregorio Martí­nez Sierra. It was made in 1959 by British director-writer Michael Powell, and repeatedly featured the title theme song.

The Beatles recorded The Honeymoon song just once, for the eighth edition of the Pop Go The Beatles radio show. It was taped on 16 July 1963 at the BBC Paris Studio, London, and first broadcast on 6 August. The original recording is here:

Sing along to the English lyrics:

I never knew that a day like today lay before us
I’ve got the sun in my heart and my heart’s in the sun
Skies are as bright as your eyes
The horizon is open
Love is the ceiling
Feelings are reeling
Free as the air

Forever on and forever
Forever on side by side
Who ever knew that we two could be free as we’d fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love

Who ever knew that we two could be free as we’d fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love
To each other by love
To each other by love

The original Greek version of the song is called An Thymitheis To Oneiro Mou (If You Remember My Dream) and is a Greek classic, covered by dozens of popular singers including Anna Vissi, Mary Linda, Elena Paparizou, Antonis Remos and most recently, by pop singer Yiannis Ploutarhos on one of his recent albums.

Στην αγκαλιά μου κι απόψε σαν άστρο κοιμήσου
δεν απομένει στον κόσμο ελπίδα καμιά
τώρα που η νύχτα κεντά με φιλιά το κορμί σου
μέτρα τον πόνο κι άσε με μόνο στην ερημιά

Αν θυμηθείς τ’ όνειρό μου
σε περιμένω να `ρθεις
μ’ ένα τραγούδι του δρόμου να ρθεις όνειρό μου
το καλοκαίρι που λάμπει τ’ αστέρι με φως να ντυθείς

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  1. James Chiampas on

    I LOVE this song. My favorite version is from the live Dalaras album, sung by Eleni Dimou. Its so uplifting and fabulous.

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