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from Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein


What a movie!
What a terrible, awful movie!
It's a crime what they put on the screen!
I can hardly believe what I've seen!

Do they think we're a lot of children?
It would bore any four year old!
What drivel! What nonsense!
What escapist Technicolor twaddle!

"Trouble in Tahiti," indeed!
"Trouble in Tahiti," imagine!
There she is in her inch or two of sarong
Floating, floating, floating, all among the
floating flowers.

Then she sees him, the handsome American.
(I must say he's really a man,
Six feet tall, and each foot just incredible!)
Well, they're madly in love,
But there's trouble ahead;

There's a legend:
"If a princess marry white man, and rain fall that day,
Then the white man shall be sacrifice without delay."

Sure enough, on the night of their wedding day,
There's a storm like nothing on earth;
Tidal waves and siroccos and hurricanes;
And to top it all off,
The volcano erupts.
As the natives sing: Ah! Ah! Ah! Olé!

They go crazy with the drumming and the chanting and ritual dance,
While the lovers sing a ballad of South Seas romance.
It's so lovely, I wish I could think of it;
Da da dee da da…
It was called "Island Magic,"
I think it was.
Oh, a beautiful song!
I remember it now:

"Island Magic, where the midnight breezes caress us,
And the stars above
seem to bless us,
That's Island Magic, Island Magic."

Well, in any case, the hero is tied to a tree.
(Did I tell you he's a flyer
who got lost at sea?)
Anyway, all the natives are crazy now,
Running wild with lances and knives;
Then they pile up the wood for the sacrifice,
And the witch doctor comes,
And he sets it on fire.
As the natives sing: Ah! Ah! Ah! Olé!

But at this point, comes the good old U.S. Navy,
A-singin' a song.
They come swarming down in parachutes a thousand strong!

Everything now is cleared up and wonderful:
Everyone is happy as pie;
And they all do a great rumba version of "Island Magic" of course!
It's a dazzling sight;
With the sleek brown native women dancing with the U.S. Navy boys,
And a hundred-piece symphony orchestra:

Island Magic! Where the palm trees whisper together,
And it's always warm summer weather,
That's Island Magic,
Island Magic! With the one I love very near;
Island Magic, Whispering native words in my ear.
Island Magic,
Only you, my darling, could weave it,
And I never ever will leave it,
And I simply cannot believe
It really is mine!
Island Magic!
Island Ma…"

What a terrible, awful movie!!!


from Around the World in 45 Minutes, released June 24, 2014
Jacqueline Novikov (soprano)
Hsin-Chieh Lin (piano)




Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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