Sophisticated Lady   2 comments

They say into your early life romance came
And in this heart of yours burned a flame
A flame that flickered one day and died away

Then with disillusion deep in your eyes
You learned that fools in love soon grow wise
The years have changed you somehow
I see you now

Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant
Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant
Is that all you really want?

No, sophisticated lady
I know, you miss the love you lost long ago
And when nobody is nigh you cry

Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant
Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant
Is that all you really want?

No, sophisticated lady
I know, you miss the love you lost long ago
And when nobody is nigh ….
You cry

“Sophisticated Lady,” by Duke Ellington (1932), with lyrics by Irving Mills. Copyright information unavailable to general searches.

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About these photos:

Being “no longer young” (as Clementine Churchill said to Winston in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Gathering Storm) has advantages. After all, I’ve seen and heard quite a few things of excellence in my time. One was an old CBS special of Duke Ellington’s life and music, with Tammy Grimes performing Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” — a much different composition than the soul song performed by Natalie Cole in 1976. Finding lyrics is no great difficulty any more, and so I had the basis for a sequence of photos (with me as “Maren”) portraying the sad lady of the composition. She finds little joy in the man who is visiting her for the evening, and ends the night smoking and weeping over her loveless life.

The bad thing about Grimes’ performance (available as a video clip) is that it’s hard in the beginning to understand what she’s singing, really; and she’s singing it in the first person, instead of the second person, as it’s normally performed. But I found another performance that is fantastic, and I’ve added its video below.

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The details:

  • Head: LAQ Ana 3.05 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara
  • Hands: Vista ProHands
  • Eyes: Ikon Sovereign (Electric)
  • Hair: rezology Body Unknown
  • Gown: Oubliette Lucretia (Onyx)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Bayla
  • Accessories: Lazuri Viva La Diva suite (back necklace, bracelet, earrings, ring) (Marketplace only); kunst Diva cigarette holder (except in last two photos); V-Tech Scorpion gloves (available as part of outfit package by V-Tech, at 6/12 – 7/7 round of Access)
  • Makeup information unavailable

2 responses to “Sophisticated Lady

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  1. Fantastic, Harper! And I LOVED the video!!

    Morgan Vanderzwaan

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