Long ago and far away

Posted by James Briggs on October 17, 2001

In Reply to: Long ago and far away posted by ESC on October 17, 2001

: : : The phrase "long ago and far away" was used at the beginning of the first Star Wars movie. But I've also recently found it in my Dad's jazz record collection as a title of an LP from 1950. Does the phrase have a known origin? Thanks. - Patty

: : The exact Star Wars intro is "A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...."

: : All I found was that "Long Ago (And Far Away)" is a musical number from the 1944 Hollywood musical "Cover Girl" with the music by Jerome Kern,lyrics by Ira Gershwin and sung by Perry Como.

: Isn't this the standard fairy tale opening?

One of the great songs of the 1940s, sung by all the major singers of the time. Johnny Desmond even sang it in German on one of the Glen Miller propaganda broadcasts he made in German in 1944 for ABSIE, which was the Allied Broadcasting Service Inside Europe, or similar. Johnny Desmond's German accent was pretty good - Miller's was awful!!