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Hogie Carmichael plays what tune at Johnson's death in To Have & Have Not


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Initial post: Mar 4, 2012 7:27:15 PM PST
Troy Sparks says:
Approximately 26:00 minutes into "To Have and Have Not" the character 'Johnson' (played by Walter Sande) gets shot in the cafe. After the shooting, 'Cricket' (played by Hoagy) plays a sad ballad (initially it was a fast up beat tune, until he noticed someone was dead).

As Steve (played by Humphrey Bogart) approaches the body, he looks at Hoagy with a wry smile the says "Cut it out , Cricket".

What song is Hoagy playing?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 1:25:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 1:28:31 PM PDT
I think its "How Little We know" by Hoagi. This is the IMDB link to the soundtrack : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037382/soundtrack

There may be other songs not listed in there. The song is also refferred to as "The Bar Song" on several website and i think theres a video on You tube as well, just not too sure if its a remake....If your looking to have it on CD you can get it right here on Amazon: Music From Humphrey Bogart Movies (just be careful because i think the main complaint about this CD is regarding the sound quality, which is apparently not very good...)

Hope you find what your looking for...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 11:45:02 AM PDT
Its not how little we know,that was in a different part of the movie

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 2:13:31 PM PDT
S. Wheeler says:
I've seen this movie a million times and the tune in question is not familiar to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:55:32 AM PDT
Lauren Bacall sings "How little we know" near the end,wearing a very sexy dress standing next to Hoagys piano

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2013 3:40:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2013 3:41:34 PM PST
He was playing a fast song till Bogart said cut it out,then switched to a slow song.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 8:22:56 PM PST
Daisymac says:
There are three songs in this movie: 'How Little We Know', 'Hong Kong Blues' and 'Am I Blue'. There may have been incidental music, but those are the songs, the most upbeat being 'Hong Kong Blues'.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 9:29:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 9:36:59 PM PST
I love Spanky & Our Gang's version of "Hong Kong Blues" on their trippy final LP,
a masterpiece called WITHOUT RHYME OR REASON b/w ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE.

"This is the story of a very unfortunate Memphis man who got arrested down in old Hong Kong
He got 20 years privilege taken away from him when he kicked old Buddha's gong
And now he's poundin' a piano just to raise the price...of a ticket to the Land of the Free
Well he says his home's in 'Frisco --that's where they send the rice-- but it's really in Tennessee"

(that was from memory!)

Hoagy Carmichael not only composed great tunes he was a masterful poet.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 10:54:27 PM PST
Daisymac says:
Amazing that you remembered all that from memory. The words I got from listening to Hoagy actually singing it were:

It's the story of a very unfortunate colored man, who was 'ressted down in old Hong Kong;
He got twenty years privileges taken away from him, when he kicked old Buddha's gong.
And now he's boppin' the piano just to raise the price, for a ticket to the land of the free;
Well, he says his home's in Frisco where they send the rice, but it's really in Tennessee.
That's why he say:
"I need somebody to love me, need somebody to carry me home to San Francisco and bury my body there.
Oh, I need someone to lend me a fifty dollar bill and then I leave Hong Kong far behind me, for happiness once again.
Won't someone believe I yen to see that bay again?
But when I try to leave, sweet mobo-men(?) won't let me fly away.
I need someone to love me, need somebody to carry me home to San Francisco and bury my body there.

That's the story of a very unfortunate colored man who got 'ressted down in old Hong Kong.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 11:42:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 11:49:38 PM PST
M. Seib--
I was singing the Our Gang version. You want more? I know it by heart! (stuff in parentheses is the group)

"(But I need somebody) I need somebody to lo-ove me; (I need somebody) I need somebody to care
Take me home to San Francisco (la la la la la) bury my body there
(I need somebody) I need somebody to lend me (yeah yeah yeah yeah) fifty dollar bill and then
I'll leave Hong Kong far behind me (I need somebody to lend me) happiness once again

(Won't somebody believe...I've a yen) I've a yen to see that Bay again
But when I try (But when I try to leave...sweet o-pi-um won't let me fly away)
(And I need somebody) etc.

I must've listened to that LP a thousand times. The curse of a mis-spent youth!

Check out HONG KONG BLUES BLUES SPANKY & OUR GANG at YouTube

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 5:12:22 AM PST
Walter Brennan should have won a Oscar for supporting actor,as "the Rummy Eddie".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:00:32 AM PST
Daisymac says:
Annie--
I'll check it out. Nice to know that all the old songs aren't fading away. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:49:30 AM PST
M. Seib--
I do hope you will. It's a superior cover with some precise fast paced vocals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 9:48:33 PM PST
Daisymac says:
Annie - I listened to Spanky and the vocals are amazing. I guess they changed 'colored man' to 'Memphis man' for obvious reasons (and a good thing, too!) but even in this version, I'm still having a hard time hearing 'o-pi-um' though I'm darned if I know what else it could be. Thanks for sharing it with me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:05:40 PM PST
M. Seib--
That album is an amazing thing. Six part harmonies on some of the tracks, and Nigel had a 3˝ octave range! Most amazing of all are the astounding seques between songs. I'll try to describe one.

On the end of "Jane," Nigel sings higher and higher, "I loooooovvee yoooouu" until the final time he holds the impossibly high "love" and "you," and the last word seamlessly morphs into an eerie air raid siren with all sorts of weird industrial sounds around it. The next track is "Since You've Gone," a beautifully sad Spanky ballad (she had a magnificent voice).

I'm wondering if YouTube might also have a posting for JANE / SINCE YOU'VE GONE.
It's really something to hear!

PS-- It's definitely "opium." I've listened to that with state-of-the-art headphones literally a thousand times.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 10:12:26 PM PST
Daisymac says:
Annie - I found the written lyrics online and it IS opium:

Won't somebody believe

I've a yen to see that Bay again

Every time I try to leave

Sweet opium won't let me fly away

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:20:49 PM PST
Hey I'm not perfect with lyrics.
When I six years old I thought the words were:

"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer...yugled down in history."

Still trying to figure out what "yugled" means.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:28:19 PM PST
Daisymac says:
Annie - I found "Jane" on youtube. It was posted by someone named Chris Swift, and by coincidence he used pictures of his visit to the Isle of Arran to accompany the song. The Isle of Arran in Scotland is quite close to where I was born! There doesn't seem to be anything on "Since You've Gone"

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:33:43 PM PST
Daisymac says:
My older brother tells me that when I was a little kid I was singing a song called 'O, Play to me Gypsy' where part of the lyrics were ....'I'll be your vagabond tonight' Since I'd probably never heard the word 'vagabond' before, I was singing: 'I'll be your bag of bones tonight'

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:38:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2014 10:38:55 PM PST
A damn shame. It's one of the most brilliant segues in classic rock history.

Re: photos, don't you just love those happy coincidences?

(sings)
"1, 3, 5, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 5, 2, 3, 4, sharp 5
And the 8 is the same as the 1 (but an octave apart)
Try to learn it by heart!"

PS-- "bag of bones" LOL

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 8:42:43 AM PST
Ofcourse the most famous wrong lyrics are in "They tryed to tell us we're to young"
Song " They tryed to sell us Egg Fo Yung".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014 9:41:02 AM PST
Michael--
How 'bout...
" 'scuse me... while I kiss this guy"

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014 10:15:22 AM PST
Daisymac says:
I think the 'egg foo yung' one is not a genuine mishearing of lyrics - just some wiseguy trying to do a parody!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014 2:50:06 PM PST
Troy Sparks says:
I obviously know the main songs & they aren't it

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 10:07:27 AM PST
I always thought that they were saying"they tryed to sell us egg fo yung",when I was a kid,and my stepmother would play Nat King Cole.
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