I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

Rodgers & Hart の愛の歓びが伝わってくる名曲だと思う。数多くのミュージシャンが演奏している。歌詞の最後に「いまや時がなんであるかを知っている(I know what time it is now)」といっているのに、邦題の『時さえ忘れて』にはガックリきてしまう。曲の趣旨はもちろん、いたずらに時を過ごして人生は虚しかったけれど、あなたと出会ってから、いまや時がどんなに充実しているか知っているということである。

 

※ 補足: この曲の ”I didn’t know what time is. “ にもっとも近い意味を歌詞から拾えば、”I was naive.” である。

 

1939:

Benny Goodman:

Artie Shaw:

Bea Wain:

Jimmy Dorsey:

1949:

Charlie Parker:

Doris Day:

1956:

Ella Fitzgerald:

Lester Young:

1957:

Billie Holiday:

Anita O’Day:

Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan:

1958:

Dorothy Dandridge:

1959:

Patti Page:

1962:

Joni James:

1962-63:

Carmen McCrae:

 

Once I was young

Yesterday, perhaps,

Danced with Jim and Paul

And kissed some other chaps

 

Once I was young

But never was naive

I thought, I had a trick or two

Up my imaginary sleeve

 

And now I know I was naive

 

I didn't know what time it was

Then I met you

Oh, what a lovely time it was

How sublime it was, too

 

I didn't know what day it was

You held my hand

Warm like the month of May it was

And I'll say it was grand

 

Grand to be alive, to be young,

To be mad, to be yours alone

Grand to see your face, feel your touch,

Hear your voice say I'm all your own

 

I didn't know what year it was

Life was no prize

I wanted love and here it was,

Shining out of your eyes

 

I'm wise

And I know what time it is now

 

I didn't know what time it was

Then I met you

Oh, what a lovely time it was

How sublime it was, too

 

I didn't know what day it was

You held my hand

Warm like the month of May it was

And I'll say it was grand

 

Grand to be alive, to be young,

To be mad, to be yours alone

Grand to see your face, feel your touch,

Hear your voice say I'm all your own

 

I didn't know what year it was

Life was no prize

I wanted love and here it was,

Shining out of your eyes

 

I'm wise

And I know what time it is now