The Five Pennies
music & lyrics : Sylvia Fine


1959年に物凄い映画「5つの銅貨」が出来た。The Five PenniesとはRed Nicholsというコルネット奏者の実在のバンド名である。 Dany Kayeがレッド・ニコルスを演じる。Louis Armstrongも共演する。ジャズに関連する映画では一番といってよい。

Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey, Arthur Schut, Vic Berton, Miff Mole, Eddie Lang
Red Nichols and the Five Pennies


ここで歌われた歌はダニー・ケイ夫人のSylvia Fineの作詞・作曲になるもので、3曲とも同じコード進行で書かれているのがみそだ。自分で歌を書く人がいたら、真似すると面白いのだ。




Won’t you play the music so the cradle can rock
To a lullaby in ragtime
Sleepy hands are creeping to the end of the clock
Play a lullaby in ragtime
You can tell the sand man is on his way
By the way that they play
As still as the trill of a thrush in a twilight hush

So you can hear the
Rhythm of the ripples on the side of the boat
As you sail away to dream land
High above the moon you hear a silvery note
As the sandman takes your hand
So rock-a-bye my baby, don’t you cry my baby
Sleepy time is nigh
Won’t you rock me to a ragtime lullaby?


Good night, time to call it a day
Sleep tight, dreams your troubles away
Good night inspite of any sorrow
There’s a bland new days on is way tomorrow

Some day, all your dreams will come true
Some way, for me and you
So close your eyes and dream of it my darlin’
Till then Good night, good night sleep tight


This little penny is a dancing penny
See how it glitters and it glows
As bright as a whistle, light as a thistle
Quick, quick as a wink upon it’s twinkling toes, oh

This little penny is to laugh on
To see that tears never fall
This little penny is the last little penny
And most important of all
For this penny is to love on
And where love is heaven is there
So with just five pennies it they’re these five pennies
You’ll be a millionaire