Half key step up. Half key step down. Full key step down. Berkeley Square is a large leafy square in Mayfair , a part of London. The nightingale , a migrant songbird, is celebrated in literature and music for the beauty of its song.
It favours rural habitats, and is unlikely to be heard in Central London. The song was written in the then small French fishing village of Le Lavandou —now a favourite resort for British holidaymakers and second-home owners—shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. The song had its first performance in the summer of in a local bar, where the melody was played on piano by Manning Sherwin with the help of the resident saxophonist.
Maschwitz sang the words while holding a glass of wine, but nobody seemed impressed. With the help of the local tourist office, elderly residents were questioned, but it proved impossible to identify the venue. The verse and the additional lyrics to a second chorus were in the song as written, but are rarely sung in recordings those of Bobby Darin , Mel Torme , Blossom Dearie , Twiggy , Vera Lynn and Rod Stewart being notable exceptions.
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Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates. Official Sites. Company Credits. Technical Specs. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. I know 'cause I was there, That night in Berkeley Square. Rate this poem:. Bethan Stevenson. Sjirk Meijer. Gerd Schoenewolf. Liam Midgley. Olaf Lewitz. Christopher Kay. Lauren Baker. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
Purchasable with gift card. That certain night, the night we met There was magic abroad in the air There were angels dining at the Ritz And a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square I may be right, I may be wrong But I'm perfectly willing to swear That when you turn'd and smiled at me A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square The moon that lingered over London town Poor puzzled moon, he wore a frown How could he know we two were so in love The whole damn world seemed upside down The streets of town were paved with stars It was such a romantic affair And as we kissed and said goodnight A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square I know, 'cause I was there That night in Berkeley Square.
The copyright in the recording is owned by the BBC.A nightingale sang in Berkley Square The moon that lingered over London town Poor puzzled moon, he wore a frown How could he know we two were so in love?