July 7th, 2005


Bei Mir Bist Du Schön

(Thanks to http://ntl.matrix.com.br/pfilho/html/lyrics/b/bei_mir_bist_du_schon.txt)

Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means You're Grand)
- words by Jacob Jacobs, Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, music by Sholom Secunda
- originally written in Yiddish by Jacob Jacobs (lyrics) and Sholom Secunda (music)
for the Yiddish musical "I Would If I Could" in 1933. English lyrics written for
The Andrews Sisters by Sammy Cahn within a couple of days of the Nov 24, 1937 recording
- "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" means "To Me, You Are Beautiful"

Of all the boys I've known, and I've known some
Until I first met you, I was lonesome
And when you came in sight, dear, my heart grew light
And this old world seemed new to me

You're really swell, I have to admit you
Deserve expressions that really fit you
And so I've racked my brain, hoping to explain
All the things that you do to me

Bei mir bist du schön, please let me explain
Bei mir bist du schön means you're grand
Bei mir bist du schön, again I'll explain
It means you're the fairest in the land

I could say "Bella, bella", even say "Voonderbar"
Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are

I've tried to explain, bei mir bist du schön
So kiss me and say you understand

Bei mir bist du schön, you've heard it all before
but let me try to explain
Bei mir bist du schön means that you're grand
Bei mir bist du schön, it's such an old refrain
and yet I should explain
It means I am begging for your hand

I could say "Bella, bella", even say "Voonderbar"
Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are

------ instrumental break ------

I could say "Bella, bella", even say "Voonderbar"
Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are

I've tried to explain, bei mir bist du schön
So kiss me and say that you will understand
  • Current Music
    Yiddishe shtuff

Arriving in Oregon

Well the drive up was nice. When I was driving. About six hours into the trip, we're passing through Yreka, California (that's Why-reka, by Mount Shasta, not to be confused with You-reka, on the coast) and my grandmother starts insisting that she get a chance to drive. Ok, it's been smooth sailing thus far, why not? I happened to need some gas, so we stopped off someplace, I filled the tank, and we switched drivers.

It was close to sunset, and near hills, so the light and shadows were alternating on the road and she couldn't tell when or from where the light would hit. The most awful moment, she's in her regular glasses, and suddenly the sun comes straight out from between two hills up ahead and basically she goes blind. In the left lane. I grabbed the wheel and ordered her to step on the gas and to signal right and got us over. We switched back. I stayed in cool-emergency mode, but it wasn't fun.
  • Current Mood
    relieved relieved


My grandma and I decided not to rush right back to California on Sunday. Instead, we're in Ashland, Oregon for the day and tonight we're watching The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We'll probably stay in some motel this evening and the hit the road early on Monday.

I do have a bunch of homework to do, which is why I'm sitting at a cafe drinking a beer and using some downtown wireless signal.

Late update: Doctor Faustus was great! The Elizebethean Theatre in Ashland is amazing. Our seats were 4th row balcony, spot on center. Cheap seats, too!

We're back in Yreka, CA now, at the TravelLodge. I drove.
  • Current Mood
    mellow mellow

Day at the Boardwalk

Chiara came in last night. We watched The Machinist, which was a weird, dark film. Christian Bale thinned himself down horrifically, but acted quite well and had a good script behind him. Fell asleep together on the couch.

Today we got up, went out for brunch at Walnut Cafe, then to the Boardwalk! Spent a good four hours riding from ride to ride, until I started to feel a little dehydrated and oversunned. We started walking to Pacific Ave. to go to Saturn, but Chiara's sandals were biting her feet. I got the car and drove us there. We ate like kings at Saturn, which was weird for Chiara because it's a vegetarian place. All was cool when we ordered the vegan milkshake, though! Lactard heaven! Yay!

Went back to the Boardwalk, enjoyed a few more rides, and then I came home to send Chiara off and have a house meeting with the subletters and new coopers. Nothing serious, just household junk like chores and TP and other such little things of life.
  • Current Mood
    full full