These Men, from Leading Lady (Day 152)

A lovely song, this, though it came and went rather quickly in the summer of 2013. Seth and I figured that mother-in-law Maggie would have some words of wisdom to offer Mae after her relationship with Frank went haywire, and this was the result. The middle section is reprises music from You’re A Callahan – the “queen of Paris, France” section – and the phrase “divil the man” was inspired by George M. Cohan himself, who used it in his song “Harrigan.” All I’ve got is a composer’s demo to offer, but I recall D’Arcy and Clare singing this and finding it quite lovely indeed.

MAGGIE: Men let foolish dreams
Drive them to extremes
That’s the trouble with THESE MEN
Some elusive goal
Seems to take control
Of their heart and soul, and then
Heaven protect us!

How they long to fly,
Straining toward the sky,
Never say die, they try and try again.
Why d’ye fret and make a fuss?
They’re doing it for us, dear.
Isn’t that why we love these men?
Isn’t that why we love these men?

MAE: Can you defend your son
After all that fool has done?

MAGGIE: I know, I see, it’s terrible!

MAE: He gambled on success,
But he left our lives a mess!

MAGGIE: It has to be unbearable!

MAE: A man deserves to spread his wings,
But I deserve my share of things
I was a leading lady,
Like I’d always dreamed I’d be
But I lost it because of his “gumption!”
Well, divil the man who thinks he can
Deny my fantasy!

MAGGIE: Men are born with drive,
Men are born to strive,
Still we can survive these men.
Mary, while you can,
Get yourself a plan
If you give your man control,
Heaven protect you!

Time will mend your heart
Make it strong and smart
Chances are, he’ll upset the cart again!
Why d’ye fret and make a fuss?
They’re doing it for us, dear.
Isn’t that why we love these men?

MAE: Heaven protect us!

BOTH: Isn’t that why we love these men?

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