So we must get down to earth at times

“Here’s looking at you, kid…”   “Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time…”  “Here’s looking at you, kid…”  “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…”   “Round up the usual suspects…” “We’ll always have Paris…”  “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship…”  

If you are over sixty, and maybe under sixty, you know where those quotes come from.  It is the 1942 movie Casablanca.  Critics aside, it is my number one movie of all time.   The cast included Humphrey Bogart  as Rick, Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa, Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo, Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault , S.Z.Salall as Carl and, of course, Dooley Wilson as Sam the pianist – great casting.  

When it comes to quotes from a movie script, I don’t think any other movie comes close.   The lead-in quotes above are but a few of them.  One web site has their fifty best listed. 


But this musing is not about quotes but about a song from the distant past.  More specifically, this musing is about the song from that movie – As Time Goes By.  The music and words are by Herman Hupfeld who  wrote it in 1931.  When Sam played it and when he sung it, he was reminding Rick and Ilsa (and maybe us) that love is immutable and that for those in love, contrary to the beliefs of the young, nothing is new.  Love and life are inconsequential, are so important.   The lyrics remind us that it is the same for our loves and lovers whether it is 1942, 1982 or 2014.  The emotions of today are no different than the emotions we seniors felt many decades ago.  So nothing changes as time goes by. 


And so I muse about a song and time long ago.  I think of the song’s words and music, I hear Sam at the piano, and I am once again in Casablanca with Rick, Ilsa, Sam and the others.  


“As Time Goes By”

 This day and age we’re living in 

 Gives cause for apprehension

 With speed and new invention

 And things like fourth dimension.


Yet we get a trifle weary

 With Mr. Einstein’s theory.

 So we must get down to earth at times

 Relax relieve the tension 


And no matter what the progress

 Or what may yet be proved

 The simple facts of life are such 

 They cannot be removed.] 


You must remember this

 A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.

 The fundamental things apply

 As time goes by.


And when two lovers woo

 They still say, “I love you.”

 On that you can rely

 No matter what the future brings

 As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs

 Never out of date.

 Hearts full of passion

 Jealousy and hate.


 Woman needs man

 And man must have his mate

 That no one can deny. 


It’s still the same old story

 A fight for love and glory

 A case of do or die.

 The world will always welcome lovers 

 As time goes by. 


Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers 

 As time goes by.


The song as sung by Sam, along with clips of various scenes in the movie, can be found at:



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