Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Alice in Wonderland - The Second Star to the Right

Q: I have heard rumors about lyrics to "The Second Star to the Right" that were not used. I also heard they had something to do with Alice in Wonderland. Could you tell me about them?
Gabrielle, Houston, Texas

A [Dave Smith]: Composer Sammy Fain, with lyricist Bob Hilliard, wrote some of the songs for Alice in Wonderland, including one called "Beyond the Laughing Sky." It was not used in Alice, but since Sammy Fain was also the primary composer on Peter Pan, and presumably everyone liked the melody he had written earlier, new lyrics were written by Sammy Cahn and it became "The Second Star to the Right."

[Marcio Disney]

Sammy Fain
[Credit: Archive Photos]

Here's a new version for the song! Just Push Play - It's Free :-D

The Second Star To The Right
(Thanks to 50bop for the correct lyric!)
The second star to the right shines in the night for you
To tell you that the dreams you plan
Really can come true
The second star to the right
Shines with a light so rare
And if it's neverland you need
Its light will lead you there
Twinkle Twinkle little star so we'll know where you are
Gleaming in the skies above lead us to the land we dream of
And when our journey is through each time we say goodnight
we'll thank the little star that shines
the second from the right

Why does the whispering wind
Sound like a lullaby?
Is that the magic music
From beyond the laughing sky?
Why can't the swallows remain
Where is the place they fly?
Why can't I go along with them
Beyond the laughing sky?
If I climbed the highest tree
Where, oh, where would I be?
Would I find a place for me
In the land Of grand enchantmen?
Where do the clouds disappear
When they go rolling by?
I'm wondering about the world
Beyond the laughing sky

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