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Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is? | Song-Factsheet

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Song «Is That All There Is?» von Peggy Lee.

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Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1969 09 (Single), 1975 11 (Album)
Label: Capitol 2602, A&M 75021-5268
Songwriter Leiber-Stoller
Produktion: Leiber-Stoller
Genre: Pop - Vocalpop - Baroquepop, Pop - Vocalpop - Cabaretpop

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Ein Jahrhundertsong, geschrieben als Spätwerk von Jerry Leiber und Mike Stoller, inspiriert von Thomas Manns Erzählung Enttäuschung von 1896. Eine desillusionierte bzw. ernüchterte Person erzählt aus ihrem Leben:
1. Strophe: Als sie ein Mädchen war, brannte ihr Haus herunter, und sie fragt ungerührt: «Ist das alles, an einem Feuer?»
2. Strophe: Sie geht im Alter von 12 Jahren in den Zirkus [The greatest show on earth – der grösste amerikanische Ringling Circus wird genannt], aber vermisst etwas. «Ist das alles, am Zirkus?»
3. Strophe: Sie liebt und wird verlassen. Aber auch dieser Schmerz ist enttäuschend, weil die Person ihn überwindet. «Ist das alles, an der Liebe?»
4. Strophe: Andere Personen mögen sich fragen: «Warum nimmt sie sich mit dieser Einstellung nicht das Leben?». Die Antwort aber lautet: «Auch der Tod wird eine Enttäuschung sein, warum soll ich ihn herbeiwünschen?»
Das Orchester-Arrangement stammt von Randy Newman.
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Der Song wurde Nummer 11 in den Pop Singles Charts, Nummer 1 in den Adult Contemporary Charts—klar, das ist Musik für Erwachsene. Es war der erste Top 40 Hit für Peggy Lee seit ihrem Erkennungssong Fever, 11 Jahre früher. Ausserdem erhielt Is That All There Is? einen Grammy Award in der Kategorie «Best Female Pop Vocal Performance» des Jahres.

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Peggy Lee
Leiber-Stoller
Leiber-Stoller

Lyrics

I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire. I'll never forget the look on my father's face as he gathered me up in his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement. I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames. And when it was all over I said to myself, "Is that all there is to a fire" Is that all there is, is that all there is If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is And when I was 12 years old, my father took me to a circus, the greatest show on earth. There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears. And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads. And so I sat there watching the marvelous spectacle. I had the feeling that something was missing. I don't know what, but when it was over, I said to myself, "is that all there is to a circus? Is that all there is, is that all there is If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is Then I fell in love, head over heels in love, with the most wonderful boy in the world. We would take long walks by the river or just sit for hours gazing into each other's eyes. We were so very much in love. Then one day he went away and I thought I'd die, but I didn't, and when I didn't I said to myself, "is that all there is to love?" Is that all there is, is that all there is If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing I know what you must be saying to yourselves, if that's the way she feels about it why doesn't she just end it all? Oh, no, not me. I'm in no hurry for that final disappointment, for I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you, when that final moment comes and I'm breathing my lst breath, I'll be saying to myself Is that all there is, is that all there is If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is