I Can’t Forget The Melody

My sisters and I absolutely loved musicals when we were growing up. I know there are some who are not so keen on musicals and indeed, even I agree there are some rather dubious lyrics in some film scores. But still, I remember musicals in vivid detail far more so than I remember any dialogue. We were never silent observers. Every song would have us up singing and dancing around the living room.

Fandango’s word for the day “MELODY” brought back a film to my mind. It is so engrained on my mind that I do believe I could sing the entire two and a half hours to you. It was a film staring Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven named “The Slipper And The Rose” – another Cinderella story.

I have never seen the Disney version of Cinderella. My sisters and I grew up with this version firmly in our minds.

In this version, Cinderella is found by the prince who has been searching for the fair maiden who fits the exquisite glass slipper. All is merry and cheer and the Prince declares to all with jubilation his new bride will be the gorgeous Cinderella. However, the political aides of the King directly appeal to Cinderella that if the Prince goes ahead with marrying her, their small Kingdom will be attacked by mightier nations who will come with such great military forces so as to be sure to overwhelm them. They paint a gloomy picture of certain war on the horizon.

On contemplating the heavy price to pay for her own happiness resulting in violent war full of bloodshed and suffering, Cinderella leaves the palace under the cloak of darkness, only leaving a message for her beloved Prince suggesting she tried to love him but it was all fake and he is better off without her. I always remember her dulcet and mournful tones singing:

Don’t let him know, how much I love him

Why I must go, so far away

For if he knew, why I must leave him

No power on earth could make him stay

The following scenes show a marriage being arranged for the Prince to a princess from a mighty neighbouring nation. Then we see Cinderella who is now hidden away, beyond reach of the Prince. She sings a song I still know word for word and sometimes sing to myself while I am washing the dishes.


It’s a sweet song, it sometimes brings a tear to my eye. I think it’s especially on my mind at the moment because sometimes, circumstances seem to force you to make hard decisions where you have to put what is right and the welfare of others ahead of your own happiness. They are decisions that may haunt you for years to come.

Every day I breathe I think I will be mourning my gorgeous Goldfinch – but I know it is the right decision.








19 thoughts on “I Can’t Forget The Melody”

    1. Oh no!!!! I am so sorry…
      …I was speed typing while I was on my tea-break at work! Oh deary!
      I just noticed I gave The Haunted Wordsmith Teresa an entirely different surname in a post about her – I told everyone her name is Teresa Gibbs instead of Teresa Grabs. What is the matter with me?

      It must be the traumatic images of nude skiers I have been dealing with these last couple of weeks. They have scrambled my brain!

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  1. This hit home: “circumstances seem to force you to make hard decisions where you have to put what is right and the welfare of others ahead of your own happiness. They are decisions that may haunt you for years to come.”

    I have this memory of a song I’ve never been able to identify but I think with all that’s in its a real song. Maybe I’m just off on the lyrics. But it says, “It takes a greater love, to walk away.”

    I believe that.

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    1. Aaaaaw Jay-lyn…
      My heart is hurting too. Goldfinch is in Germany this weekend. But it’s two weeks until he goes! I can’t think about it without tears developing in my eyes.
      But I have survived heart ache before and have to be ready for it now.
      I am going to stock up my cupboards with dark chocolate and make sure my I have lots of plans with friends to get me through the rest of the winter. Come spring, I will be able to feel positive again.

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      1. Ah, I see. You’d mentioned he was going back, but I wondered if it were something else and he’d left early. Delighted to hear that is not the case, although I surely understand where your coming from!

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