Thursday, October 13, 2011

My favorite Kim Gannon song...


Kim Gannon publicity shot circa 1945

If you've lived in Greenwich for any length of time, you probably know that resident James Kimball "Kim" Gannon (1900-1974) was the lyricist to "I'll Be Home For Christmas". He wrote the song with Walter Kent during World War II. It happens to be one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs, along with "Silent Night", "What Child Is This", and "Carol of the Bells". However, it is not my favorite Kim Gannon song.

In 1948 Melody Time was released by Walt Disney Studios. In it was a 17 minute short about the legend of John Chapman called "Johnny Appleseed". There are three songs in the short; "The Pioneer Song", "The Apple Song", and my favorite, "The Lord Is Good To Me". All of these songs were written by Kim Gannon & Walter Kent.


I think it is perfect for this time of year, when the apple trees are heavy with fruit, and the trees are turning amber, gold and scarlet. So, here it is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Lyrics by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent

"The Lord's Been Good To Me"

The Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun and rain and an apple seed
Yes He's been good to me.

I owe the Lord so much
For everything I need
I'm certain if it weren't for Him
There'd be no apples on this limb
He's been good to me

Oh here I am
'Neath the blue, blue sky
A'doin' as I please
Singing with my feathered friends
Or with the bees

I wake up every day
As happy as can be
Because I know that with His care
My apple trees will still be there
Oh, the Lord is good to me

For more information:
http://www.disneyshorts.org/years/1948/johnnyappleseed.html


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