Answer Man: What are the rest of the lyrics to this song?

News-DemocratDecember 20, 2013 

Q. I recently heard a song from my youth and have been trying to locate the lyrics, to no avail. The part I remember is: "How the breeze ruffled up your hair/How we always laughed as though tomorrow wasn't there/We were young, and didn't have a care/Where did it go?/" I thought it was sung by Robert Goulet, but have been unable to find it.

-- Mary Page-Rao

A. I have an embarrassing admission: While my high school friends were rocking to KSHE, KADI and KSLQ, I still mostly was groovin' to KMOX-FM.

Yep, I was listening to the kind of music that was playing in the front seat when my grandparents were playing in the back seat of their Packard. Jerry Vale and the Letterman instead of Janis Joplin and Country Joe and the Fish. But, hey, KMOX did have a quadraphonic music hour every Tuesday night when quadraphonic sound was the Next Big Thing for, oh, three weeks or so. (I still have my Kenwood quad receiver that I bought at CMC.)

So, I'm very familiar with the song since it seemed to be on KMOX's regular playlist. It's "Once Upon a Time," and the wistful ditty has been recorded by just about every crooner who ever put out an LP, including Goulet, Frank Sinatra, Al Martino, Vic Damone and Tony Bennett.

Written by Lee Adams with music by Charles Strouse, it starts, "Once upon a time, a girl with moonlight in her eyes put her hand in mine and said she loved me so. But that was once upon a time, very long ago."

For trivia buffs, the song comes from "All American," a 1962 Broadway musical starring Ray Bolger and Eileen Herlie. Goulet put it on his "Without Love" LP, but that seems to be out of print so you may want the 2-CD "The Essential Tony Bennett" you can get for as little as $7 at amazon.com.

Of course, you can listen to Goulet's version on YouTube; unfortunately, the accompanying video is a record going round and round on the uploader's turntable. In any case, I'll be e-mailing you a copy of the lyrics and the YouTube link by Christmas.

Cold treat: For those with an addiction to eggnog year-round, Stan Donald, of Freeburg, has an easy fix.

When he was a kid, Donald worked at a Quincy dairy, so his dad, who also loved the Christmastime delicacy, asked the owner if he could freeze it.

"The owner said he saw no reason why not," Donald wrote. "So for the rest of his 84 years on this earth, Dad would buy extra quarts of eggnog (in cartons, not glass) while it was available and thaw it out later during the year when he wanted some."

Now that's really using your nog-gin, I suppose.

Ho, ho, ho: Don't tell anyone, but it seems the father of our country may have liked to get a little tipsy over the holidays.

Among kitchen papers found at his home in Mount Vernon was his recipe for eggnog. The ingredients: 10 large eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 quart milk, 1 quart heavy cream, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cinnamon stick -- and 2 cups brandy, 1 cup rye whiskey, 1 cup dark Jamaican rum and 1/2 cup cream sherry.

"My husband came across our first president's alleged recipe several years ago, and no nog has rivaled it since," chef Lauren Braun Costello says.

She says that what is interesting about this recipe is that it calls for ingredients that were popular in Colonial America.

"For example, he specifically lists Jamaica rum and rye whiskey," she said. "American colonists craved the tropical flavors distilled from the cane fields in Jamaica, Barbados and other Caribbean islands. Rye whiskey fueled the Continental Army against the Redcoats and even ignited a rebellion against Washington's government in 1794."

If you didn't know, Washington built one of the biggest distilleries of the 1700s at Mount Vernon, and it produced a $7,500 profit in 1798. For the recipe, go to www.cdkitchen.com and search for "george washington" (use quotes) under "Recipe must contain all of these words."

False start: In last Sunday's BND Magazine trivia quiz, the answer to the U.S. presidents in office during Johnny Carson's TV run was slightly amiss. The number was correct -- seven -- but somewhere between my thinking and typing, I managed to turn "JFK" into "Ike" to start the list. (Carson debuted in 1962.)

I promised Marie Fero, who pointed out the boo-boo, that I would take it easy on the eggnog through the holidays.

Today's trivia

In terms of a historic percentage, what are the chances of a white Christmas in St. Louis in any given year?

Answer to Thursday's trivia: In 1851, temperance activist Elizabeth Smith Miller showed women's right advocate Amelia Bloomer her latest fashion idea: loose trousers gathered at the ankles, much like women's fashion in the Middle East. Bloomer loved them and advocated their use, but she was ridiculed mercilessly in the press, church and public in general. She finally stopped wearing them in 1859, but such garments have been known popularly as "bloomers" ever since.

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