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March 17, 2008

Song of the Week: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Having been up the better part of the past 24 hours this Pax Plena song of the week seems only appropriate. Last week we featured southern gospel. This week a gospel of romance. If that were so, Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning would easily be among the hymns. Nary has there been a time when such simple lyrics were so profound.

Sinatra has long been considered the gold standard of the crooner era. But what makes this recording especially unique is that it was recorded in just three days during a lengthy session in March of 1954. It would go on to become Ol' Blue Eyes first full 12-inch LP, and the first concept album ever released. The album itself consisted primarily of ballads; it's theme according to wikipedia "organized around a central mood of late-night isolation and aching lost love."

There's really no describing what ought to be listened to so I will simply add that the song is absolutely as billed above. For those who have loved and lost, for those who have embraced the early hours of twilight, for those who have merely wondered from afar, this song is for you. Please enjoy the Pax Plena song of the week, Sinatra's own In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.




In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

In the wee small hours of the morning,
While the whole wide world is fast asleep,
You lie awake and think about the girl,
And never ever think of counting sheep.

When your lonely heart has learned its lesson,
You'd be hers if only she would call.
In the wee small hours of the morning,
Thats the time you miss her most of all.
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