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posted: 8/29/2005 at 2:10:36 PM ET
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I am not a musician unfortunately and have a question. In old songs especially there was an intro to a song in many instances. I am convinced there is a technical name for this "intro" but cannot think of it.
e.g. In Tony Bennett's classic "I left my heart in SF" it starts "the loveliness of Paris is somehow sadly gay, the glory that was Rome is of another day..."
That is what I am asking. Can you help?

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posted: 8/30/2005 at 12:58:14 AM ET
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As far as I am aware, this is called..wait for it..an Introduction, but the effect you are talking about (c1920s/30s) is distinct from most modern intros, which are in most cases the last line of a verse, or of a bridge.
Some examples would be ""Second Hand Rose"" (ie: Poppa had a business, strictly second-hand),or ""Honey Pie"" by the Beatles. Paul grew up listening to songs that sounded like this that his father, James used to play. In a tribute to his father, Paul wrote this saying that he always liked this type of song. Like "Helter Skelter and Piggies," Mansion believed this song was also written for him. He construed the line "magic of your Hollywood song," to be directed to him because he lived in Los Angeles. Gee, that's really clear to me!
Here is the Intro, which is obviously very much in a Gerschwinesque format:

She was a working girl, north of England way, now she's in the big time, in the USA

And if she could only hear me, this is what I'd say ..and then the verse kicks in with:

Honey pie, you are making me crazy, I'm in love, but I'm lazy, so won't you please home

Oh, Honey Pie, my position is tragic, come and show me the magic of you Hollywood song

You became a legend of the silver screen,

And now the though of meeting you, makes me weak in the knee

Oh, honey pie, you are driving me frantic, sail across the Atlantic

To be where you belong, honey pie, come back to me
Will the wind that blew her boat across the sea kindly send her sailing back to me

T. T. Tee, Now honey pie, you are making me crazy, I'm in love but I'm lazy

So won't you please come home, honey pie, come back to me

Come, come back to me, honey pie, ha, ha, ha, honey pie, honey pie
No doubt other posters can think of many more examples.

Baruch 3:14

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posted: 8/30/2005 at 11:10:35 AM ET
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Thanks but I thought there is some other name for this "introduction". Maybe I am imagining it.

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