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Starlight Serenade

by The Foreign Fims

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Lyrics: The Fortune Teller (Pretty in the City) The Fortune Teller said that "the stars will align" I said 'Darling won't you give me a sign" Long last looks and astrology books Yeah she poured me a glass of wine It's in the stars my friend, no we can't pretend If I could I'd do it all again...with you She's going to California with the sun in her eyes and the moon glow in her heart The Fortune Teller said that "she's painted from dreams" And her beauty was a work of art It's in the stars my friend, no we can't pretend If I could I'd do it all again with you Far above this desolate city Oh my dear, you look so pretty tonight Tonight, tonight Pretty in the City tonight The Fortune Teller said that "the stars will align" I said "Darling won't you give me a sign" Long last looks and astrology books Yeah she poured me a glass of wine It's in the stars my friend, no we can't pretend If I could I'd do it all again with you Far above this desolate city Oh my Dear you look so pretty tonight, Tonight... Pretty in the City, Pretty in the City Tonight Written by Bill Majoros
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Lyrics: Echoes Of The Heart Marianne, forget about your sorrow Yesterday’s tomorrow, Going to town with a penny to your name, it’s such a shame Marianne, a Skylark in the darkness A Vampire’s velvet first kiss Echoes of her heartbeat in time, stars will shine All the songs we used to sing Sweet sweet bells of morning ring For Mary Endless summer Echoes Of The Heart Marianne, kaleidoscope of memory Technicolour melody Twilight and the Galaxy Girl Sunburst swirl All the songs we used to sing Sweet sweet bells of morning ring For Mary Endless summer, Echoes Of The Heart
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Lyrics: Many years from now, if the stars align somehow I’d say I love you Living by the sea Darling you and me on a lazy Sunday Time keeps drifting by Hellos and goodbyes Starlight in her eyes Many many moons ago, at the late night show I should’ve said I loved you Carnival by the sea, Pretty Valerie in a world of wonder Time keeps drifting by Hellos and goodbyes Starlight in your eyes Hello moon, goodbye sun The days grow old but the night is young Sky high don’t you look down, we flew towards sundown Your free Valerie A sparrow sang a minor key Sky high don’t you look down I was lost and you were found This crazy world keeps spinning round I don’t know why I can’t let this feeling go After all, it was many moons ago Many moons ago
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Rainbows 02:18
Lyrics: Everything comes and goes nobody really knows Darling our love still grows flowers in the spring Do do do… Rainbows in her eyes Do do do… Rainbows in your eyes Clouds in your eyes drift by Raindrops that you would cry, Darling we fly so high in love Do do do… Rainbows in her eyes Do do do… Rainbows in your eyes Everyone laughs and everyone cries All that shall live surely will die Maybe we arise Neath summer skies And maybe I’ll see you again. See you again, see you again I’ll see you again
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Lyrics; Sun’s up another day Wish your cares away The sweetest things you say Wish your cares away Dreaming at the picture show Walking in the falling snow Daydream of the summertime Twilight eyes will shine All The Love You Give, Live the life you want to live, All The Love That You Give All The Love You Give Surf’s up another day, Wish your cares away The sweetest things you say, Wish your cares away Took her to the picture show Walking in the falling snow Starlight Serenade Old piano that you played All The Love You Give, Live the life you want to live, All The Love That You Give All The Love You Give
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Lyrics A photograph of you, in the summer sun A photograph of you, when we were young A photograph of you by the deep dark sea, a photograph of you, you and me I know that the ship is sailed, I have one and I have failed, but you know our love was true A photograph of you by the Emerald Lake A photograph of you for goodness sake A photograph of you in the April rain A photograph of you when we felt the same I know that the ship is sailed I have one and I have failed but You know our love was true A photograph of you in the summer sun, A photograph of you when we were young A photograph of you on the dusty shelf A photograph of you when I lost myself I know that the ship is sailed I have won and I have failed but you know our love was true A photograph of you
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Lyrics Ooo don’t you go Your memory haunts my heart and soul Ooo I know you know Your memory will haunt my heart and soul My Heart’s a prisoner of love Blue moon shining up above Where stars shine eternally, To the sea, set me free The Mystery of Love Oooo lonely boy, Her beauty was his one and only joy Lonely girl you made me see, From mountain high to the deep blue sea Her Heart’s a prisoner of love Blue moon shining up above Where stars shine eternally, To the sea, set me free The Mystery of Love On and on the rain will fall I can’t pretend, in the end Love’s mystery a deep dark sea I will love you...till eternity
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Lyrics: Johnny don’t be a fool she loves you, Sunlight in hair Yeah you know there’s magic in the air Yes you know it’s true, Yes you love her too Johnny don’t be a fool, she loves you For now and evermore Yeah you know she’s waiting at the door Johnny don’t be a fool she loves you, Sunlight in hair Yeah you know there’s magic in the air Yes you know it’s true, Yes you love her too
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Lyrics: She walks in Spanish gardens sun kissed by the sea She showed me all her secrets that I long to see Sweet Madeline She could see the state my heart was in Oh Madeline Star signs, crystal ball, tea leaves in the tea She cast a magic spell, her heart enchanted me Oh Madeline Sweet Madeline She could see the state my heart was in Star-crossed lovers sacred hearts of sin Oh Madeline Met her in a French café upon an ancient mountain I pledged my love 1000 times and then she started counting Sweet Madeline She could see the state my heart was in Star-crossed lovers sacred hearts of sin Oh Madeline Madeline Madeline
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Lyrics- She walked into the room His life would never be the same She made him feel the way he felt before love faded in the rain She walked into the room He’d give his life for just one night She said She’d kill the pain, illuminate passion’s blinding light She's an Angel in Disguise We’ll leave this earthly world with no goodbyes She's an Angel in Disguise, from afar, fire in her eyes She walked into the room Kissed his lips with just one look She'd hypnotize and mesmerize, incantations from love’s lost book She walked into the room, gazing at stars eternally She made him feel alive, When we die we shall be free She's an Angel in Disguise We’ll leave this earthly world with no goodbyes She's an Angel in Disguise, from afar, fire in her eyes Brown eyes glitter in the glow of the silver moon Raindrops fall into the sea to a Brahmsian tune She walked into the night gazing at star is eternally

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“Starlight Serenade,” by The Foreign Films, review by Bob Rich (Santa Monica Star, California USA July 2021)

Bill Majoros, aka The Foreign Films, understands that, in trying times, wonder and splendor are highly valuable commodities. Here in the second year of an international pandemic, Majoros has released his seventh album, “Starlight Serenade.” His songcraft, moonstruck enthusiasm, and gritty realism, are as reliable as ever.

The album kicks off with the description of a “desolate city,” summing up the current state of the world, with our health crises and upheaval, then Majoros immediately sighs, “Oh, my dear, you look so pretty tonight.” Finding magnificence during devastation has been a poignant theme in Majoros’s work for years. This is the second album he has released during the pandemic. We continue to find Majoros rapt in awe, while remaining firmly grounded in the troubling realities of our universal struggles.

The second track, “Echoes Of The Heart,” urges a specific woman, Marianne, to forget about her sorrow, while the soaring arrangement makes it easy to do so. Deprivation helps us appreciate nourishment or beauty when we find it, which he describes vividly in the phrase a “skylark in the darkness” – as if a gorgeous bird is somehow alive and well in the deep shadows of turmoil. Majoros even mentions an “endless summer” in the song, perhaps a nod to the bittersweet grandeur of The Beach Boys, where Brian Wilson so often found a little hope and wonder in seaside tales touched by melancholy.

For this reviewer, the crowning achievement of the album arrives with the third track, “Many Moons Ago (Starlight Serenade).” The song opens with a luminous, celestial beginning, as a keyboard sounds off with ten seconds of sonic bliss. This cosmic vibe is felt again at 51 seconds with a harp-like rush of sound, then also at 1:57 where we again hear the ephemeral harp. He describes a “world of wonder” in the lyrics, and that is exactly what he creates with this song, a marvelous world of sound to explore, like Fellini’s “8 ½” transformed into a dazzling pop song.

The song “Rainbows” blends acoustic strumming with evocative piano, leading up to the technicolor carnival of “All the Love You Give,” where keyboards call out like clarion trumpets. The song includes the lyric, “Wish your cares away… took you to the picture show,” which encapsulates what Majoros does for the listener during the album. He gives us a cinematic experience, with imagery that is vibrant and transporting, taking us to exotic locations like the sea shore or Spanish gardens, often under the stars or moon. Importantly though, the record does not feel like purely escapist entertainment. Rather, I sense he is urging us to find happiness and strength in our actual lives. “All the Love You Give” encourages us to “live the life that you want to live,” a bold sentiment during a global pandemic – but the consoling acoustic guitar at the song’s conclusion is so upbeat, it seems possible somehow.

Despite the lofty ambitions in his lyrical concerns, Majoros never loses sight of how we’re all just human. The tune “A Photograph Of You” features his admission, “I have won and I have failed.” This refreshing confession of imperfection can empower us to take our own risks, knowing that mistakes and frustrations are a part of life. Perhaps disappointments don’t have to be seen as failures after all, but rather as necessary steps of growth. We never will taste the sweet fruit of victory unless we keep trying, as the next song, “The Mystery Of Love,” reminds us. The song feels like someone basking in happy romantic memories. Of course, these memories will never take place unless both parties bravely try to see what might be possible. “The Mystery Of Love” features another of Majoros’s stunningly inventive uses of the keyboard on the album, this time recalling the kaleidoscopic majesty of "Any Colour You Like" from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

“Johnny Don't Be A Fool” recalls The Beatles’ “She Loves You” and “Hey Jude,” building off the emotional victory of “The Mystery Of Love” with even more encouragement to give romance a shot. “Sweet Madeline” continues the album’s theme of mystery to poignant effect. Then, finally we arrive at “Angel In Disguise,” the closing tune. Here, we savor an R&B beat reminiscent of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” portraying a female love interest so formidable that she can “kill the pain” you’re feeling with her “passion’s blinding light.” This lady’s “eyes glitter and glow” like some modern-day Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, making you feel like you can “leave this earthly world,” but the beautiful thing is, she is a real-life human person. Majoros seeks out the otherworldly in our sad, hurting, risky, actual world, capturing the spirit of Magic Realism, the creative movement which tries to find wonder in the everyday.

Congrats to The Foreign Films for making yet another deeply worthwhile song cycle that discovers healing poetry along the broken, exciting roads of life on earth. This is one serenade I strongly suggest you stick around for.

Heartfelt thanks to Bob Rich for the absolutely wonderful review!!✌️❤️🎸

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released July 29, 2021

2021 All songs written by Bill Majoros
Produced by Carl Jennings & Bill Majoros

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