Is That All There Is, My Friends?

“I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire. I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face as he gathered me up in his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement. I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames. And when it was all over I said to myself, “Is that all there is to a fire?”

Is that all there is, is that all there is? If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing Let’s break out the booze and have a ball If that’s all there is.

“And when I was 12 years old, my father took me to the circus, the greatest show on earth. There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads. And as I sat there watching the marvelous spectacle I had the feeling that something was missing. I don’t know what, but when it was over, I said to myself, “Is that all there is to a circus?”

Is that all there is, is that all there is? If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing Let’s break out the booze and have a ball If that’s all there is.

“Then I fell in love, head over heels in love, with the most wonderful boy in the world. We would take long walks by the river or just sit for hours gazing into each other’s eyes. We were so very much in love. Then one day, he went away. And I thought I’d die — but I didn’t.  And when I didn’t I said to myself, “Is that all there is to love?”

Is that all there is, is that all there is? If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing….

“I know what you must be saying to yourselves. If that’s the way she feels about it why doesn’t she just end it all? Oh, no. Not me. I’m in no hurry for that final disappointment. For I know just as well as I’m standing here talking to you, when that final moment comes and I’m breathing my last breath, I’ll be saying to myself…”

Is that all there is, is that all there is? If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing Let’s break out the booze and have a ball If that’s all there is.

THIS IS POST NUMBER 1100 FOR ME.  NOPE, THAT’S NOT ALL THERE IS…..

9 thoughts on “Is That All There Is, My Friends?

  1. I never heard Midler sing it. I heard Peggy Lee sing it and I’ve always liked the way she sang it; especially the part about “break out the booze.”!! This is a song about optimism and perseverance. If that’s all there is then what the heck, I’m just going to keep on dancing and drinking (celebrating life). She’s not going to let life’s disappointments bring her down.

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    • Yes! That’s what I get out of it too. Plus it’s great fun to be sappy. haha The original Peggy Lee version is great. There’s just something about Bette Midler’s interpretation that I like more.

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      • I’ll have to keep my ears peeled for Midler’s version. I like her. I like Lee’s version because it has sort of an Oomp-pa-pa beat to it in certain parts (like they’re dancing). It’s a unique song.

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  2. I became a Bette Midler fan a bit late in the game. It was because of small little a cappella number she sings in the movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Since then, I have come to think of her as one of the finest singers the North American continent ever produced. Thanks for a lovely video.

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