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“Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Stay?”

August 31, 2009
"Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and then you had the feeling that you wanted to stay"
 
Lyrics from a song called  "Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Stay?" by Jimmy Durante. It’s from the 1944 film "Two Girls and a Sailor." ,
 
This song was originally sung by Jimmy Durante in the 1942 movie "The Man Who Came to Dinner", with Monty Woolley, Ann Sheridan, and Bette Davis.
 
In a much later movie, "My Stepmother Is an Alien", Dan Akroyd and Kim Bassinger sang that song, giving their impression of Jimmy Durante.
 
There is another movie "Scent of a Woman", in which these lyrics was quoted by Al Pacino。
 
The famous line from this (silly) song is quoted also in _The Ghostwriter_ (1979) by Philip Roth, toward the end of the novel.
 

 

…wouldn’t wait very long.

It’s tough to have the feeling that you wanted to go,

Still have the feeling that you wanted to stay.

Start to go.

Change your mind.

Start to go again but change your mind again.

It’s tough to have the feeling that you wanted to go,

Still have the feeling that you wanted to stay.

Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, si, do.

I go.

I’ll stay.

(SPOKEN: My butler gave me the wrong shirt!)

I’ll go.

I’ll stay.

I’m goin’, I’m–, I’m stayin’, but–

(SPOKEN: I know there’s a million good-lookin’ guys, but I’m …)

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2013 05:24

    The first day of the week is Sunday not Monday you hacks!

  2. May 8, 2015 02:29

    I love this song. I heard by first time in My Stepmother is an alien and certainly some time I had that feeling

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