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Dee Shipman  Dee Shipman  Dee Shipman

"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic." 

- Charles Aznavour

Dear Mr. Chaplin
(Dee Shipman / Ralph Lewin)

Dear Mr. Chaplin
Oh dear Mr. Chaplin
You taught us to smile 
Through our tears

Dear Mr. Llloyd
You showed how to avoid
Giving in to fears

Charlie could do it
Lloyd always won through it
At least that's now how it appears
Endings came right
Life was so black and white
In those unspoken years

Flickering shades
And scenes
Silently haunt our screens
Captions of words unheard
Echo from two and four reelers
Of movie scene stealers

A Key-stone Cops chase
Mr. Keaton's straight faced
Bankhead, Banky and 
Bara and Bow
Oh Mr. Chaplin
Oh dear Mr. Chaplin
Please where did they go?

Dear Mr. Chaplin
Oh dear Mr. Chaplin
Our hobo, our hero
Our star
Comically tragic
The memory of magic
Is what you are

Dear Valentino
You lit up the screen
Though Navarro with you would Compete
Rudy and Ramon
The moment you came on
Each heart missed a beat

You were our dreams
Come true
We lived our lives 
Through you
As with each soundless role
You stole 
The love of a nation
A whole generation

Can not comprehend
Mr. Chaplin, dear friend
At the end 
If you finally knew
How many cried
When their innocence died
Mr. Chaplin 
With you....



  • Original demo recording by Tony Burrows arranged and produced by Roger Webb CLICK TO LISTEN»




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