Distant Voices, Still Lives: Music and Songs

Many of the songs were sung by the cast, including Debi Jones’s light rendition of Buttons and Bows and Angela Walsh’s heart-breaking rendition of Johnny Mercer’s I Wanna Be Around.

The film also features a juxtaposition of Ella Fitzgerald singing Taking a Chance on Love with a scene of brutal domestic violence.

There’s a Man Goin’ Round Takin’ Names Jessye Norman

I Get the Blues When it Rains Marcy Klauber

Oh, Mein Papa Eddie Calvert

Roll out the Barrel (Beer Barrel Polka) Jaromír Vejvoda

A Hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten

Pastoral Symphony No.3 Vaughan Williams

Love is a Many Splendored Thing Mantovani

Up the Lazy River Hoagy Carmichael

Galway Bay Tommy Riley

Taking a Chance on Love Ella Fitzgerald

Finger of Suspicion Dicky Valentine

My Yiddishe Momma Anne Shelton

Brown Skin Girl King Radio

Back in the Old Routine Wilson Stone

I Love the Ladies (Traditional)

Buttons and Bows Jay Livingston Ray Evans

If You Knew Suzie Joseph Meyer & Stephen W. Ballantine, George Buddy De Sylva

I Wanna Be Around Johnny Mercer (sung in the 1950s by Julie London)

O Waly, Waly Peter Pears

The melody Limelight, played on the harmonica, is taken Chaplin’s 1952 film (which 20 years later won the Best Original Score Oscar).