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Lounge Lizard Alert!

Now here’s a funny thing — funny-peculiar, not funny-haha.

I have been watching the British TV adaptions of P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster stories. At 2m27s into Series 4, Episode 1, Part 2, Bertie and two reprobate cousins are in a New York nightclub. (This is supposed to be around 1930.) A female singer is on stage singing the following:

Time without end

I wait for you

This date for you

Time without end

Calendars don’t matter,

Clocks can lose their charm;

My diary says,

That empty stock’s not worth a darn

I love you and I’ll need you

Till the end of time

But when will the pendulum swing

Time without end

Without a friend

Without I’ll spend

Time without end

With you

It’s a lovely song — well, it is if, like me, you are a sucker for those smoky, sophisticated lounge ballads of the thirties and forties.

What’s funny is, this song seems to be unknown to Google. All I can turn up is a Russian website for Wodehouse fans. They don’t tell me who wrote it, or where I can get a recording. It’s also unknown to eMusic, usually reliable for obscure stuff.

I suppose it’s possible that the producers of the TV series hired in a songwriter, but why would they do that, with ten thousand prêt à chanter songs of the period to choose from?

Anyone know anything about this? Mark Steyn’s our show-tunes wallah — any idea, Mark? Or anyone?

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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