Not Today

This week at Song Lyric Sunday, Jim has given us the prompt of “Days of the Week.” I chose “Never on Sunday.” The best English version I could find is by The Chordettes but it was originally done by Melina Mercouri.


Lyrics

Oh, you can kiss me on a Monday
A Monday, a Monday is very, very good
Or you can kiss me on a Tuesday
A Tuesday, a Tuesday in fact I wish you would
Or you can kiss me on a Wednesday a Thursday
A Friday and Saturday is best
But never ever on a Sunday, a Sunday, a Sunday
‘Cause that’s my day of rest

[Chorus]
Most any day you can be my guest
Any day you say but my day of rest
Just name the day that you like the best
Only stay away on my day of rest

[Verse 2]
Oh, you can kiss me on a cool day, a hot day, a wet day
Which ever one you choose
Or try to kiss me on a gray day, a May day, a pay day
And see if I refuse
And if you make it on a bleak day, a freak day, or a weekday
Well, you can be my guest

But never ever on a Sunday, a Sunday the one day I need a little rest

[Outro]
Oh, you can kiss me on a week day, a week day, a week day
The day to be my guest



The Story

“Never on Sunday” was written by Manos Hadjidakis as “Ta Pedia tou Pirea” (The Children of Piraeus). His original Greek lyrics, along with the foreign translations in German, French, Italian and Spanish do not mention “Never on Sunday” (as found in the English lyrics), but rather tell the story of the main female character of the film, Illya (Mercouri). Illya is a jolly woman who sings of her joyful life in her port town of Piraeus (“If I search the world over/I’ll find no other port/Which has the magic/Of my Port Piraeus”). Although she earns her money as a prostitute, she longs to meet a man someday who is just as full of joie de vivre as she is herself.

In 1960, the song was nominated and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a first for a foreign-language picture since the Academy began to recognize achievements in this category in 1934.[4]

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