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Nature Boy

The Wistman


There was a man whose name was eden ahbez.  He was a mysterious person, a sort-of early nomadic hippie in California.  He wrote an important song that many major artists have sung and recorded.  Numerous films have included a version of it in the soundtrack.  Nat King Cole made it famous, but there are great versions by Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, and countless others.  Here are the lyrics, and then there's my favorite, most haunting version for you to hear.  Nature Boy:

There was a boy.
A very strange enchanted boy.
They say he wandered very far, very far,
Over land and sea;
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he.
And then one day --
A magic day -- he passed my way;
And while we spoke of many things,
Fools and kings,
This he said to me:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love, and be loved in return."


A live performance by "The Real Group" from Sweden


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