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Wish me luck

Posted on: December 14, 2017


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“Mera Naam Joker” (1970) was produced and directed by Raj Kapoor for R K Films, Boombay. This movie had Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Dara Singh, Kseniya Ryabinkina, Padmini, Rajendra Kumar, Om Prakash, Rajendra Nath, Achala Sachdev, Eduard Sjereda etc in it.

Raj Kapoor (14 December 1924 – 2 June 1988), the producer-director-actor of this movie was born this day 93 years ago.

Ten songs from “Mera Naam Joker” (1970) have already been covered in the blog. Only one song from the movie is left. This remaining song is an English song which is sung by school kids, including a young Raju (played by Rishi Kapoor, making his debut in movies with this role) as Mary (Simi Garewal), their school teacher gets married to David (Manoj Kumar).

The song is sung by an unknown voice and chorus. Lyricist is not known. It is composed by Shankar Jaikishan, of course.

I request our readers with keener ears to help point our a few missing/ correct words that I may have missed in the lyrics. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the identity of the singer as well as the lyricist of this song.

With this song, the eleventh and final song from the movie, “Mera Naam Joker” (1970) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song – Wish me luck (Mera Naam Joker) (1970) Singer – Unidentified Male Voice, Lyrics – Phil Park, MD – Shankar Jaikishan
Chorus

Lyrics

wish me luck
as you wave me good bye
cheerio
here I go on my way
wish me luck
as you wave me good bye
cheerio
here I go on my way

with a cheer
(with a cheer)
not a tear in your eyes
(not a tear in your eyes)
wish me luck
(wish me luck)
as you wave me good bye
(as you wave me good bye)

wish me luck
as you wave me good bye
cheerio
here I go on my way

give me a smile
(give me a smile)
I can keep for a while
(I can keep for a while)
in my heart
(in my heart)
while you are away
(while you are away)
wish me luck
(wish me luck)
as you wave me good bye
(as you wave me good bye)
cheerio
(cheerio)
here I go on my way

(here I go on my way)

till we meet once again
(till we meet once again)
you and I
(you and I)
wish me luck
(wish me luck)
as you wave me good bye

(as you wave me good bye)

wish me luck
as you wave me good bye
cheerio
here I go on my way

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4 Responses to "Wish me luck"

Congratulations Atul ji on covering all songs of “Mera Naam Joker-1970” and its joining to the “list of movies-all songs covered’ ..!!!

and, yes, Wishing you ‘all the best’ for ‘Yippeeeeing’ more and more movies on the blog as this wonderful journey continues further …

Atul ji,

This song is a very old English song, that was first performed just before the breakout of the 2nd World War. Once the war happened, this song caught the fancy of the public and transformed into a farewell and good luck song. The intended performer of the song is the soldier leaving for duty at the battlefront, singing to his family / sweetheart, requesting for a cheerful send off sans any tears. The song became a legend. In the year 2009, the London newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ released a compilation DVD titled ‘Songs That Won The War’. This song topped the list.

As per internet sources, specifically the web site ‘International Lyrics Playground‘, the original song is written by Phil Park, and the original tune is by Harry Parr-Davies. The famous British singer, Vera Lynn, recorded this in Nov 1939. She performed this song multiple times during her career, including an appearance as herself in the Danish film ‘Venus of West Island’ (1962). Vera Lynn, widely known as “the Forces’ Sweetheart”, is an English singer of traditional pop, songwriter and actress, whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. Incidentally, this singer is very much present with us, having celebrated her 100th birthday on 20th March earlier this year.

The song also appeared in the 1939 film ‘Shipyard Sally’, performed by Gracie Fields. Over the years, the song has been performed by many artists, including Winifred Atwell (on piano), Elsie Carlisle, Chas & Dave, Cyril Grantham, Jack Hylton & his Orchestra, amongst others.

The version that we hear in the film ‘Mera Naam Joker’ is verily a trimmed version of this song – the length of the original song is more than three and a half minutes. Less than half the song appears in this version. Plus there is a minor change in the words. The lines that read as
with a cheer
not a tear in your eyes

in the original lyrics, are read as
with a cheer
not a tear make it gay

(Obviously, back in 1939, the public understanding of the word ‘gay’ was very different.)

Also, the lines that read as
give me a smile
I can keep for a while
in my heart
while you are away

in the original lyrics read as
give me a smile
I can keep all the while
in my heart
while I am away

The tune of this version may rightly be attributed to Shankar Jaikishan. This melody is very different, and rendered at a faster pace, as compared to a couple of versions that I could locate on the YT.

One online source has queried whether the lead male voice is Nitin Mukesh. I highly doubt it. My hunch – this could well be Rishi Kapoor himself, but that is just a guess.

So the matter of the male singing voice still needs more research. In all likelihood, Rishi Kapoor may well be the best source to check for this information.

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks a lot for all these invaluable information. So there is so much history involved behind this innocuous sounding song. 🙂

This is an old song, at least 75 years old, having several versions, most popular being Gracy Field’s. Since this is a popular old song, it’s composition cannot be credited to SJ.

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