I can’t claim that in the case of my wife and me, “Like a rose under the April snow, I was always certain love would grow.” After all, both of us had been in good relationships that crumbled, and we knew that life was unpredictable.
But now, 33 years later, Joanna and I can truly say that in our case we have seemingly been blessed with “love ageless and evergreen, seldom seen by two.” In fact, our relationship has been far, far better than the one portrayed in the film where those quoted lines were heard.
The phrases come from “Evergreen,” the “love theme” from the 1976 version of “A Star is Born” starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. (I’ve never seen the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason or the 1937 version starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, though all three films won Academy Awards. Supposedly a new version of the film is “in development.”)
“Evergreen” beautifully expresses much of how I feel about our marriage, Streisand has an amazing voice, we’ve long been fans of Kristofferson, and we live in the “Evergreen State.” So despite the sad nature of the film that featured the song, “Evergreen” belongs on this blog.
Lyrics here, with video (from a scene in the film, supposedly done in a single take) below.