How Little We Know (Carmichael-Mercer)
A beautiful, fascinating, song is "How Little We Know," music by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), lyrics by Johnny Mercer 1909-1976). It was introduced in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not by Lauren Bacall with Hoagy (toothpick in his mouth) accompanying her at the piano. Carmichael was from Bloomington, Indiana, 132 miles south of Peru, Indiana, birthplace of Cole Porter (1891-1964). Mercer was from Savannah, Georgia.
This is one of Carmichael's best compositions, although not as well known as "Stardust," "Georgia On My Mind," "Heart and Soul" and "The Nearness of You." It is also not to be confused with another song of the same title, recorded by Frank Sinatra and written by Springer/Leigh.
It has an unusual length - 48 bars. Carmichael went beyond the standard 32 bars by writing a bridge ("Who knows why an April breeze") which, at 16 bars, is twice as long as usual, and also by throwing in other unexpected measures. According to Alec Wilder, Mabel Mercer would sing this as a waltz, and Wilder believed it made more sense that way. Listen to it and decide for yourself. Here is the original version from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfuUu5xmMA