What is this song?
June 27, 2011 5:56 AM   Subscribe

I have a music box (actually a musical flamingo) from the early '90s. What song is it playing? The sticker on the bottom says "Somew" and the rest is torn off.
posted by giraffe to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I believe the song is "Somewhere in Time" from a movie of the same title.
posted by noxetlux at 6:04 AM on June 27, 2011

Best answer: Yeah Somewhere in Time....same tune here
posted by Captain_Science at 6:06 AM on June 27, 2011

Response by poster: You guys are the best! Wikipedia describes the movie as a "romantic science fiction tragedy film," which sounds downright amazing.

So what's the deal with the flamingo?

This appears to be the tune from the soundtrack.
posted by giraffe at 6:12 AM on June 27, 2011

Was the music box actually made in the '90s? Somewhere in Time came out in 1980 and I remember a lot of flamingo decor in the '80s, though I have no idea what inspired it. Miami Vice, maybe.
posted by camyram at 6:22 AM on June 27, 2011

There's really no telling when it comes to the music that ends up in music boxes. My sisters bought one in the early 90's that lit up beautifully, and played a haunting melody that we enjoyed over and over again. Years later I figured out that it was the theme from "The Godfather."
posted by hermitosis at 6:55 AM on June 27, 2011

Response by poster: It's certainly possible that it was made in the '80s, but the movie would've been at least 5 years old by the time the purchase was made. Maybe it was bought at a garage sale or something? It's a gift dating back to when I was too young to pronounce "flamingo" very well.

We had a light-up flower that played the theme to Love Story. My family has questionable taste; my mom decorates like a poor man's Carmela Soprano. Actually, something playing the theme to The Godfather sounds right up our alley.
posted by giraffe at 7:15 AM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Old movie tunes can stick around forever in music boxes, though -- I've seen many new with the tune from Dr. Zhivago on them, or the theme from Ice Castles.
posted by fiercecupcake at 9:36 AM on June 27, 2011

Somewhere in Time is definitely worth seeing if you have a free evening. Have a hankie ready.
posted by Addlepated at 10:45 AM on June 27, 2011

The son from Dr. Zhivago that fiercecupcake references is called Somewhere My Love. Without listening to your clip, it was my first answer to your question, as I have a music box that plays it.

The theme to Love Story is also known as Where Do I Begin. Also have a music box that plays it as well.
posted by IndigoRain at 8:09 PM on June 27, 2011

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