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She Was Beautiful (Cavatina)

Cavatina” is a 1970 classical guitar piece by British composer Stanley Myers based on music originally written for the soundtrack of the film The Walking Stick (1970). After Myers expanded the piece and it was recorded by guitarist John Williams, “Cavatina” was popularized as the theme from the 1978 film The Deer Hunter.

The Italian musical term cavatina is frequently applied to any simple, melodious air.


She was beautiful, beautiful to my eyes.
From the moment I saw her, sun filled the sky.
She was so beautiful, beautiful just to hold
In my dreams she was springtime, winter was cold

How could I tell her when I so clearly could see
Though I longed for her another trusted me completely
So I never could be free.

Ah, but it was beautiful knowing that she cared
I will always remember moments we shared.
Now it’s all over still the feelings linger on
For my dream keeps returning now that you’re gone
For it was beautiful, beautiful to be loved.

Here’s a version of Cavatina sung by the Classic Beaufort Male Choir’ (They sing the song 24 seconds into the video).

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The Ku-ring-gai Male Choir acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples – the First Australians – as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders – past, present and emerging – and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.