A Bell is Not a Bell

In the Oscar Hammerstein II – Out Of My Dreams documentary on PBS (see my previous post) is reference to a beautiful verse from the song “Sixteen Going On Seventeen – Reprise” from The Sound of Music. (This verse is not used in the movie version.) It’s a most Heideggerian sentiment:

A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it.
A song’s not a song ’til you sing it.
Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.
Love isn’t loveā€¦ ’til you give it away!

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