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It's about Fanny trying to seduce Nick (re: Has anyone ever really noticed...)
Last Edit: Marlo*Manners 02:14 pm EDT 10/03/22
Posted by: Marlo*Manners 02:03 pm EDT 10/03/22
In reply to: re: Has anyone ever really noticed... - BobPlak 07:35 pm EDT 10/01/22

I think that Lainie Kazan gets this in her recreated "audition" on the Bell Telephone Hour before she was fired. It seems she is singing "People" to Nick with the underlying subtext message that people who need people are lucky - meaning "need me" and "love me". Don't just be rolling around gambling and whoring. "Lovers are very special people, they're the luckiest people in the world". It's both an "I want" song and a seduction song.

"And yet letting a grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children"

Is an invitation to Nicky (she can't be the aggressor so she is passive aggressive) to make a move, a declaration, take her. Want her. NEED HER.

Barbra in the movie plays it on a fire escape or stairs illuminated by a street lamp like she is center stage in a spotlight and sings it to the world while Omar Sharif's Nick just stands to the side and watches her like she is performing in the Follies and he's an audience member admiring her. Barbra sings the song to the universe. Kazan sings the song to Nick.

I find the lyrics kind of evasive/suggestive - not spelling it out directly. "Lovers" sounds general but it's Fanny and Nick. People could be either of them needing people - i.e. each other. Fanny is trying to make a connection. But she's a woman and can't be too open in her desire or need or too aggressive and she is shy. So it's "people who need people" instead of "take me". She is feeling shy, excited and nervous. This is her first date with him.

Marlo Manners (Lady Barrington)
Link Lainie on the Bell Telephone Hour November 1964
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