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Do You Love Me (Fiddler on the Roof)

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Released  1964 (1964)
Composer(s)  Jerry Bock
Language  English
Length  3:14
Lyricist(s)  Sheldon Harnick

"Do You Love Me?" is a song from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. It is performed by Tevye and his wife Golde.

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Production

Chaim Topol explained:

Just to mention another example, when I started the show, I was married nine years. When we sang Do You Love Me, Golde and I, there is a line about "after 25 years." At that time, 25 years seemed inconceivable. Now that I've experienced 52 years of marriage to the same wonderful lady, 25 years seems like a children's game.

Synopsis

Tevye and Golde's daughters choose men they love as marital partners. As they themselves had an arranged marriage, Tevye asks Golde if she actually loves him.

Southern light Opera explains "‘Do you love me’ sums up the confusion in Tevye’s mind as times change".

Critical reception

Culture in Northern Ireland described it as "lovely". According to The Irish Times, "In an enchanting duet with his wife, Tevye philosophises about the existence of love in his own 25-year marriage – Do You Love Me is one of the most memorable songs of the evening and captures the vividness of Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics." Daily Breeze says "There’s no surprise at the end of the couple’s duet, “Do You Love Me?” when indeed she reveals her love." Seen and Heard names it "bittersweet". The Shuttle described it as "an inoffensive but adorable highlight". Talkin' Broadway notes one performance was "sweet, charming and completely realistic". Decent Films Guide called it "quietly bittersweet". Des Moines Register named it an "old-married-couple duet".

References

Do You Love Me? (Fiddler on the Roof) Wikipedia


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