He's Me Pal by Meryl Streep

“An Irish immigrant's song from 1905, sung here by Meryl Streep in the 1987 movie 'Ironweed.' Streep plays an itinerant woman named Helen who drinks a lot. Helen can't forget that she used to sing, used to play piano -- and we wonder if she had classical training, and if she did, why she never did anything with it. At what point did Helen notice that she just drinks during the day? Or has she even noticed that yet? William Kennedy, who wrote the screenplay and the novel it's based on, said Streep brought more to the character than he wrote in the script: "I don't think there's any doubt in Meryl's performance that Helen is dying. But you see a residual elegance in her, a sense of having once been beautiful. You see her ravaged by some unnamed disease. Meryl said she was imitating her grandmother; she got Helen's carriage from the way her grandmother walked." Helen reminds me of my grandmother, as well: butch, a man's woman, but with a small, dangerous, little-girl susceptibility.”

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This jam is special! The first and only time it’s been posted was by iprefernotto in Sep 2015.