It was introduced by Adelaide Hall at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York in January 1928 in Lew Leslie's Blackbird Revue, which opened on Broadway later that year as the highly successful Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 (518 performances), wherein it was performed by Adelaide Hall, Aida Ward and Willard McLean. Some controversy surrounds the song's authorship. Andy Razaf biographer Harry Singer offers circumstantial evidence that suggests Fats Waller might have sold the melody to McHugh in 1926 and that the lyrics were by Andy Razaf. Alternatively, Philip Furia has pointed out that Fields' verse is almost identical to the end of the second verse of Lorenz Hart's and Richard Rodgers' song "Where's That Rainbow?" from Peggy-Ann, the 1926 musical comedy with book by Fields' brother Herbert and produced by their father Lew:
Gee, but it's tough to be broke, kid. It's not a joke, kid--it's a curse. My luck is changing--it's gotten from simply rotten to something worse. Who knows someday I will win too I'll begin to reach my prime. Now that I see what our end is All can spend is just my time.
I can't give you anything but love, baby. That's the only thing I've plenty of, baby. Dream a while, scheme a while, You're sure to find Happiness and I guess, All those things you've always pined for.
Gee, it's great to see you looking swell, baby. Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell, baby. Till that lucky day you know darn well, baby, I can't give you anything but love.
"Tea for Two" is a song from the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar. It is a duet sung by Nanette and Tom in Act II as they imagine their future. The song contains abrupt key changes between A-flat major and C-major. The song also consists mostly of dotted eighth and quarter notes. Alec Wilder described these features as being uncharacteristic of a great theatrical song but acknowledged the song's great success regardless. The story may be apocryphal, but Irving Caesar indicated on Steve Allen's radio show that the lyrics were intended to be temporary. Hoyt Axton later did much the same thing with the "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" part of "Joy to the World". In October 1927, the conductor Nikolai Malko challenged Dmitri Shostakovich to do an arrangement of a piece in 45 minutes. His "Tea for Two" arrangement, Opus 16, was first performed on 25 November 1928. It was incorporated into Tahiti Trot from his ballet The Golden Age first performed in 1929.
I'm discontented with homes that are rented so I have invented my own. Darling this place is a lover's oasis where life's weary chase is unknown. Far from the cry of the city, where flowers pretty caress the streams, Cozy to hide in, to live side-by-side in. And don't let it abide in my dreams.
Picture you upon my knee, just tea for two and two for tea, Just me for you and you for me, alone!
Nobody near us, to see us or hear us, No friends or relations on weekend vacations, We won't have it known, dear, that we own a telephone, dear.
Day will break and you'll awake And start to bake a sugar cake For me to take for all the boys to see.
We will raise a family, a boy for you, and a girl for me, Can't you see how happy we would be?
Lyrics:Vinicius De Moraes ,Ray Gilbert Music:Antonio Carlos Jobim
The song was publishe 1963.
This song was also known as The Revolted Lover. It was entered as a new tune on the Stationers' Register June 1, 1629 by "the Assignes of Thomas Symcocke." It apeared in The Dancing Master (1650-98) and in Playford's Introduction (1664). The original ballad had twelve stanzas. Only three are given here.
Once, once I Loved And I gave so much love to this world you were the world to me Once I cried At the thought I was foolish and proud and let you say goodbye
And then one day From my infinite sadness you came and brought me love again Now I know That no matter what ever befalls I'll never let you go I will hold you close Make you stay Because love is the saddest thing when it goes away Love is the saddest thing when it goes away
It was featured in the movie Hard to Get, released November 1938, where it was sung by Dick Powell.
Originally, the song was recorded by Bing Crosby for the biggest-selling hit version, while other contemporaneous hit versions included recordings by Tommy Dorsey (with vocal by Edythe Wright) and Russ Morgan. It was also revived by Bobby Darin in 1961, reaching the charts again that year. The song has been recorded by many other artists (see below for a partial list) and is considered a popular standard.
Does your mother realize The stork delivered quite a prize The day he left you on the family tree? Does your dad appreciate That you're merely supergreat The miracle of any century? If they don't just send them both to me.
You must have been a beautiful baby You must have been a wonderful child When you were only starting to go to kindergarten I bet you drove the little boys wild.
And when it came to winning blue ribboms You must have shown the other kids how. I can see the judges' eyes as they handed you the prize You must have made the cutest bow.
You must've been a beautiful baby 'Cause baby, look at you now.
The song was later performed by over 100 artists. Among them are: Al Bowlly, Lee Wiley, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong; Cannonball Adderley with John Coltrane; Jack Teagarden; Jimmy Buffett; Billie Holiday; Anita O'Day; Dean Martin; Kay Starr; Frank Sinatra; Doris Day; Frankie Laine; Art Tatum; Erroll Garner; Don Rondo;Kate Smith; Mel Torme; Renee Olstead; Ricky Nelson; Stan Getz; Ben Webster; Vera Lynn; Tara Nevins; the Radcliffe Pitches; Ralph Marterie and Sonny Stitt on his album "New York Jazz".
Moonlight and magnolias, starlight in your hair All the world a dream come true Did it really happen, was I really there Was I really there with you
We lived our little drama, We kissed in a field of white And stars fell on Alabama last night
I can't forget the glamour Your eyes held a tender light While stars fell on Alabama last night
I never planned in my imagination, a situation so heavenly A fairy land where no one else could enter And in the center, just you and me
My heart beats like a hammer, My arms wound around you tight And stars fell on Alabama last night
Mercer said that he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could get the lyrics right. Mercer recalled Carmichael initially called him several times about the lyric, but had forgotten about it by the time Mercer finally wrote the lyrics. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair. This song is considered a jazz standard.
Skylark, have you anything to say to me? Won't you tell me where my love can be? Is there a meadow in the mist Where someone's waiting to be kissed?
Oh skylark, have you seen a valley green with spring? Where my heart can go a journeying Over the shadows and the rain To a blossom covered lane
And in your lonely flight Haven't you heard the music in the night? Wonderful music Faint as a will-o'-the-wisp Crazy as a loon Sad as a gypsy serenading the moon
Oh skylark, I don't know if you can find these things But my heart is riding on your wings So if you see them anywhere Won't you lead me there Oh skylark Won't you lead me there?
Though it was also recorded in 1971 by Elvis Presley, four others recorded it in 1971 — Joan Baez for her album, Blessed Are... (July 1971), Gladys Knight and The Pips 1972, Bryan Ferry for his album, Another Time, Another Place (October 1974), Jerry Lee Lewis who did a bluesy version for his album "Touching Home" and country singer Sammi Smith, whose recording of the song is the most commercially successful and most well-known version. Smith's recording ranks among the most successful country singles of all time in terms of sales, popularity and radio airplay. Her recording topped the country singles chart, and was also a crossover hit, reaching number eight on the U.S. pop singles chart.
Take the ribbon from your hair, Shake it loose and let it fall, Lay it soft upon my skin. Like the shadows on the wall.
Come and lay down by my side Till the early morning light All I'm takin' is your time. Help me make it through the night.
I don't care what's right or wrong, I won't try to understand. Let the devil take tomorrow Lord tonight I need a friend.
Yesterday is dead and gone And tomorrow's out of sight And it's sad to be alone. Help me make it through the night.
Lyrics:Richard A. Whiting Music:Charles N. Daniels
The song was publishe 1928.
Songwriters Whiting and Daniels had rarely worked together, yet their association went back to when they were both employed by Remick publishing company’s Detroit office. A 1925 collaboration of the two, “Moon Deer,” with words by Whiting’s frequent lyricist Raymond Egan, was recorded by a few bands but basically faded.
Although Whiting was content in Detroit, his wife Eleanore knew he needed to be either in New York or Los Angeles where opportunities for his talents were greater. Reluctantly he relocated to New York where a chance meeting brought Daniels and Whiting together. Although rarely a lyricist, Whiting agreed to write lyrics for “She’s Funny That Way,” the only time in his career he wrote words for another songwriter.
I'm not much to look at, nothin' to see Just glad I'm livin' and lucky to be I got a man, crazy for me He's funny that way
I can't save a dollar, ain't worth a cent He doesn't holler, he'd live in a tent I got a man, crazy for me He's funny that way
Though he loves to work and slave for me everyday He'd be so much better off if I went away
But why should I leave him, why should I go? He'd be unhappy without me, I know I've got that man mad about me He's funny that way
How can see no other way and no better plan End it all and let him go to some other day
But I'm only human, a coward at best I'm more than certain he'd follow me West I've got that man crazy for me He's funny that way
It is generally associated with Frank Sinatra, who recorded it on his 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing, accompanied by Count Basie, under the direction of Quincy Jones. It was the last song Sinatra sang in public, on February 25, 1995, and the words "The Best is Yet to Come" are etched on Sinatra's tombstone. Though Sinatra made it popular, the song was actually written for and introduced by Tony Bennett. Notable recordings include:
Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum You came along and everything's startin' to hum Still, it's a real good bet, the best is yet to come
Best is yet to come and babe, won't that be fine? You think you've seen the sun, but you ain't seen it shine
Wait till the warm-up's underway Wait till our lips have met Wait till you see that sunshine day You ain't seen nothin' yet
The best is yet to come and babe, won't it be fine? Best is yet to come, come the day you're mine
Come the day you're mine I'm gonna teach you to fly We've only tasted the wine We're gonna drain the cup dry
Wait till your charms are right for these arms to surround You think you've flown before, but baby, you ain't left the ground
Wait till you're locked in my embrace Wait till I draw you near Wait till you see that sunshine place Ain't nothin' like it here
The best is yet to come and babe, won't it be fine? The best is yet to come, come the day you're mine
The major hits at the time of introduction were Tony Martin, Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle and Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra. It was also recorded by Billy Eckstine. The song proved popular with 1960s pop and rhythm and blues artists, resulting in charted remakes in 1960-61 (Brook Benton), 1962 (Etta James), and Ricky Nelson (1963). The Ricky Nelson version was an enormous hit, reaching #12 in the Billboard pop charts and would become the most famous version of this song, and even featured in Kenneth Angers' film Scorpio Rising (1963). For their 1962 album Duet Doris Day and André Previn recorded their interpretation of the song. Elvis Presley followed Ricky Nelson's style in 1971 featured on the 1972 album Elvis Now. Bow Wow Wow covered the track on their 1980 MC-only debut Your Cassette Pet. She & Him covered Ricky Nelson's version for Levi's Pioneer Sessions in 2010.
Fools rush in Where angels fear to tread And so I come to you, my love My heart above my head
Though I see The danger there If there's a chance for me Then I don't care
Fools rush in Where wise men never go But wise men never fall in love So how are they to know
When we met I felt my life begin So open up your heart and let This fool rush in
It was published in 1928 and originally sung by Aileen Stanley. The song was sung and recorded by Billie Holiday many times, from the mid-1930s onwards. It was sung by Irene Dunne in the movie A Guy Named Joe with Spencer Tracy (MGM, 1943). The song was revived to even greater success in 1944, when the 1940 recording by Harry James (Dick Haymes vocal) was re-released (during the 1942–44 musicians' strike, which prevented recording of new material) (Billboard #1). The Ink Spots' version featuring lead Tenor Bill Kenny was also popular in 1944, reaching the retail top ten.
This old world was just as sad a place for me As could be I was lonely and blue This old world then changed to paradise for me Suddenly Why? Because I met you All the wealth and power I may never find Still as long as I have you, dear; I won't mind For..
I'll get by As long as I have you Though there'll be rain And darkness too I'll not complain I'll laugh it through
Poverty May come to me, that's true But what care I Say, I'll get by As long as I have you
Lyrics:Alan & Marilyn Bergman Music:Michel Legrand
The song was publishe 1970.
The songs is from the film "Summer of 42"(1971). Michel Legrand won the Oscar as the Best Music, Original Dramatic Score.
The film opens with a series of still photographs appearing over melancholic music, representing the abstract memories of the unseen Herman Raucher, now a middle-aged man. We then hear Raucher (voiced by Robert Mulligan) recalling the summer he spent on the island of Nantucket in 1942. The film flashes back to a day that then 15-year-old Herman "Hermie" Raucher (Gary Grimes) and his friends jock Oscy (Jerry Houser) and introverted nerd Benjie (Oliver Conant) spent playing on the beach. They are the self-proclaimed 'Terrible Trio'. They spot a young soldier carrying his new bride (Jennifer O'Neill) into a house on the beach and are struck by her beauty, especially Hermie, who is unable to get her out of his mind.
The summer smiles, the summer knows, And unashamed, she sheds her clothes. The summer smoothes the restless sky And lovingly she warms the sand on which we lie.
The summer knows, the summer's wise, She sees the doubts within your eyes, And so she takes her summertime, Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger,
Twist the world around her summer finger. Lets you see the wonder of it all. And if you learned your lesson well, There's little more for her to tell, One last caress, it's time to dress for fall.
The recording by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers, with Jo Stafford, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 183. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on February 22, 1945 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2. Mercer recalled that the song was ideal for his limited range for ballad singing.
The recording by Dinah Shore was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1632. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on April 5, 1945 at No. 10, its only week on the chart.
Some say that love is sweet as a rose, Some say it's honey and the bee, Well sit right down and let me tell you What my love is to me.
Candy, I call my sugar Candy Because I'm sweet on Candy And Candy's sweet on me
She understands me, My understanding Candy And Candy's always handy When I need sympathy
I wish that there were four of her So I could love much more of her She has taken my complete heart, Got a sweet tooth for my sweetheart
Candy, It's gonna be just dandy. The day I take my Candy And make her mine, all mine.
It's the song from 1964's film "Robin and the 7 Hoods". The song was nominated for an Academy award, but the Oscar went to Mary Poppins' "Chim Chim Cher-ee."
Now this could only happen to a guy like me And only happen in a town like this So may I say to each of you most gratef'lly As I throw each one of you a kiss
This is my kind of town, Chicago is My kind of town, Chicago is My kind of people, too People who smile at you
And each time I roam, Chicago is Calling me home, Chicago is Why I just grin like a clown.* (It makes me jump up and down) It's my kind of town (Every bit of it is) My kind of town, Chicago is My kind of town, Chicago is My kind of razzmatazz And it has all that jazz
And each time I leave, Chicago is Tuggin' my sleeve, Chicago is. (Grabbin' my sleeve, Chicago is) The Wrigley Building, Chicago is The Union Stockyard, Chicago is. (The Chicago Cubbies, Chicago is) One town that won't let you down It's my kind of town