Lyrics:Betty Comden ,Adolph Green Music:Jule Styne
The song was publishe 1956.
The show in question was Bells Are Ringing which opened on Broadway in 1956 and ran for a record breaking 926 performances. It starred recent Oscar winner Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday) and Sydney Chaplin. According to Thomas S. Hischak in The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia, “Just in Time” was introduced by Chaplin who “sang it in a lighthearted song and dance style in Central Park to entertain passersby. Styne’s melody is perhaps the simplest he ever wrote, being basically confined to only two notes until the release, but it became one of his most famous songs.” In addition, the show featured another hit song, “The Party’s Over,” sung by Holliday.
I was resting comfortably, face down in the gutter Life was serene, I knew where I was at "There's no hope for him," my dearest friends would mutter I was something dragged in by the cat. Then ...
Just in time I found you just in time Before you came my time Was running low I was lost The losing dice were tossed My bridges all were crossed Nowhere to go
Now you're here And now I know just where I'm going No more doubt or fear 'Cause I found my way For love came just in time You found me just in time And saved my lonely life That lovely day