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I Concentrate on You

Lyrics ,Music:Cole Porter

The song was publishe 1939.

The film Broadway Melody of 1940 introduced “I Concentrate on You”
which was sung by Douglas McPhail.
In his book The Song Is Ended: Songwriters and American Music,
1900-1950, William G. Hyland says,
“[The song] had an exotic flavor and in the film was used as a ballet
for Eleanor Powell, dancing on a darkened stage with only a spotlight on her,
while the melody was sung by a masked harlequin;
then she is joined by Fred Astaire for the remainder of the number.”

The film also featured George Murphy as Astaire’s dancing partner who,
through a mix-up, gets the role of Powell’s dancing partner.
The thin plot is simply an excuse for a musical extravaganza,
and in true Hollywood fashion, Astaire and Powell end up together
as partners in dance and in love.
Astaire and Powell are also featured in a memorable
dance to another Porter tune, “Begin the Beguine.”

Broadway Melody of 1940

Whenever skies look gray to me and trouble begins to brew
Whenever the winter winds become too strong
I concentrate on you

When fortune cries "Nay, nay" to me
And people declare "You're through"
Whenever the blues become my only songs
I concentrate on you

On your smile, so sweet, so tender
When at first my kiss you do decline
On the light in your eyes when you surrender
And once again our arms intertwine

And so when wise men say to me
That love's young dream never comes true
To prove that even the wise men can be wrong
I concentrate on you

Fred Astaire(I Concentrate on You)
Fred Astaire

Frank Sinatra(I Concentrate on You)
Frank Sinatra

Dinah Washington(I Concentrate on You)
Dinah Washington

Rosemary Clooney(I Concentrate on You)
Rosemary Clooney

Sophie Milman(I Concentrate on You)
Sophie Milman

Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire

Frank Sinatra

Dinah Washington

Sophie Milman

Carmen McRae

Dianne Reeves

Stacey Kent

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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