It was written for their musical Music in the Air (1932) and sung in that show by Tullio Carminati. In later years the song became often associated with Frank Sinatra.
"The Song Is You" is the recurring musical theme of the 2003 Guy Maddin film The Saddest Music in the World. Nine different versions of the song were arranged for the film by composer Christopher Dedrick, whose work received a Genie Award.
I hear music when I look at you, A beautiful theme of every dream I ever knew. Down deep in my heart I hear it play; I feel it start, then melt away.
I hear music when I touch your hand; A beautiful melody from some enchanted land. Down deep in my heart, I hear it say, Is this the day?
I alone have heard this lovely strain, I alone have heard this glad refrain: Must it be forever inside of me? Why can't I let it go? Why can't I let you know,
Why can't I let you know the song my heart would sing? That beautiful rhapsody of love and youth and spring, The music is sweet, the words are true The song is you.
Anita O'Day (vocal) Joe Masters (piano) Larry Woods (bass) John Poole (drums)
Greta Matassa (vocals) Darin Clendenin (piano) Clipper Anderson (bass) Steve Bornes (drums)
Vo:Wendy Kimball As:Chuck Wilson, Mike Migliore Ts:Frank Wess, Ted Nash Bs:Sol Schlinger Tp:Glenn Drewes, Randy Sandke, Spanky Davis, Bob Millikan Tb:Joel Helleny, Eddie Bert, Paul Faulise P:Marty Napoleon B:Murray Wall Ds:Butch Miles
"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air. You can never capture it again. "