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How Long Has This Been Going On?

Lyrics:Ira Gershwin
Music:George Gershwin

The song was publishe 1928.

"How Long Has This Been Going On?" was originally written as a duet
by George and Ira Gershwin for a Broadway show called Smarty.
It was a song for Adele Astaire and Jack Buchanan
on the occasion of their first kiss.
According to lyricist Ira Gershwin in his book Lyrics on Several Occasions,
the musical received a lukewarm reception at the Philadelphia preview.
Two weeks later the song was dropped from the show
and replaced by "He Loves and She Loves"
("not as good a song as the former," says Gershwin,
"but one that managed to get over.")

Thirty years later Fred Astaire starred with Audrey Hepburn
in a film version of Funny Face in which "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
is sung by Hepburn and also appears as an instrumental.
In the Broadway show brother and sister each fall in love
with someone quite different from themselves.
But in the movie Astaire is a fashion photographer
who discovers a bookish waif whom he turns into a top model,
and they fall in love despite an apparent age difference.


Funny Face


Neath the stars, at bazaars
Often I've had to caress men
Five or ten, dollars then, I'd collect from all those yes-men
Don't be sad, I must add, that they meant no more than chess-men

Darling, can't you see?
'Twas for charity?
Though these lips have made slips, it was never really serious
Who'd have thought, I'd be brought to a state that's so delirious?

I could cry salty tears
Where have I been all these years?
Little wow, tell me now
How long has this been goin' on?

There were chills up my spine
And some thrills I can't define
Listen sweet, I repeat
How long has this been goin' on?

Oh, I feel that I could melt
Into heaven I'm hurled
I know how Columbus felt
Finding another world

Kiss me once, then once more
What a dunce I was before
What a break, for heaven's sake
How long has this been goin' on?

Kiss me twice, kiss me twice then once more
That makes thrice, let's make it four
What a break, for Heaven's sake
How long has this been goin' on?




Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson


Sarah Vaughan(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Sarah Vaughan


Julie London(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Julie London


Diane Schuur(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Diane Schuur


Karrin Allyson(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Karrin Allyson








Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson





Sarah Vaughan





Julie London





Diane Schuur





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





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