Frank Sinatra's 1939 recording of the song became a huge hit in 1943, when it was reissued by Columbia Records during the 1942-43 musicians' strike. The record peaked in the Billboard top two.
In a 1944 interview, Sinatra said of the delayed success of the song, "That was the song, a few days after Harry James and myself recorded it, that gave us our walking papers out of the old Victor Hugo Cafe (a major entertainment venue of the 1930s) on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
All or nothin' at all Half a love never appealed to me If your heart never could yield to me Then I'd rather have nothin' at all
All or nothin' at all If it's love, there is no in-between Why begin then cry for somethin' that might have been No I'd rather have nothin' at all
Oh, please don't bring your lips so close to my cheek Don't smile or I'll be lost beyond recall The kiss in your eyes, the touch of your hand makes me weak And my heart may grow dizzy and fall
And if I fell under the spell of your call I would be caught in the undertow And so you see, I've got to say no, no All or nothin' at all