The song was debuted in the Broadway show Revenge with Music. The show originally opened on November 28, 1934, ran for 22 performances, after which it closed. It then reopened on December 24, 1934, and ran for an additional 135 performances. Authors Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin, in their book Song by Song: 14 Great Lyric Writers, say that “...the musical yielded two enduring hits and a profit although it was an artistic failure.” The song has since become an enduring jazz standard.
You and the night and the music Fill me with flaming desire, Setting my being completely on fire!
You and the night and the music Thrill me but will we be one After the night and the music are done?
Until the pale light of dawning and daylight, Hearts will be throbbing guitars, Morning may come without warning, And take away the stars.
If we must live for the moment, Love till the moment is through! After the night and the music die, Will I have you?