Lyrics:John La Touche ,Ted Fetter Music:Vernon Duke
The song was publishe 1940.
It was introduced in the 1940 show Cabin in the Sky, a ground-breaking Broadway musical with an all black cast, where it was performed by Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson. A feature film version Cabin in the Sky, starring Waters and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, was released in 1943 and featured the song. A Benny Goodman cover featuring Helen Forrest reached #1 in 1943.
Here I go again, I hear those trumpets blow again. All aglow again , takin' a chance on love. Here I slide again, about to take that ride again. Starry-eyed again, takin' a chance on love.
I thought that cards were a frame-up, I never would try. Now I'm taking that game up and the ace of hearts is high. Things are mending now, I see a rainbow blending now. We'll have a happy ending now, takin' a chance on love.
Here I slip again, about to take that trip again. I got that grip again, takin' a chance on love. Now I prove again that I can make life move again. Um - I'm in the groove again, takin' a chance on love.
I walk around with a horse shoe, in clover I lie. And brother rabbit of course you better kiss your ... foot good-bye. On that ball again I'm ridin' for a fall again. I'm gonna give my all again takin' a chance on love.