Lyrics:Irving Gordon ,Irving Mills Music:Duke Ellington
The song was publishe 1938.
On August 9, 1938, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, featuring Johnny Hodges, recorded "Prelude to a Kiss" for the Brunswick label. A second version was recorded fifteen days later for the Vocalion label. This time it was by Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra with vocalist Mary McHugh.
If you hear a song in blue Like a flower crying for the dew That was my heart serenading you My prelude to a kiss
If you hear a song that grows From my tender sentimental woes That was my heart trying to compose A prelude to a kiss
Though it's just a simple melody With nothing fancy, nothing much You could turn it to a symphony A Schubert tune with a Gershwin touch
Oh how my love song gently cries For the tenderness within your eyes My love is a prelude that never dies A prelude to a kiss