The song was featured in the Paramount film Romance in the Dark, which was released in 1938 starring John Barrymore and John Boles. In the film, it was performed by the lead actress Gladys Swarthout of Metropolitan Opera fame. However, some debate this origination.
The biggest selling 1938 version was recorded by the Glenn Miller orchestra, with a vocal by Ray Eberle. This recording first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 20, 1940.
Why do I just wither and forget all resistance When you and your magic pass by My heart's in a dither dear When you're at a distance But when you are near, oh my...
It's not the pale moon that excites me That thrills and delights me, oh no It's just the nearness of you
It isn't your sweet conversation That brings this sensation, oh no It's just the nearness of you
When you're in my arms And I feel you so close to me All my wildest dreams come true
I need no soft lights to enchant me If you'll only grant me the right To hold you ever so tight And to feel in the night The nearness of you