The song was written for the musical film, Swing Time, where it was co-introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Astaire had a major record hit on Brunswick records. However, it was made most famous by Billie Holiday's recording, also done in 1936.
In Hollywood, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald recorded their version of the song in the summer of 1957. In 1963, Fitzgerald included a solo rendition on her Verve Records album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook, produced by Norman Granz.
A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend this is We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes
A fine romance, you won't nestle A fine romance, you won't even wrestle I might as well play bridge with my old maid aunt I haven't got a chance This is a fine romance
A fine romance, my good fellow You take romance, I'll take jello You're calmer than the seals in the Arctic Ocean At least they flap their fins to express emotion
A fine romance with no quarrels With no insults and all morals I've never mussed the crease in your blue serge pants I never get the chance This is a fine romance
(* Sinatra's 2nd chorus) A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend this is We two should be like clams in the dish of chowder But we just fizz like parts of settless powder
A fine romance with no clinches A fine romance with no flinches You're just as hard to land as the Ile de France I haven't got a chance. This is a fine romance