Lyrics ,Music:Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, James Sherman
The song was publishe 1941.
It is particularly associated with Billie Holiday, for whom it was written, and her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989. Holiday's version reached #5 on the R&B chart and #16 on pop in 1945. In July 1946, Charlie Parker recorded a rendition of "Lover Man", considered by many to be one of his most passionate recordings, during which he was severely intoxicated. Dial Records producer Ross Russell had to hold Parker up to the microphone during the recording. Barbra Streisand recorded "Lover Man" for her 1967 album, Simply Streisand, with an arrangement by David Shire. She also sang the song live during her 1994 concert tour.
I don't know why but I'm feeling so sad I long to try something I never had Never had no kissin' Oh, what I've been missin' Lover man, oh, where can you be?
The night is cold and I'm so alone I'd give my soul just to call you my own Got a moon above me But no one to love me Lover man, oh, where can you be?
I've heard it's said That the thrill of romance Can be like a heavenly dream
I go to bed with a prayer That you'll make love to me Strange as it seems
Someday we'll meet And you'll dry all my tears Then whisper sweet Little things in my ears Hugging and a-kissing Oh, what I've been missing Lover man, oh, where can you be?