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Speak Low

Lyrics:Ogden Nash
Music:Kurt Weill

The song was publishe 1943.

The song was written for the Broadway musical
"One Touch of Venus" (1934).

It was introduced by Mary Martin and Kenny Baker
in the Broadway musical One Touch of Venus (1943).
The 1944 hit single was by Guy Lombardo and his orchestra,
with vocal by Billy Leach.
Barbra Streisand recorded a David Foster arrangement of
"Speak Low" for her album Back to Broadway (1993).

The tune is a jazz standard that has been widely recorded,
both by vocal artists from Billie Holiday and Tony Bennett to The Miracles
and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and such instrumentalists as Bill Evans,
Sonny Clark with John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, Woody Shaw,
and Brian Bromberg.
Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass recorded this in 1983 (on CD Speak Love).
Al Caiola's 1961 version reached #105 on Cashbox magazine's
"Looking Ahead" survey.

One Touch of Venus

Speak low, when you speak, love
Our summer day withers away
Too soon, too soon
Speak low, when you speak, love
Our moment is swift, like ships adrift,
We're swept apart too soon

Speak low, darling, speak low
Love is a spark, lost in the dark
Too soon, too soon
I feel wherever I go that tomorrow is near,
Tomorrow is here and always too soon

Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief

We're late, darling, we're late
The curtain descends, ev'rything ends
Too soon, too soon
I wait, darling, I wait
Will you speak low to me,
Speak love to me and soon

Sarah Vaughan(Speak Low)
Sarah Vaughan

Peggy Lee(Speak Low)
Peggy Lee

Tony Bennett & Norah Jones(Speak Low)
Tony Bennett & Norah Jones

Barbra Streisand(Speak Low)
Barbra Streisand

Billie Holiday(Speak Low)
Billie Holiday

Sarah Vaughan

Peggy Lee

Tony Bennett & Norah Jones

Barbra Streisand

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra

Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass

Andy Williams

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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