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Monday, July 21, 2008

Cheek to Cheek

By Irving Berlin
1935


This iconic ballad was written specifically for Fred Astaire to perform on screen in the classic musical Top Hat. Astaire also recorded it later that year with the Leo Reisman Orchestra, and the record became a number-one hit. One of the most well-known standards to this day, it has been featured in films such as Rain Man (1987), The English Patient (1996), and The Green Mile (1999). The longest song Berlin ever wrote, it's four-part construction makes it very unique. There have been nearly 80 major recordings of it to date.

Lyrics:

Heaven, I'm in Heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And the cares that hang around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

Oh! I love to climb a mountain and to reach the highest peak
But it doesn't thrill me half as much as dancing cheek to cheek
Oh! I love to go out fishing in a river or a creek
But I don't enjoy it half as much as dancing cheek to cheek

Dance with me
I want my arm about you
The charm about you
Will carry me through to

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

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