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Thursday, August 14, 2008

I Only Have Eyes for You

By Harry Warren & Al Dubin
1933

The film musical Dames is mainly known for introducing this sweet ballad, as sung by the incomparable Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. It would also be made into a #2 single the same year by bandleader Ben Selvin. But the 1959 doo-wop version by The Flamingos is the one best remembered today. It was included at #157 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (shouldn't that have been "Greatest Records"?).

Lyrics:

My love must be a kind of blind love.
I can't see anyone but you.

Are the stars out tonight?
I don't know if it's cloudy or bright.
I only have eyes for you, dear.

The moon may be high,
But I can't see a thing in the sky.
I only have eyes for you.

I don't know if we're in a garden,
Or on a crowded avenue.
You are here, and so am I.
Maybe millions of people go by,
But they all dissappear from view,
And I only have eyes for you.

Recorded By:

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie
Art Garfunkel
The Lettermen
Peggy Lee
Ella Fitzgerald

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