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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Me, Myself and I

By Irving Gordon, Allan Roberts & Alvin S. Kaufman
1937

Like Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday had the privilege of introducing a great many standards, and this is one of the most charming. It was written by former song parodist Gordon, with lyrics by Roberts and Kaufman, his collaborators at Mills Music, then the largest independent song publisher in the world. Gordon was also responsible for Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable".

Lyrics:

Me, myself and I
Are only loving you.

We all think you’re wonderful, we do.

Me, myself and I
Have just one point of view:
We’re convinced there’s no one else like you.

It can’t be denied dear,
You brought the sun to us,
We’d be satisfied dear,
If you belonged to one of us.

So if you pass me by,
Three hearts will break in two,
‘Cause me, myself and I

Are all in love with you.

Recorded By:

Billie Holiday
Benny Goodman
Tony Bennett
Lester Young
Bob Howard

4 comments:

Trombonology said...

Never expected to encounter this one here. Not that it's not worthy! Very clever lyrics and fetching melody ... and, of course, no one topped Billie's version.

B-Sol said...

Hey, if I can include "Smile Darn Ya, Smile", why not this?

Howard said...

I'm 99% sure there's a Fats Waller recording of this as well.

Just wanted to let you know that there are readers of Vault of Horror who are also into obscure standards (is that an oxymoron)? Anyway, just to prove my bona fides, here's the chord changes. In the key of C:

||: C | C | D7 | D7 |
| G7 | G7 | C | C :||
|| E7 | E7 | A7 | A7 |
| D7 | D7 | G7 | G7 ||
|| C | C | D7 | D7 |
| G7 | G7 | C | C ||

B-Sol said...

Very impressive! I'm pretty sure Fats recorded it, too. If not, he should have!

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