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Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Believe in You

By Frank Loesser
1961

Based on the 1952 book of the same, the Broadway smash How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying produced this hit song. It was originally sung in the stage production by the leading man, Robert Morse, but in the film version six years later, it was given to the leading lady, Michele Lee. The show won seven Tony Awards, plus the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It was revived in 1995.

Lyrics:

Now there you are;
Yes, there's that face,
That face that somehow I trust.
It may embarrass you to hear me say it,
But say it I must, say it I must:

You have the cool, clear
Eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth;
Yet there's that upturned chin
And that grin of impetuous youth.
Oh, I believe in you.
I believe in you.

I hear the sound of
Good, solid judgment whenever you talk;
Yet there's the bold, brave spring
Of the tiger that quickens your walk.
Oh, I believe in you.
I believe in you.

And when my faith in my fellow man
All but falls apart,
I've but to feel your hand grasping mine
And I take heart; I take heart

To see the cool, clear
Eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth;
Yet, with the slam-bang tang
Reminiscent of gin and vermouth.
Oh, I believe in you.
I believe in you.

Recorded By:

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie
Bobby Darin
Sarah Vaughan
Bill Evans
Dusty Springfield

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