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Sunday, February 1, 2009

That's All

By Alan Brandt & Bob Haymes
1952

A warm expression of love in humble, yet colorful terms, this song is a favorite particularly of jazz singers. Although Nat Cole introduced it in 1953, it was Bobby Darin's 1959 recording that became a big hit, and Darin's first stab at the American Songbook. The lyricist Bob Haymes was the younger brother of vocalist Dick Haymes.

Lyrics:

I can only give you love that lasts forever,
And a promise to be near each time you call.
And the only heart I own,
For you and you alone,
That's all,
That's all...

I can only give you country walks in springtime,
And a hand to hold when leaves begin to fall;
And a love whose burning light
Will warm the winter's night.
That's all,
That's all.

There are those, I am sure, who have told you,
They would give you the world for a toy.
All I have are these arms to enfold you,
And a love time can never destroy.

If you're wondering what I'm asking in return, dear,
You'll be glad to know that my demands are small.
Say it's me that you'll adore,
For now and evermore.
That's all,
That's all.

Recorded By:

Michael Buble
Mel Torme
Sam Cooke
Dorothy Dandridge
Connie Francis

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