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Thursday, April 23, 2009

All of Me

By Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons
1931

Haven't been able to post much lately, so to make up for it today, I'm bouncing back with a biggie--one of the most recorded standards of all time, in fact. Billie Holiday's iconic version is probably the most well-known, although it was originally recorded by Belle Baker. Usually performed in a swing tempo, the classic tune has endured the ages, being revived in the 1950s by Johnnie Ray, and even getting a punk treatment by NOFX.

Lyrics:

All of me--
Why not take all of me?
Can't you see
I'm no good without you?

Take my lips,
I wanna lose them.
Take these arms,
I'll never use them.

Your goodbye
Left me with eyes that cry.
How can I
Go on, dear, without you?

You took the part
That once was my heart,
So why not
Take all of me?

Recorded By:

Louis Armstrong
Paul Whiteman
Frank Sinatra
Django Reinhardt
Willy Nelson

3 comments:

St said...

It's one of my all time favorite's song.

emma wallace said...

The first song I learned in jazz! I love it. I had a roommate in summer camp who listened to the song daily.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I didn't know that NOFX did a cover.

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