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Sunday, September 27, 2009

I Concentrate on You

By Cole Porter
1940

A Porter tune that is typically dripping with class and sophistication. This quiet and moving ballad was written for the film Broadway Melody of 1940, in which it was introduced by Douglas McPhail. This same show featured such other Porter classics as "Begin the Beguine".

Lyrics:

Whenever skies look gray to me,
And trouble begins to brew,
Whenever the winter winds become too strong,
I concentrate on you.

When fortune cries nay, nay to me,
And people declare you're through,
Whenever the blues become my only songs,
I concentrate on you.

On your smile, so sweet, so tender,
When at first my kiss you do decline,
On the light in your eyes when you surrender,
And once again our arms intertwine.

And so, when wise men say to me
That loves young dream never comes true,
To prove that even the wise men can be wrong,
I concentrate on you.

Recorded By:

Ella Fitzgerald
Frank Sinatra
Fred Astaire
Patricia Barber
Lena Horne

3 comments:

emma wallace said...

I adore this song! The melody is so unique and the lyrics are clever (as Cole Porter's lyrics inevitably are).

miriamt said...

Wise men can be wrong! Love this song!! Especially sung by F. Sinatra.

B-Sol said...

I especially love the version Sinatra did with Antonio Carlos Jobim. Great arrangement by Claus Ogerman, who recently worked with Diana Krall on an album!

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