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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This Can't Be Love

By Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

A fine example of the sophisticated wit and melodic gift of the Rodgers/Hart team, this song was introduced on stage by Eddie Albert and Marcy Westcott in the musical The Boys from Syracuse. Bandleaders Eddy Duchin and Benny Goodman had hits with it right after. Hart's typically clever lyric pokes fun at the traditional depictions of love in pop ballads.


This can't be love, because I feel so well.
No sobs, no sorrows, no sighs.
This can't be love, I get no dizzy spells.
My head is not in the skies.

My heart does not stand still,
Just to repeat,
This is too sweet to be love.
This can't be love because I feel so well,
Yet I long to look into your eyes.

Recorded By:

Ella Fitzgerald
Nat King Cole
Diana Krall
George Shearing
Stacey Kent


keithoe said...

I always liked this song. One of the less acerbic lyrics from Lorenz Hart. As always, Richard Rogers with a wonderful melody.


B-Sol said...

A very sweet song, indeed.

emma wallace said...

I do love this one! It's often in my head.

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