Songs O

INDEX OF SONGS & LYRICS “O”
On the Sentimental Side 2 versions
On The Sunny Side of The Street
One for My Baby, And One More for the Road
One Never Knows, Does One?
One, Two, Button Your Shoe
Our Love Is Different
Our Love Is Here to Stay

188. On The Sentimental Side (1928)

lyrics by Johnny Burke

music by James V. Monaco

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1938 MT 80 Complete on Columbia v.4 10 3’03”

If you wonder why I’m near you
Even though I’ve been denied
I’m inclined to be a little
On the sentimental side

I suppose I should forget you
If I had an ounce of pride
But I guess I can’t help being
On the sentimental side

I should act gay
Laugh it off and say farewell
Say it just didn’t wear well
But I’m not that way

I’m in hopes you’ll think it over
And perhaps be satisfied
With a simple sort of person
On the sentimental side

(bridge)

I should act gay
Laugh it off and say farewell
Say it just didn’t wear well
But I’m not that way

I’m in hopes you’ll think it over
And perhaps be satisfied
With a simple sort of person
On the sentimental side

 

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1938 AT 80a Complete on Columbia v.8 11 3’06”

If you wonder why I’m near you
Even though I’ve been denied
I’m inclined to be a little
On the sentimental side

I suppose I should forget you
If I had an ounce of pride
But I guess I can’t help being
On the sentimental side

I should act gay
Laugh it off and say farewell
Say it just didn’t wear well
But I’m not that way

I’m in hopes you’ll think it over
And perhaps be satisfied
With a simple sort of person
On the sentimental side

(bridge)

I should act gay
Laugh it off and say farewell
Say it just didn’t wear well
But I’m not that way

I’m in hopes you’ll think it over
And perhaps be satisfied
With a simple sort of person
On the sentimental side

Notes

NC

 


189. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (1930)

lyrics by Dorothy Fields

music by Jimmy McHugh

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1944 MT 172 Complete Commodore v.2 20 3’01”

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worry on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street

Can’t you hear a pitter-pat
And that happy tune is your step
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade
But now I’m not afraid
This rover crossed over

If I’d never have a cent
I’d be rich as Rockefeller
Going to set my feet
On the sunny side of the street

(bridge)

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worry on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street

Can’t you hear a pitter-pat
And that happy tune is your step
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade
But now I’m not afraid
This rover crossed over
If I’d never have a cent
I’d be rich as Rockefeller
With gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street

Notes

It was introduced in the Broadway musical Lew Leslie’s International Revue, starring Harry Richman and Gertrude Lawrence, having become a jazz standard.


190. One for My Baby

(And One More For The Road) (1943)

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1957 MT 302 Complete on Verve v.9 16 5’39”

It’s quarter to three
There’s no one in the place except you and me
So set ’em up Joe
I’ve got a little story you ought to know

We’re drinking my friend
To the end of a brief episode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

I got the routine
So drop another nickel in the machine
I’m feeling so bad
I wish you’d make the music dreamy and sad

Could tell you a lot
But you’ve got to be true to your code
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

You’d never know it
But buddy I’m kind of a poet
And I’ve got a lot of things to say
And when I’m gloomy
You simply gotta listen to me
Until it’s talked away

Well that’s how it goes
And Joe I know you’re getting anxious to close
So thanks for the cheer
I hope you didn’t mind my bending your ear

This torch that I found
Must be drowned or it soon might explode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

You’d never know it
But buddy I’m kind of a poet
And I’ve got a lot of things to say
And when I’m gloomy
You simply gotta listen to me
Until it’s talked away

Well that’s how it goes
And Joe I know you’re getting anxious to close
So thanks for the cheer
I hope you didn’t mind my bending your ear

This torch that I found
Must be drowned or it soon might explode
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road
That long, long road

Notes

[Joe Style’s comments on the observation I made about this song in the ‘1957 sessions chapter’ ]:

“Dear Paulo,
I thought your observation on the (in my opinion, probable) influence of Holiday’s version of “One for My Baby” on Frank Sinatra’s later versions to be quite astute.  Sinatra recorded two version of “One for My Baby” before 1957: one in 1947, with an orchestration by Axel Stordahl, and a second in 1954, for the movie “Young at Heart.”  Both version are clunky and rather woodenly ill-fitted, as if the various musical phrases didn’t quite fit together–neither a unified aim nor a coherent development is present in either version.   Holiday’s version was released in the autumn of 1957, on the original 8-track version of “Songs for Distingue Lovers.”  By April of 1958, Sinatra’s next version of “One for My Baby” has completely changed, becoming coherent and emotionally resonant–and then, of course, he recorded this same super-charged version for “Only the Lonely” later that year.  And–not, I think, coincidently–1958 was also the year Sinatra was quote as saying that Holiday was the single greatest influence on American popular singing for the previous twenty years.”

Thank you Joe for your comments.

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This is a popular song written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the movie musical C (1943) and first performed in the film by Fred Astaire. It was popularized by Frank Sinatra. (Wikipedia)

The_Sky's_the_Limit Youtube Logo Fred Astaire (The Sky’s The Limit)


191. One Never Knows, Does One?

Mack Gordon & Harry Revel

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1937 MT 37 Complete on Columbia v.2 12 3’02”

One never knows, does one?
When love will come along
Then so suddenly life turns out to be a song
Uuh Uuhm

One never knows, does one?
The moment or the place
Then right before your eyes
Someone occupies your embrace

Someday look and you’ll find
Two hearts were blessed
Someday fate may be kind
Pray for the future
Hope for the best
One never knows does one?

That’s just the way it goes
All at once you hear
Hold me, caress me
And then love may come
But when one never knows

(short bridge)

Someday look and you’ll find
Two hearts were blessed
Someday fate may be kind
Pray for the future
Hope for the best
One never knows does one?

That’s just the way it goes
All at once you hear
Hold me, caress me
And then love may come
But when one never knows
Does one?

Notes

NC

 


192. One, Two, Button Your Shoe (1936)

lyrics by Johnny Burke

music by Charles Tobias & Paul Rusinsky

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1936 MT 28 Complete on Columbia v.2 3 2’47”

Cozy Cole: [Come on fellas, one, two…]

BH: [Well, what are you tryin’ to do? Get on back to the drums, I’ll start this band! One, two…]

 

One two
One two button your shoe
Put on your coat and hat
I’ll play a game like that
While I’m waiting for you

Three four open the door
Hurry for heaven’s sake
I count each step you take
While I’m waiting for you

Five six my heart does tricks
As I picture of your charms
Seven eight you’re at the gate
And you walk into my arms

Nine ten kiss me again
Tell me you get a thrill
Just as I hope you will
While I’m waiting for you

 

(bridge)

Five six my heart does tricks
As I picture of your charms
Seven eight you’re at the gate
And you walk into my arms

Nine ten kiss me again
Tell me you get a thrill
Just as I hope you will
While I’m waiting for you

 

Notes

Diarmuid O’Hanlon from Dublin was kind enough to share his expertise in revising this lyrics. Many Thanks. (May 2014)

 


193. Our Love Is Different

Billie Holiday & R. Conway & B. Alba & Sonny White

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1939 MT 122 Complete in Columbia v.6 2 3’13”

Our love is different dear
It’s like a mighty symphony
I can feel it’s soothin’ harmony
Oh so tenderly day by day

Our love is different dear
To me it’s almost heavenly
Let us guard it ever preciously
Even jealously
While we may

A love like ours dear heart
The angels send
And so I know dear heart
That it won’t ever end

For as the years roll by
You’ll learn my love for you is true
And I’m sure I’ll learn the same from you
For our love is different dear

(bridge)

A love like ours dear heart
The angels send
And so I know dear heart
That is won’t ever end

For as the years roll by
You’ll learn my love for you is true
And I’m sure I’ll learn the same from you
For our love is different dear

 

Notes

I appreciated the comments and corrections my friend Diarmuid O’Hanlon from Dublin sent to me on the above lyrics. Many thanks! (May 2014)

 


194. Our Love Is Here To Stay (1937)

lyrics by Ira Gershwin
music by George Gershwin

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1957 MT 301 Complete on Verve v.9 13 3’42”

It’s very clear
Our love is here to stay
Not for a year
But ever and a day

The radio and the telephone
And the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies
And in time may go

But, oh my dear
Our love is here to stay
Together we’re
Going a long, long way

In time the Rockies may crumble,
Gibraltar may tumble
They’re only made of clay
But our love is here to stay

(bridge)

It’s very clear
Our love is here to stay
Not for a year
But ever and a day

The radio and the telephone
And the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies
And in time may go

But, oh my dear
Our love is here to stay
Together we’re
Going a long, long, long, long way

In time the Rockies may crumble
Gibraltar may tumble
They’re only made of clay
But, our love is here to stay

Notes

The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938) which was released shortly after George Gershwin’s death. It is performed in the film by Kenny Baker. “Love Is Here to Stay” also appeared, perhaps most memorably, in the 1951 MGM picture An American in Paris, for which it served as the main theme. (wikipedia)

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