Songs W-X

INDEX OF SONGS & LYRICS “W-X”
Weep No More
We’ll Be Together Again
What A Little Moonlight Can Do 9 versions
What A Nigth, What a Moon, What a Girl
What Is This Going to Get Us?
What Is This Thing Called Love
What Shall I Say?
What’s New?
When a Woman Loves a Man
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
When You Are Away, Dear
When Your Lover Has Gone 6 versions
When You’re Smiling 2 versions
Where Is the Sun?
Wherever You Are 2 versions
Who Loves You? 2 versions
Who Wants Love?
Why Did I Always Depend on You?
Why Was I Born?
Willow Weep For Me 9 versions
With Thee I Swing
Without Your Love 2 versions

 

261. Weep No More

Music by Gordon Jenkins

Lyrics by Tom Adair

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1948 MT 196 Complete on Decca v.2 4 3’19”

(with The Stardusters choir)

I’m just about fed up
I’ve finally had my fill
Of sitting ’round and crying in my beer
I’ve drunk the bitter cup
I’ve downed the bitter pill
While waiting for the silver lining to appear

I’m going to stack my blues up
On the very highest shelf
I’m going to pack my blues up
And get wise to myself

(Weep no more, my baby)
(Weep no more, my baby)

Weep no more
I’m going to weep no more
I’m putting an end to this lonesome game
(It’s such a lonesome game this crying)

Cry no tears,
I’m going to cry no tears
Each time that I happen to hear his name
(I hear his name)
I’m going out on the town
This hopeless torch I will drown
‘Cause I’m tired of running around
(Running around)
With just a memory

Weep no more,
I’m going to weep no more
‘Til somebody weeps
(Until somebody weeps)
For me
(I’m going to stack my blues up
on the very highest shell)

(I’m going to pack my blues up
and get wise to myself)

Weep no more,
I’m going to weep no more
‘Til somebody weeps
For me
(Weep no more)

Notes

NC

 


262. We’ll Be Together Again (1945)

Lyrics by Frankie Laine
Music by Carl Fischer

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1956 MT 285 Complete on Verve v.7 13 4’24”

No tears, no fears
Remember there’s always tomorrow
So what if we have to part
We’ll be together again

Your kiss, your smile
Are memories I’ll treasure forever
So try thinking with your heart
We’ll be together again

Times when I know you’ll be lonesome
Times when I know you’ll be sad
Don’t let temptation surround you
Don’t let the blues make you bad

Some day, some way
We both have a lifetime before us
For parting is not good-bye
We’ll be together again

(bridge)

Times when I know you’ll be lonesome
Times when I know you’ll be sad
Don’t let temptation surround you
Don’t let the blues make you bad

Some day, some way
We both have a lifetime before us
For parting is not good-bye
We’ll be together again

Notes

Fischer was Laine’s pianist and musical director when he composed the tune, and Laine was asked to write a lyric for it. The Pied Pipers were the first to release the song, and as well as Laine. (Wikipedia)

 


263. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (1934)

lyrics and music by Harry Woods

follows 9 versions of this songs

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1935 MT 4 Complete on Columbia v.1 4 2’59”

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peepin’ through
He’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 LR 108 Perfect Complete Collection v.6 3 2’36”

(BH introduces the song:
“And now, an old song I had the pleasure of recording with Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Ted Wilson: What a Little Moonlight”)

Note: she was referring to 1935’s MT #4, register above.

 

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(applauses)

(Thanks from the Bruxelles’ MC)

 

3rd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 LR 117 Perfect Complete Collection v.7 8 2’30”

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(applauses)

 

4th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 LR 123 Complete on Verve v.2 21 2’56”

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(applauses)

 

5th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 MT 241 Complete on Verve v.3 3 3’10”

Ooh,
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(bridge)

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

 

6th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1956 LR 175 Complete on Verve v.8 18 2’49”

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(long applauses)

 

7th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1957 LR 185 Complete on Verve v.10 9 2’54”

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
And all you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(applauses)

 

8th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 199 Perfect Complete Collection v.12 1 2’27”

(…)
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
And all you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Right now

 

9th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 215 Private Recording 3’20”

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peeping through
You’ll get bold
Can’t resist him
And all you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do

(applauses)
Fanfare Oh, lady be good

 

Notes

In 1934, Woods moved to London for three years where he worked for the British film studio Gaumont British, contributing material to several films, one of which was Road House (1934). The song was sung in the film by Violet Lorraine and included an introductory verse, not heard in the version later recorded by Billie Holiday, accompanied by Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, on July 2, 1935. Peggy Lee covered it with a Nelson Riddle arrangement on her 1959 album Jump for Joy. (WIKIPEDIA)

I definitely don’t like this song, and there are 9 versions of it… But, from one of them in 1958 (LR 199) we also have the video, taken in the TV show “Art Ford’s Jazz Party” (N/A) Youtube Logo

 


264. What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl

John Jacob Loeb

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1935 MT 7 Complete on Columbia v.1 7 2’57”

What a night
What a moon
What a boy
What a moon
What a night
What a boy
Those white clouds hang in the air
Like toy balloons
Say they just hang in the air
That’s made for honeymoons
What a hug
What a kiss
What a boy
What a game Oh, what bliss
What a boy
Is it a wonder
My heart is full of joy
What a night
What a moon
What a boy

Notes

I thank Jerry Meyer from NY for his accurate text revision.

 


265. What Is This Going To Get Us?

Irene Wilson & Arthur Herzog Jr.

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1940 MT 131 Complete in Columbia v.6 11 2’39”

What is this going to get us
Where are we headin’ in
When do we start to live dear
When do we really begin

What is this going to get us
Hanging around till four
Saying goodnight at daybreak
Kissing goodbye in the doorway

We can go on the way we’ve gone
I’m at the end of my rope
I can’t live on love I’ve so much of
And I can’t keep livin’ on hope

What is this going to get us
Only an aching heart
When is this going to get us
Together never to part

(bridge)

We can go on the way we’ve gone
I’m at the end of my rope
Gee I can’t live on love I’ve so much of
And I can’t keep livin’ on hope

What is this going to get us
Only an aching heart
When is this going to get us
Together never to part

 

Notes

NC

 


266. What Is This Thing Called Love? (1929)

lyrics and music by Cole Porter

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1945 MT 183 Complete on Decca v.1 10 3’04”

What is this thing called love?
This funny thing called love
Just who can solve its mystery
Why should it make a fool of me

I saw you there one wonderful day
You took my heart and threw it away
That’s why I ask the Lord in heaven above
What is this thing called love?

(bridge)

I saw you there one wonderful day
You took my heart and threw it away
That’s why I ask the Lord in heaven above
What is this thing called love?

Notes

What Is This Thing Called Love?” is a 1929 popular song written by Cole Porter, for the musical Wake Up and Dream. It was first performed by Elsie Carlisle in March 1929. The song has become a popular jazz standard and one of Porter’s most often played compositions. (Wikipedia)

Wake_Up_and_Dream

 


267. What Shall I Say?

Peter Tinturin

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1939 MT 108 Complete on Columbia v.5 13 3’06”

What shall I say
When our neighbors want us to come to tea?
They don’t know you’re not with me
What shall I say?

What shall I say
When the phone rings and someone asks for you
They don’t know I ask for you too
What shall I say?

How can I hide the tears inside
How can I face the crowd?
I can make lips of mine be still
But my heart sighs too loud

I could explain that
You’re gone for only a week to shop
But after the week is up
What shall I say?

 

Notes

NC

 


268. What’s New? (1939)

lyrics by Johnny Burke

music by Bob Haggart

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1955 MT 267 Complete on Verve v.5 19 4’16”

What’s new?
How is the world treating you?
You haven’t changed a bit
Lovely as ever I must admit

What’s new?
How did that romance come through?
We haven’t met since then
Gee, but it’s nice to see you again

What’s new?
Probably I’m boring you
But seeing you is grand
And you were sweet to offer your hand

I understand.
Adieu!
Pardon my asking what’s new
Of course you couldn’t know
I haven’t changed I still love you so

(bridge)

What’s new?
Probably I’m boring you
But seeing you is grand
And you were sweet to offer your hand

I understand.
Adieu!
Pardon my asking what’s new
Of course you couldn’t know
I haven’t changed I still love you so
Still love you so
What’s new?

Notes

It was originally an instrumental tune titled “I’m Free” by Haggart in 1938. The following year, the music publishers hired Johnny Burke to write lyrics for the tune. Burke’s telling of the torch song is unique, using one side of a casual conversation between former lovers. Thus the song was retitled using the song’s first line, “What’s New?” The song was recorded with the new title in 1939 by Bob Crosby And His Orchestra With Vocalist Teddy Grace. The song reached a peak chart position of #10.

 


269. When A Woman Loves A Man (1934)

lyrics by Johnny Mercer

music by Gordon Jenkins & Bernie Hanighen

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1938 MT 82 Complete on Columbia v.4 12 2’24”

Maybe he’s not much just another man
Doing what he can
But what does she care
When a woman loves a man

She’ll just string along
All through thick and thin
Till his ship comes in
It’s always that way
When a woman love a man

She’ll be the first one to praise him
When he’s goin’ strong
The last one to blame him
When everything’s wrong
It’s such a one-sided game that they play
But women are funny that way

Tell her she’s a fool
She’ll say yes I know
But I love him so
And that’s how it goes
When a woman loves a man

(bridge)

Tell her she’s a fool
She’ll say yes I know
But I love him so
And that’s how if goes
When a woman loves a man

 

Notes

NC

 


270. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (1931)

lyrics and music by

Leon René & Otis René & Clarence Muse

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1959 MT 323 Complete on Verve v.10 18 4’05”

Homesick, tired, all alone in a big city
Why should everybody pity me
Nighttimes falling and I’m yearning for Virginia
Hospitality within it calls me

Pale moon shining on the fields below
Folks are crooning songs soft and low
They needn’t tell me so
Because I know it’s sleepy time down south

Soft winds blowing through the pinewood trees
Folks down there live a life of ease
When old mammy falls upon her knees
It’s sleepy time down south

Steamboats on the river a-coming, a-going
Splashing the night away
Hear those banjos ringing
The folks who are all singing
They dance till the break of day, say

Dear old Southland with its dreamy songs
Take me back there where I belong
Oh, how I love to be in mammy’s arms
When it’s sleepy time down south

(bridge)

Dear old Southland with its dreamy songs
Take me back there where I belong
Oh, how I love to be in mammy’s arms
When it’s sleepy time down south
When it’s sleepy time down south
When it’s sleepy time down south
When it’s sleepy time down south
(fade out)

Notes

It was sung in the movie Safe in Hell (1931), starring Dorothy Mackaill, and became the theme song of Louis Armstrong, who recorded it almost a hundred times during his career. (Wikipedia)

SAFE IN HELL, Dorothy Mackaill, 1931 Dorothy Mackaill

 


271. When You Are Away Dear

Victor Herbert & Henry Blossom

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1955 REH Complete on Verve v.4 23

[rehearsal fragments]

N.A.

 

Notes

NC


272. When Your Love Has Gone (1931)

lyrics and music by E. A. Swan

follows 6 versions of this song

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1955 MT 260 Complete on Verve v.5 10 4’55”

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover has gone

(bridge)

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover,
When your lover,
Has gone

 

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 196 Perfect Complete Collection v.11 13 2’38”

(Billie’s voice is awful)

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover has gone

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
(MC presents the band)
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover,
When your lover,
Has gone

(MC comments and BH interview)

 

3rd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 202 Perfect Complete Collection v.12 6 1’59”

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover has gone

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover,
When your lover,
When your lover,
Has gone

 

4th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 203 Perfect Complete Collection v.12 7 2’25”

[stereo recording]

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover has gone

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover,
I said your lover,
When your lover,
Has gone

(applauses)

 

5th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 209 Private Recording 2’13”

When you’re alone
Who cares for silent skies
(curiously, in this moment, one can hear a small plane flying by)
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover has gone

When you’re alone
Who cares for silent skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover,
When your lover,
I said your lover,
Has gone

(applauses)

 

6th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1959 LR 226 Perfect Complete Collection v.12 17 1’53”

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
Magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover has gone

When you’re alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you’re alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can’t mean anything
When your lover,
When your lover,
When your lover has gone

(applauses)

Notes

NC

 


273. When You’re Smiling (1928)

lyrics and music by:

Mark Fisher & Joe Goodwin & Larry Shay

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1938 MT 76 Complete on Columbia v.4 6 2’49”

When you’re smiling
When you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you

When you’re laughing
When you’re laughing
The sun comes shining thru

But when you’re crying
You bring on the rain
So stop your sighing be happy again

Keep on smiling
‘Cause when you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you

 

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1938 AT 76a Complete on Columbia v.8 7 2’45”

When you’re smiling
When you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you

When you’re laughing
When you’re laughing
The sun comes shining thru

But when you’re crying
You bring on the rain
So stop your sighing be happy again

Keep on smiling
‘Cause when you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you

Notes

This song was made famous by Louis Armstrong, who recorded it three times.

 


274. Where Is The Sun?

John Redmond & Lee David

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1937 MT 52 Complete on Columbia v.3 4 2’46”

Where is the sun
Oh clouds above me
Where are the birds that used to sing?
Everything’s wrong
Oh where is their song of love?

Where is the one
Who said he loved me
Gone like the flowers he used to bring
Can it be true there’s somebody new to love?

Listen my heart
Don’t feel so bad
Think of the kisses we knew
You know my heart
The moments we had
Maybe he’s missing them too

Where is the sun?
Oh clouds above me
Don’t take the dreams to which I cling
Where is the sun?
Oh where is the one I love?

(bridge)

Listen my heart
Don’t feel so bad
Think of the kisses we knew
You know my heart
The moments we had
Maybe he’s missing them too

Where is the sun?
Oh clouds above me
Don’t take the dreams to which I cling

Where is the sun?
Oh where is the one I love?

Notes

NC

 


275. Wherever You Are

Cliff Friend & Charlie Tobias

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1942 MT 156 Complete in Columbia v.7 11 2’58”

Everywhere in every home
Hope is burning bright
While millions of hearts
Are kneeling saying tonight

Wherever you are
Our hearts are with you
Wherever you are
Our prayers are with you too

All through the darkness
Our faith is your guiding star
May God bless you all
Wherever you are

(bridge)

All through the darkness
Our faith is your guiding star
May God bless you all
Wherever you are

May God bless you all
God bless you
Wherever you are

 

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1942 AT 156a Complete in Columbia v.10 17 2’58”

Everywhere in every home
Hope is burning bright
While millions of hearts
Are kneeling saying tonight

Wherever you are
Our hearts are with you
Wherever you are
Our prayers are with you too

All through the darkness
Our faith is your guiding star
May God bless you all
Wherever you are

(bridge)

All through the darkness
Our faith is your guiding star
May God bless you all
Wherever you are

May God bless you all
God bless you
Wherever you are

 

Notes

NC

 


276. Who Loves You? (1936)

Lyrics by Benny Davis

Music by J. Fred Coots

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1936 MT 33 Complete on Columbia v.2 8 3’11”

Who loves you
Ask yourself the question
Who loves you sweetheart
And tell me who thinks of you
A million times a day
And who’s blue and lonely honey
When you’re away

Say who needs you
Needs you every minute
Who fell for you from the start
Oh who just longs for your caresses
You don’t have to take three guesses
Who loves you sweetheart

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1936 AT 33a Complete on Columbia v.7 18 3’14”

Who loves you
Ask yourself the question
Who loves you sweetheart
And tell me who thinks of you
A million times a day
And who’s blue and lonely honey
When you’re away

Say who needs you
Needs you every minute
Who fell for you from the start
Oh who just longs for your caresses
You don’t have to take three guesses
Who loves you sweetheart

Notes

NC


277. Who Wants Love?

Lyrics by Gus Kahn

Music by Franz Waxman

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1937 MT 68 Complete on Columbia v.3 20 2’33”

Who wants love?
Love is a joy we borrow
Pay back in tears tomorrow
So who wants love?

Who wants love?
Something to fill your heart with
So very soon to part with
So who wants love?

Love is a dream of weaving
Moonbeams in patterns rare
Love is a child believing
Stories of castles in the air

So who wants love?
I’ll go away without it
I know too much about it
Who wants love?

(bridge)

Love is a dream of weaving
Moonbeams in patterns rare
Love is a child believing
Stories of castles in the air

So who wants love?
I’ll go away without it
I know too much about it
Who wants love?

Who wants love?

 

Notes

NC

 


278. Why Did I Always Depend On You?

T. McRea & R. Smith & P. Greenwood

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1939 MT 115 Complete on Columbia v.5 20 2’30”

Why did I always depend on you
When I knew that you’d end
In another’s arms?
As a rule I’m no fool
But it seems where love’s concerned
There’s no rule for a fool
Who would let his heart be burned

And you intended to fool me too
That’s no lie
And you can’t deny it’s true
From the start in my heart
I knew what you’d do
Why did I depend on you?

(bridge)

And you intended to fool me too
That’s no lie
And you can’t deny it’s true
From the start in my heart
I knew what you’d do
Why did I depend on you?

 

Notes

NC

 


279. Why Was I Born? (1929)

lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

music by Jerome Kern

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1937 MT 43 Complete on Columbia v.2 18 2’49”

Why was I born?
Why am I livin’?
What do I get?
What am I givin’?
Why do I want for things
That dare not hope for?
What can I hope for?
I wish I knew
Why do I try
To draw you near me?
Why do I cry?
You never hear me
I’m a poor fool
But what can I do?
Oh baby why was I born
To love you?

Notes

from the show Sweet Adeline.

Sweet Adeline (IMDb) (IMBb)

 


280. Willow Weep For Me (1932)

lyrics and music by Ann Ronell

follows 7 versions of this song

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1953 LR 103 Perfect Complete Collection v.5 13 4’13”

(Billie chatting)

 

Willow weep for me,
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
And hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to me plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
And hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow
Willow
Weep for me

 

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 LR 128 Perfect Complete Collection v.7 10 3’22”

Willow weep for me,
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to me plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
Say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow
Willow
Willow
Weep for me

 

3rd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 LR 134 Perfect Complete Collection v.7 16 2’54”

Willow weep for me,
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
Say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to me plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
Say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow
Willow
Willow
Weep for me

 

4th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1954 MT 248 Complete on Verve v.3 10 3’05”

Willow weep for me,
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow
Willow
Weep for me

 

5th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1956 LR 147 Perfect Complete Collection v.9 8 3’31”

Willow weep for me,
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to me plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow,
Willow,
Willow,
Weep for me

 

6th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1957 LR 181 Complete on Verve v.10 5 3’08”

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow,
Willow,
Willow,
Weep for me

 

7th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1957 LR 187 Billie Holiday At Stratford ’57 2 4’05”

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow,
Willow,
Willow,
Weep for me

(applauses)

 

8th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1958 LR 208 Private Recording 2’53”

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow,
Willow,
Willow,
Weep for me

(applauses)

 

9th version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1959 LR 225 Perfect Complete Collection v.12 16 2’27”

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Whisper to the wind
And say that love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down
Along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and
Weep for me

Willow,
Willow
Weep for me

(applauses)

Notes

One account of the inspiration for the song is that, during her time at Radcliffe College, Ronell “had been struck by the loveliness of the willow trees on campus, and this simple observation became the subject of an intricate song”.

 


281. With Thee I Swing

Basil George Adlam & Alexander Hyde & Stillman

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1936 MT 31 Complete on Columbia v.2 6 3’14”

With thee I swing baby
With thee it’s just not dancin’
With thee I cling, baby
Whenever I get a chance

With thee I swing, baby
For thou art so entrancin’
My heart goes bing baby
Whenever we start to dance

With all the others
I’m only marking time
But in your arms I melt away
Like ice cream on a summer’s day
Just one more thing, baby
My life won’t he worthwhile
Till down the middle aisle
With thee I swing, baby

Notes

NC

 


282. Without Your Love

Johnny Lange & Stryker

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1937 MT 66 Complete on Columbia v.3 18 2’52”

Without your love
I’m like a song without words
Just like a nest without birds
Without your love

The sun above
Will never shine at my door
My life holds nothing in store
Without your love

I’ve rode the crest of a wave
With you beside me
Now who’s to guide me
Because I’m lost at sea

Without your love
I’m like a plane without wings
A violin with no strings
Without your love

(bridge)

I’ve rode the crest of a wave
With you beside me
Now who’s to guide me
Because I’m lost at sea

Without your love
I’m like a plane without wings
A violin with no strings
Without your love

 

2nd version

rec date type # discography tk rec time
1937 AT 66a Complete on Columbia v.8 2 2’52”

Without your love
I’m like a song without words
Just like a nest without birds
Without your love

The sun above
Will never shine at my door
My life holds nothing in store
Without your love

I’ve rode the crest of a wave
With you beside me
Now who’s to guide me
Because I’m lost at sea

Without your love
I’m like a plane without wings
A violin with no strings
Without your love

(bridge)

I’ve rode the crest of a wave
With you beside me
Now who’s to guide me
Because I’m lost at sea

Without your love
I’m like a plane without wings
A violin with no strings
Without your love

Notes

A very nice little song Billie recorded for Vocalion. (N/A)

 

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