By Myself

ByMyself

PROFILE
Composer Arthur Schwartz
Lyricist Howard Dietz
Year Written 1937
About By Myself “By Myself” was written for the 1937 musical Between the Devil, where it was introduced by Jack Buchanan. Another great Schwartz-Dietz song from Between the Devil was “I See Your Face Before Me.” This song was used in the 1953 Fred Astaire film, The Band Wagon.

Lyrics

I’ll go my way by myself
This is the end of romance
I’ll go my way by myself
Love is only a dance

I’ll try to apply myself
And teach my heart how to sing
I’ll go my way by myself
Like a bird on a wing

I’ll face the unknown
I’ll build a world of my own
No one knows better than I myself
I’m by myself alone

Mm, I’m feeling lonely
Think of you only
How sad my heart gets
When I see you’re not around
Please don’t confuse me
Why try to lose me?
You know you swept me
Off of the ground

Too bad about us
You had to doubt us
At first our love was just like
A glittering star
Goodbye, so long babe
Could be you’re wrong babe
What good is Heaven
So near yet so far?

I’ll face the unknown
I’ll build a world of my own
No one knows better than I myself
I’m by myself alone

Goodbye

Session / Album Information

1958

By Myself was recorded on November 3, 1958 and was released in 1959 on the album Hometown, My Town. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording was also released on:

  • 1959: Columbia CL 1301  Hometown, My Town
  • 2011: Disc #15 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874603-JK15) Hometown, My Town

1993

“By Myself” was recorded in July 1993 and was released that year on Steppin’ Out. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 57424 — Steppin’ Out
  • 2011: Disc #59 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK58) Steppin’ Out

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