Close Enough For Love


PROFILE
Composer Johnny Mandel
Lyricist Paul Williams
Year Written 1979
About Close Enough For Love
“Close Enough for Love” was first recorded by Peggy Lee on her album of the same name. Although Mandel and Williams are well-known for their work as film composers, this song was not composed for film. It is a favorite of jazz vocalists; in addition to Peggy Lee’s and Tony Bennett’s recordings, it has also been recorded by Shirley Horn and Andy Williams.

Lyrics

You and I, an unmatched pair
Took the time to touch, to share
Worlds apart the night we met
We braved the odds and won the bet

Not perfect yet
But close enough for love

How old-fashioned, pure romance
Shared a kiss, we shared a dance
Shared the body and bouquet
We’ll taste the wine another day

When you and I
Are close enough for love

Not just lovers, more than friends
Who knows where one starts and one ends
Tracing lights through sleepless nights
That I’ll remember always, always

Long goodbyes and tearful looks
Hold up well in poems and in books
But you and I have life to hold
The greatest story never told

Not perfect yet
But close enough for love

Session / Album Information

2004

“Close Enough For Love” was recorded in 2004 and released that same year on The Art of Romance. This song was arranged by Johnny Mandel.

This recording released on:

  • 2004: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 92820 — The Art of Romance
  • 2004: Sony Music CD 5187092000 — The Art of Romance (import)
  • 2011: Disc #69 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK67) The Art of Romance
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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