Dancing In The Dark

Dancing in the Dark

PROFILE
Composer Arthur Schwarz
Lyricist Howard Dietz
Year Written 1931
ABOUT Dancing in the Dark
Dancing in the Dark was written for the 1931 revue The Band Wagon and is widely considered to be the finest of the songs written by Schwartz and Dietz. Alec Wilder in American Popular Song describes it as “… a very strong song with a superb, poetic lyric.”

Lyrics

Dancing in the dark ’til the tune ends
We’re dancing in the dark and it soon ends
We’re waltzing in a wonder of why we’re here
Time hurries by, we’re here and gone

Looking for the light of a new love
To brighten up the night
I have you love and we can face the music together
Dancing in the dark

Looking for the light of a new love
To brighten up the night
I have you love and we can face the music together
Dancing in the dark

Session / Album Information

1961

Dancing In The Dark was recorded on April 6, 1961 and released in 1961 on the album My Heart Sings. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8458 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1658 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7495 — My Heart Sings (UK)
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987:  Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5245 — My Heart Sings [Japan]
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1998:  Columbia CD: CK 65049 — This Is Jazz #33
  • 2004:  Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2005: Columbia CD: 94299 — Jazz Moods: Cool
  • 2011: Disc #20 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK20) My Heart Sings

1993

“Dancing in the Dark” 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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