Down in the Depths

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PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Year Written 1936
About Down In The Depths
Cole Porter wrote Down In The Depths for the 1936 musical Red, Hot and Blue. Ethel Merman introduced the song in the musical.

Lyrics

With a million neon rainbows burning below me,
And a million blazing taxis raising a roar,
Here i sit, above the town,
In my pet-paillated gown,
Down in the depths
Of the ninetieth floor.

While the crowds in all the nightclubs punish the parquet,
And the bars are packed with couples calling for more,
I’m deserted and depressed
In my regal-eagle nest,
Down in the depths
Of the ninetieth floor.
When the only one you wanted wants another,
What’s the use of swank and cash in the bank galore?
Why, even the janitor’s wife
Has a perfectly good love life,
And here i am, facing tomorrow,
Alone in my sorrow,
Down in the depths
Of the ninetieth floor.

Session / Album Information

1995

“Down In The Depths” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Mabel Mercer. It was arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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