Hi-Ho

George and Ira Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin


PROFILE
Composer George Gershwin
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Year Written 1936
About Hi-Ho
“Hi-Ho” has been called ‘Gershwin’s least known great song’ by blogger Walter Rimler. It was one of the first songs the Gershwin brothers wrote when they first came to Hollywood and slated for the movie Shall We Dance featuring Fred Astaire dancing in the streets of Paris. The song was cut due to concerns over the costs for filming the sequence. The song faded from then and was only published in 1967. Tony Bennett’s was the first recording of this song.

Lyrics

Hi-ho, hi-ho
At last it seems I’ve found her
Now I won’t be happy ‘til my arms are around her

Hi-ho, ho-hi
If a kiss she’d only throw me
Oh me, oh my

Her charm, her smile so sweet and dimply
I want them or I’d simply die

Hi-ho, hi-ho
Oh, there’s no one like her here on Earth below
Perhaps I’m reaching too high
Hi-ho, hi-ho

Please pardon me sir
But I’m in love with her
And if you knew her sir
Then so would you
Be in love with her too

I beg of you ma’am
Look at that honey lamb
Now that you’ve seen her ma’am
Don’t you agree
No one’s lovely as she?

She’s lovely
No one lovelier
No one lovelier
No one’s lovely as she

She’s lovely
No one lovelier
No one lovelier than she

Hi-ho, hi-ho
For me there’s none can top her
Even if you offer Venus
I wouldn’t swap her

Hi-ho, ho-hi
Will I ever be her Romeo?
Me, oh my

Her eyes, they thrill and then they mock you
My heart they’ll always occupy
Hi-ho, hi-ho
Oh, there’s no one like her here on Earth below
Perhaps I’m reaching too high
Hi-ho, hi-ho

I’ve got it
Mm, she’s got me
Haven’t me her yet
But I hope to
Hi-ho

Session / Album Information

1968

“Hi-Ho” was recorded on May 22, 1968 and released that year on the album Yesterday I Heard The Rain. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1968: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9678 — Yesterday I Heard The Rain
  • 1968: CBS LP 12″: 63351 — Yesterday I Heard The Rain [UK]
  • 1968: CBS 45: 3731
  • 1968: Columbia 45: 4-44584
  • 1989: Columbia House Music Collection CD: C21 7925 — The Great American Composers: George and Ira Gershwin
  • 1991: Columbia CD: CSK 4083 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett (Promo)
  • 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
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #36 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK35) Yesterday I Heard The Rain

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