I Concentrate On You

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PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Year Written 1940
About I Concentrate On You
Cole Porter wrote “I Concentrate On You” for the film Broadway Melody of 1940. It’s one of Porter’s best songs, with recordings by Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Judy Garland among others.

Lyrics

And so when wise men say to me
That love’s young dream never comes true
To prove that even wise men can be wrong
I concentrate on you
I concentrate and concentrate

Whenever skies look grey to me
And trouble begins to brew
Whenever the winter winds
Become too strong
I concentrate on you

When fortune cries, “Nay, nay” to me
And people declare “You’re through”
Whenever the blues become my only song
I concentrate on you

On your smile so sweet so tender
When at first my kiss you decline
And that look in your eyes
When you surrender
And once again our arms intertwine

And so when wise men say to me
That love’s young dream never comes true
To prove that even wise men can be wrong
I concentrate on you.
I concentrate, and concentrate on you.

Session / Album Information

1972

“I Concentrate On You” was recorded on December 13, 1972 and released in 1973 on the album Listen Easy. It was arranged by Don Costa.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 1973: Verve LP 12″: V6 5094 — Listen Easy
  • 1973: Philips LP 12″: 6308 157 — Listen Easy [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #46 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK45) Listen Easy

1993

“I Concentrate On You” 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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