I Wish I Were In Love Again

WishIWereInLoveAgain

PROFILE
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1937
About I Wish I Were In Love Again
Rodgers and Hart wrote “I Wish I Were In Love Again” for the 1937 musical Babes in Arms. It was a favorite song of Judy Garland, who recorded it in 1940. Other recordings include those by Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Audra McDonald.

Lyrics

You don’t know that I felt good
When we up and parted
You don’t know I knocked on wood
Gladly broken hearted
Worrying is through
I sleep all night
Appetite and health restored
You don’t know how much I’m bored

The sleepless nights – the daily fights
The quick toboggan – when you reach the heights
I miss the kisses – and I miss the bites
I wish I were in love again

The broken dates – the endless waits
The lovely loving – and the hateful hates
The conversation – with the flying plates
I wish I were in love again

No more pain – no more strain
Now I’m sane – but I would rather be punch – drunk

The pulled out fur – of cat and cur
The fine mismating – of a him and her
I’ve learned my lesson – but I wish I were
In love again

The furtive sigh – the blackened eye
The words: “I love you – ’til the day I die”
The self deception – that believes the lie
I wish I were in love again

When love congeals – it soon reveals
The faint aroma – of performing seals
The double-crossing – of a pair of heels
I wish I were in love again

No, no more care – no, no despair
Now I’m all there (now) – but I’d rather be punchdrunk

Believe me sir – I much prefer
The classic battle – of a him and her
I don’t like quiet – and I wish I were
In love again – in love again – in love again

Session / Album Information

1973-1

“I Wish I Were In Love Again” was recorded in July 1973 and was released in 1977 on Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart.

This recording released on:

  • 1977: Improv LP 12″: 7120 — Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart
  • Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 1990: King CD: KICP-2046 — The Rodgers and Hart Songbook [Japan]
  • 1991: Improv LP 12″: DARC2-2102 — The Rodgers And Hart Songbook
  • 1991: DRG CD: CDXP 2102 — The Rodgers And Hart Songbook
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2005: Concord CD: 2243 — Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
  • 2006: Universal CD: 3122432 — Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #51 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK50) Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart

1973-2

“I Wish I Were In Love Again” alternate take #1, was recorded in July 1973 and was released in 2004 on The Complete Improv Recordings.

This recording released on:

  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2005: Concord CD: 2243 — Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
  • 2006: Universal CD: 3122432 — Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #51 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK50) Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart

1992

“I Wish I Were In Love Again” was recorded in June 1992 and was released that year on Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1992: Columbia CD: CK 52965 — Perfectly Frank
  • 1992: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6565 — Perfectly Frank [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #58 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK57) Perfectly Frank

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