I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You)

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PROFILE
Composer Fred Ahlert
Lyricist Roy Turk
Year Written <1928/td>
About I’ll Get By
Even though released before the 1929 stock market crash, “I’ll Get By” is a perfect depression-era song, as the lyrics tell us, you don’t need lots of money as long as there’s love to see you through. The song was a popular hit when it was released, with recordings by Ruth Eating, Aileen Stanley and the Ipana Troubadours. “I’ll Get By” was favorite of Billie Holiday, who recorded it many times. The song had a major revival in 1943 when Irene Dunne sang it in a war movie called A Guy Named Joe, in which she co-starred with Spencer Tracy.

Lyrics

I’ll get by
As long as I have you
Oh there be rain
And darkness too
I’ll not complain
I’ll live with you
Poverty
May come to me that’s true
But what care I
I’ll get by
As long as I have you

Ah, but tears may come to me
That’s true
But what care I, say
I’ll get by, as long as I have you

Session / Album Information

1996

“I’ll Get By” was recorded on June 26, 1996. The recording is a previously unreleased rehearsal take from Bennett On Holiday. It features Ralph Sharon on piano.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

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