I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

PROFILE
Composer Harry Carroll
Lyricist Joseph McCarthy
Year Written 1917
About I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
Even though the composer of this song is listed as Harry Carroll, the melody is adapted from the Fantasie-Impromptu by Frederick Chopin.The song was created for the 1918 Broadway show Oh Look! where it was sung by The Dolly Sisters. There were numerous recordings in 1918 and 1919. The song has remained popular, and was recorded multiple times in the 1940s, due to a movie about The Dolly Sisters. It was recorded by Perry Como, Helen Forrest, Harry James and Guy Lombardo.

Lyrics

Why have I always been a failure?
What can the reason be?
I wonder if the world’s to blame
I wonder if it could be meI’m always chasing rainbows
Watching clouds drifting by
My schemes are just like all my dreams
Ending in the skySome fellows look and find the sunshine
I always look and find the rain
Some fellows make a winning sometime
I never even make a gainBelieve me, I’m always chasing rainbows
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain

Session / Album Information

1960

This song was recorded on February 28, 1960 and released in 1960 on the album Alone Together. The same recording of I’m Always Chasing Rainbows was also used on the 1962 album I Left My Heart In San Francisco.

This recording released on:

  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8262 — Alone Together
  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1471 — Alone Together
  • 1960: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7452 — Alone Together (UK)
  • 1962: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62201 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1962: CBS LP 12″ (Mono): BPG 62201 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1869 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8669 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 1980: CBS LP 12″: 32732 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5241 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [Japan]
  • 1990: Columbia CD: CK 08669 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-568 — Alone Together [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #17 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK17) Alone Together
  • 2011: Disc #23  in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK23) I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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