I’m Way Ahead of the Game

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PROFILE
Composer Robert Emmett Dolan
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1964
About I’m Way Ahead of the Game
This song was written for the Broadway musical Foxy, which ran for only 72 performances in early 1964. In spite of the short run, it won its star, Bert Lahr, a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical. A cast album of Foxy was never made.

Lyrics

Lady luck, it’s goodbye
I hate to see you go
Fireworks fill the sky
It was quite a show
I just want to thank you for the free ride
Out of all the others, it was the ride

Whatever happens from here on in
I’m way ahead of the game
Whatever comes up, it’s heads I win
Your kiss was my claim to fame

I rolled a seven and locked up the store
Walked into the heaven, right through the front door
Whatever happens from here on out
I won’t be sorry that I came
I’ve had the kind of adventure I read of
I’m way ahead of the game

We shared a fun kiss, you will never recall
But better one kiss than no kiss at all

Whatever happens from here on out
I won’t be sorry that I came
Whatever happens, it’s just like I said
Yes, I’m way ahead of the game

Session / Album Information

1964-1

“I’m Way Ahead of the Game” was recorded on February 26, 1964 and was arranged and conducted by Ralph Sharon. This recording is an outtake from the album When Lights Are Low.

This recording released on:

  • CD: C22 8017 — The Great American Composers: Johnny Mercer
  • 2011: Disc #1 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK1) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1

1964-2

“I’m Way Ahead of the Game” was recorded on April 8, 1964 and released in 2011 on Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: From This Moment On, as part of the 2011 Complete Collection. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #74 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK72) Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: From This Moment On

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