Isn’t It Romantic?

Love Me Tonight (1932)

PROFILE
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1932
About Isn’t It Romantic
“Isn’t It Romantic” was written for the 1932 movie Love Me Tonight, starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. The song has proved to be one of their most popular and has been and still is widely recorded by artists including Chet Baker, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald and The Bill Evans Trio. In his book American Popular Song, Alec Wilder calls “Isn’t It Romantic” a “perfect song.”

Lyrics

Isn’t it romantic
Music in the night
A dream that can be heard

Isn’t it romantic
Moving shadows write the oldest magic word
I hear the breezes playing in the trees up above
While all the world is saying you were meant for love

Isn’t it romantic
merely to be young on such a night as this
Isn’t it romantic
Every note that’s sung is like a lover’s kiss

Sweet symbols in the moonlight
do you think that I will fall in love per chance?
Isn’t it romance?

Isn’t it romantic
On a moonlight night
She’ll cook me onion soup

Kiddies are romantic
and if we don’t fight we soon will have a troupe
We’ll help the population,
it’s a duty that we owe to dear old France
Isn’t it romance?

Session / Album Information

1973

“Isn’t It Romantic” was recorded in July, 1973 and released in 1976 on Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs.

This recording released on:

  • 1976: Improv LP 12″: 7113 — Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs
  • 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: CCD-6023-2 — Tony Bennett Sings For Lovers
  • 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: Concord CRE-32955-02 – The Best of the Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #50 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK49) Tony Bennett’s Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs

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