Just One Of Those Things

Just One Of Those Things

PROFILE
Composer Cole Porter
Lyricist Cole Porter
Year Written 1935
About Just One Of Those Things
Cole Porter wrote “Just One of Those Things” for the 1935 musical Jubilee. It’s one of Porter’s most popular songs and has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Alec Wilder in “American Popular Song” spoke of the lyric as ‘a trip to the moon on gossamer wings’ and “that it seems impossible that it wasn’t sitting on his piano, waiting for Porter even before he wrote the lyric.” It has a certain literary fame as well: Holden Caulfied, in Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” likes the song and notes that even the “stinking band” in the hotel lounge “couldn’t ruin it entirely.”

Lyrics

It was just one of those things
Just one of those crazy flings
One of those bells that now and then rings
Just one of those things

It was just one of those nights
Just one of those fabulous flights
A trip to the moon on gossamer wings
Just one of those things

If we’d thought a bit about the end of it
When we started painting the town
We’d have been aware that our love affair
Was too hot not to cool down

So good-bye, dear, and amen
Here’s hoping we meet now and then
It was great fun
But it was just one of those things

Session / Album Information

1957

Just One Of Those Things was recorded on October 14, 1957 and released in 1957 on the album The Beat of My Heart. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording  released on:

  • 1957:  Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1079 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • Pacific LP 12″: — Just One Of Those Things [Australia]
  • 1957: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7219 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1969: Harmony LP 12″: HS 11340 — Just One Of Those Things
  • 1970: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 646 — Just One Of Those Things [UK]
  • 1982: CBS Special Products CD: — My Best To You
  • 1983: CBS Special Products LP 12″: P 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1993: Columbia House Music Collection CD: 2C2 7926 — The Great American Composers: Cole Porter
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 58257 — My Best To You
  • 1997:  Columbia CD: CK 66502 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1997: Eclipse Music Group CD: 64859 — My Best To You
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65049 — This Is Jazz #33
  • 2002: Collectables CD: 9870 — My Best To You
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #11 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK11) The Beat of My Heart

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