Lazy Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon

PROFILE
Composer Jerome Moss
Lyricist John Latouche
Year Written 1954
About Lazy Afternoon
“Lazy Afternoon” was written for the 1954 musical The Golden Apple, which uses mythological Greek characters from Ulysses but set in the state of Washington (at Mount Olympia, of course) in the United States. This song, as well as the entire score, is quite beautiful.

Lyrics

It’s a lazy afternoon
And the beetle bugs are zooming
And the tulip trees are blooming
And there’s not another human in view,
But us two

It’s a lazy afternoon
And the farmer leaves his reaping
And the meadow cows are sleeping
And the speckled trouts stop leaping up stream
As we dream

A far pink cloud hangs over the hill
Unfolding like a rose
If you hold my hand and sit real still,
You can hear the grass as it grows

It’s a hazy afternoon
And I know a place that’s quiet, except for daisies running riot
And there’s no one passing by it to see
Come spend this lazy afternoon with me

Session / Album Information

1957

Lazy Afternoon was recorded on June 27, 1957 and released in 1957 on the album The Beat of My Heart. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.


This recording also released on:

  •  Pacific LP 12″: — Just One Of Those Things [Australia]
  • 1957:  Philips LP 12″: BBL 7219 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1962:  Columbia LP 12″: CS 8563 — Mr. Broadway: Tony’s Greatest Broadway Hits
  • 1962:  Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1763 — Mr. Broadway: Tony’s Greatest Broadway Hits
  • 1969:  Harmony LP 12″: HS 11340 — Just One Of Those Things
  • 1970: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 646 — Just One Of Those Things [UK]
  • 1991:  Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993:  CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1997:  Columbia CD: CK 66502 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2008: Columbia/RPM/Legacy CD: 731397 — The Essential Tony Bennett [Limited Edition 3.0]
  • 2011: Disc #11 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK11) The Beat of My Heart
  • 2011: Disc #21 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK21)Mr. Broadway: Tony’s Greatest Broadway Hits

1962

“Lazy Afternoon” was recorded live at Tony Bennett’s concert at Carnegie Hall on June 9, 1962 and was initially released in 1962 on the album Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall. Ralph Sharon arranged the song.

This recording released on:

  • 1962: CBS LP 12″: BPG62116 — At Carnegie Hall – Part 1 (UK)
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8705 — At Carnegie Hall – vol.1
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: C2L 23 — Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: C2S 823 — Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall
  • 1993: Sony Music Special Products CD: 15056 — Tony Bennett Sings for You
  • 1995:  Sony Music CD: WK 75012 — Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall
  • 1997: Columbia CD: C2K 64609 — At Carnegie Hall June 9, 1962: Complete Concert
  • 2011: Disc #24 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK24) Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall

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