Let’s Face The Music and Dance

Let's Face The Music And Dance

PROFILE
Composer Irving Berlin
Lyricist Irving Berlin
Year Written 1936
About Let’s Face The Music and Dance
“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” was written in 1936 for the film Follow the Fleet with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Astaire – Rogers dance to this song is considered one of their best. It has also been recorded by singers including Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

Lyrics

There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill
And while we still have the chance
Let’s face the music and dance

Soon, we’ll be without the moon
Humming a different tune and then

There may be tear drops to shed
So while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance
Let’s face the music and dance

Soon, we’ll be without the moon
Humming a different tune and then

There may be tear drops to shed
So while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance
Let’s face the music and dance

Session / Album Information

1957

“Let’s Face The Music And Dance” was recorded on October 25, 1957 and released in 1957 on the album The Beat of My Heart. This recorded was also used on the 1963 album I Wanna Be Around. 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
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2000 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: P 13575 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 1963: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62149 — I Wanna Be Around (UK)
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8800 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 1969: Harmony LP 12″: HS 11340 — Just One Of Those Things
  • 1970: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 646 — Just One Of Those Things [UK]
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 66502 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 65049 — This Is Jazz #33
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87234 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 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
  • 2011: Disc #26 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK25) I Wanna Be Around

1987

“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” was recorded in May 1987 and was released that year on Bennett/Berlin. This song was arranged by Tony Bennett.

This recording released on:

  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: FC 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4604501 — Bennett/Berlin (Neth.)
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4604501 — Bennett/Berlin (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CK 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1988: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-893 — Bennett/Berlin [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #56 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK55) Bennett/Berlin

2014

“Let’s Face The Music And Dance” was recorded in 2014 with Lady Gaga and released that year on Cheek To Cheek. It was arranged by Alex Smith.

This recording released on:

  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021493-02 – Cheek To Cheek (standard edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021494-02 – Cheek To Cheek (deluxe edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021861-03 – Cheek To Cheek (Target edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021688-02 – Cheek To Cheek (HSN edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: Cheek To Cheek (iTunes edition)

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