Lover

Love Me Tonight (1932)


PROFILE
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1932
About Lover
Lover was written for the 1932 film Love Me Tonight, where it was introduced by Jeanette MacDonald. Perhaps due to singer it was written for, the song has somewhat operatic feel to it.

Lyrics

When you held your hand to my heart
Dear you did something grand to my heart
And we played the scene to perfection
Though we didn’t have the time to rehearse

Since you took control of my life
You have become the whole of my life
When you are away its awful
And when you are with me its worse

Lover, when I’m near you
And I hear you speak my name
Softly in my ear
You breathe a flame

Lover, when we’re dancing
Keep on glancing in my eyes
Til love’s only trancing music dies

All of my future is in you
You’re every plan I design
Promise you’ll always continue
To be mine

Lover, please be tender
When your tender fears depart
Lover, I surrender to my heart

Well I say that the devil is in you
And to resist you I try
But if you didn’t continue
I would die

Lover, please be tender
When your tender fears depart
Lover, I surrender to my heart
To my heart, lover

Session / Album Information

1973

“Lover” 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
  • 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
  • Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 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)
  • 2006: Concord CD: CCD-6023-2 — Tony Bennett Sings For Lovers
  • 2011: Disc #50 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK49) Tony Bennett’s Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs

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