On The Other Side Of The Tracks

Little-Me

PROFILE
Composer Cy Coleman
Lyricist Carolyn Leigh
Year Written 1962
About On the Other Side of the Tracks “On the Other Side of the Tracks” is from the 1962 musical Little Me, starring Sid Caesar and Virginia Martin, who introduced this song.

Lyrics

But my heart says, “Reach for the stars”
And my heart I cannot deny
Though its my hard luck
That I’m stuck
On the farthest one in the sky

So my eyes are destined to wander
And my brain no more to relax
For there’s nothing farther out yonder
Than the other side of the tracks

On the other side of the tracks
It’s a long and difficult climb
But the air up there on the bill of faire
Is a choice of lemon and lime

And the muscles keeping your nose up
Are the only muscles you tax
Oh I envy someone who grows up
On the other side of the tracks

So I’m off and running
Over the rail
I’m going gunning
After the quail
Off and running
Send me the mail

To the great big world
On the other side
To the great big world
On the farther side
To the great big world
On the other side of the tracks

One more time!

To the great big world
On the other side
The great big world
On the farther side
The great big world
On the other side of the tracks

Session / Album Information

1963

“On the Other Side of the Tracks” was recorded on April 22, 1963 and released in 1963 on the album This Is All I Ask. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8856 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2056 — This Is All I Ask
  • 2011: Disc #27 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK26) This Is All I Ask

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