Out Of This World

Out Of This World
PROFILE
Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1944
About Out Of This World
This song was written for the 1945 movie of the same name. Out Of This World starred Eddie Bracken; however Bing Crosby dubbed the vocals for Bracken and introduced the song. Alec Wilder was a fan of this song, praising its ethereal quality and the excellent lyrics by Mercer.

Lyrics

You’re clear out of this world
When I am looking at you
I hear out of this world
The music that no mortal ever knew

You’re right out of a book
The fairy tale I read when I was so high
No amoured knight out of a book
Was more enchanted by a laurel life

And I after waiting so long for the right time
After reaching so long for a star
All at once from the long and lonely nighttime
And despite time, here you are

I’d cry out of this world
If you said we were through
So let me fly out of this world
And spend the next eternity or two with you

After waiting so long for the right time
After reaching so long for a star
And at once from the long and lonely nighttime
And despite time, here you are

I’d cry out of this world
If you said we were through
So let me fly out of this world
And spend the next eternity or two with you

You’re clear, out of this world
Out of this world, out of this world

Session / Album Information

1960

This song was recorded on March 1, 1960 and released in 1960 on the album Alone Together.

This recording released on:

  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8262 — Alone Together
  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1471 — Alone Together
  • 1960: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7452 — Alone Together (UK)
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-568 — Alone Together [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #17 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK17) Alone Together

1964

“Out Of This World” was recorded on October 15, 1964. It features Herbie Hancock (piano), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums).

This recording released on:

  • CBS LP 12″: 32276 — Tony Bennett, Stan Getz & Friends
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CK 65049 — This Is Jazz #33
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 2005: Columbia CD: 94299 — Jazz Moods: Cool
  • 2011: Disc #1 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK1) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1

1967

“Out of This World” was recorded on January 18, 1967 and released that year on the album For Once In My Life. It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9573 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2773 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 63166 — For Once In My Life (UK)
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″ (Mono): BPG 63166 — For Once In My Life [UK]
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #35 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK34) Tony Makes It Happen!

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