Poor Little Rich Girl

Poor LIttle Rich Girl

PROFILE
Composer Noël Coward
Lyricist Noël Coward
Year Written 1925
About Poor Little Rich Girl
Noël Coward wrote “Poor Little Rich Girl” for the 1925 revue On With the Dance. It is one of his most popular songs.

Lyrics

Poor little rich girl,
You’re a bewitched girl,
Better take care.
Laughing at danger,
Virtue a stranger,
Better beware!
The life you lead sets all your nerves a-jangle,
You love affairs are in a hopeless tangle,
Though you’re a child, dear,
Your life’s a wild typhoon!

In lives of leisure,
The craze for pleasure
Steadily grows;
Cocktails and laughter,
But what comes after?
Nobody knows!
You’re weaving love into a mad jazz pattern,
Ruled by Pantaloon,
Poor little rich girl,
Don’t drop a stitch too soon!

You’re only a baby,
You’re lonely, and maybe
Someday soon you’ll know
The tears you are tasting
Are years you are wasting,
Life’s a bitter foe!
With fate it’s no use competing,
Youth is so terribly fleeting;
By dancing much faster
You’re chancing disaster,
Time alone will show.

Session / Album Information

1959

Poor Little Rich Girl was recorded on January 5, 1959 and was released in 1959 on Basie/Bennett. The song was arranged by Ralph Sharon.


This recording also released on:

  • 1959: Emus Records LP 12″: ES-12026 — Strike Up The Band
  • 1961: Roulette LP 12″: R/SR-25072 — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
  • 1961: Roulette LP 12″: SR 25231 — Bennett & Basie – Strike Up The Band
  • 1963: Roulette LP 12″: R/SR-25231 — Strike Up the Band
  • 1966: Allegro LP 12″: ALLR 799 — A One Night Stand! [UK]
  • 1969: Saga Eros LP 12″: EROS 8076 — Tony Bennett and Count Basie
  • 1981: Reactivation LP 12″: JR 149 — Bennett & Basie [UK]
  • 1987: Roulette CD: RCD 59021 — Strike Up the Band
  • 1987: Pickwick CD: PWK 032 — Count Basie Featuring Tony Bennett
  • 1990: Roulette Jazz CD: CDP 7 93899 2 — Basie/Bennett
  • 1990: Roulette CD: B2-93899 — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
  • 1994: Cema CD: S21-18051 — The Many Moods of Romance: So in Love
  • 1995: DCC CD: DZS 004 — Chicago
  • 1995: Garland CD: 21 — Chicago
  • 1999: St.Clair CD: 5731 — Forever Gold
  • 2002: Prestige Elite CD: 220 — Chicago
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2008: Jasmine CD: JASCD482 — Together At Last/A Perfect Combination
  • 2011: Disc #13 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK13) Basie/Bennett
  • 2012: Essential Media Group: Bennett & Basie Strike Up The Band (Digitally Remastered) (CD-R on-demand)

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