Something To Live For

Ellington-Strayhorn

PROFILE
Songwriters Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington
Year Written 1939
About
“Something To Live For” was the first official collaboration between Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Lyrics

I have almost ev’ry thing a human could desire,
Cars and houses, bear-skin rugs to lie before my fire
But there’s something missing,
Something isn’t there,
It seems I’m negver kissing the one whom I care for.
I want Something To Live For
Someone to make my life an adventurous dream
Oh, what wouln’t I give for
Someone who’d take my life and make it seem
gay as they say it ought to be.
Why can’t I have love like that brought to me?
My eye is watching the noon crowds
searching the promenades seeking a clue
To the one who will someday be my
Something To Live For.
I want Something To Live For
Someone to make my life an adventurous dream
Oh, what wouln’t I give for
Someone who’d take my life and make it seem
gay as they say it ought to be.
Why can’t I have love like that brought to me?
My eye is watching the noon crowds
searching the promenades seeking a clue
To the one who will someday be my
Something To Live For.

Session / Album Information

1970

“Something To Live For” was recorded on December 3, 1970; it is a previously unreleased outtake from the album Love Story. It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

1971

“Something To Live For” was recorded on August 11, 1971; it is a previously unreleased outtake from the album Summer of ’42. This version features John Bunch on piano and was arranged by Robert Farnon.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

1999

“Something To Live For” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on the special bonus CD release of Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool.

This recording released on:

  • 1999: RPM Records / Columbia CD: CSK 46304 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool (special bonus CD)

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