Sunrise Sunset

Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof

Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof


PROFILE
Composer Jerry Bock
Lyricist Sheldon Harnick
Year Written 1964
About Sunrise, Sunset
“Sunrise, Sunset” is from the very successful 1964 Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which starred the great Zero Mostel as Tevye, a poor milkman, and is set in the time of the pogroms in Russia in the early 20th century.

Lyrics

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

Is this the little girl I carried?
It this the little boy at play?
When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn’t it yesterday
When they were small?

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

Session / Album Information

1969

“Sunrise, Sunset” was recorded on November 17, 1969 and released the following year on the album Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today! It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9980 — Tony Sings The Great Hits Of Today
  • 1973: Columbia LP 12″: C 32239 — Sunrise, Sunset
  • 2011: Disc #39 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK38) Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today!
  • 2001: Disc #48 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK47) Sunrise, Sunset

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