That Lucky Old Sun

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PROFILE
Composer Beasley Smith
Lyricist Haven Gillespie
Year Written 1949
About That Lucky Old Sun
“That Lucky Old Sun” was first recorded in 1949 by Frankie Laine, followed by recordings that year by Vaughan Monroe and His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. Other recordings include those by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.

Lyrics

Up in the mornin’, out on the job
Work like the devil for my pay
But that lucky old sun has nothin’ to do
But roll around Heaven all day

Fuss with my woman, toil for my kids
Sweat till I’m wrinkled and gray
While that lucky old sun has nothin’ to do
But roll around Heaven all day

Good Lord, up above, can’t you know I’m pinin’
Tears all in my eyes?
Send down that cloud with a silver linin’
Lift me to Paradise

Show me that river, take me across
And wash all my troubles away
Like that lucky old sun, give me nothin’ to do
But roll around Heaven all day

Good Lord above, can’t you know I’m pinin’
Tears all in my eyes?
Send down that cloud with a silver linin’
Lift me to Paradise

Show me that river, take me across
And wash all my troubles away
Like that lucky old sun, give me nothin’ to do
But roll around Heaven, Heaven, Heaven
Oh, roll around Heaven, Heaven, Heaven all day
Let me roll around in Heaven all day

Session / Album Information

2002

“That Lucky Old Sun,” a duet with k.d. lang, was recorded in March 2002 and released that same year on Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World. Vocal arrangements were by Rob Mathes. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Peter Matz, with musical direction and arrangements by Lee Musiker.

This recording released on:

  • 2002: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 86734 — Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World
  • 2011: Disc #68 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK66) Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World

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