The Girl I Love

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PROFILE
Composer George Gershwin
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Year Written 1924
About The Girl I Love
“The Girl I Love” was originally written for the 1924 Broadway musical Lady, Be Good, though it was cut from that production. It was used again in 1927 for Strike Up The Band, but that production closed out of town. The lyrics were revised to “The Man I Love” for the 1928 Rosalie, but was cut from that production as well. In spite of all that, it rightly has its place as one of the great songs in the American Songbook. Notable recordings include those by Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Helen Morgan and many, many more.

Lyrics

Someday she’ll come along, the girl I love
Her smile will be a song, the girl I love
And when she comes my way
I’ll do my best to make her stay
I’ll look at her and smile,
She’ll understand
And in a little while I’ll take her hand
And though it seems absurd
I know we both won’t say a word
Maybe I will meet her Sunday
Maybe Monday, maybe not
But I’m sure I’ll meet her one day
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day
I’ll build a little home, just meant for two
From which we’ll never roam; Who would, would you?
And so all else above I’m waiting for the girl I love
Someday she’ll come along, the girl I love
Her smile will be a song, the girl I love
When she comes my way
I’ll do my best to make her stay
I’ll build a little home, just meant for two
From which we’ll never roam; Who would, would you?
So all else above I’m waiting for the girl,
The girl I love

Session / Album Information

1989

“The Girl I Love” was recorded in May, 1989 and was released the following year on Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. It was arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli

This recording released on:

  • 1990: Columbia CD: CK 45348 — Astoria. Portrait Of The Artist
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5057 — Astoria. Portrait Of The Artist [Japan]
  • 1990: CBS LP 12″: 4660051 — Astoria. Portrait Of The Artist [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #57 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK56) Astoria: Portrait of the Artist
  • 2013: Sony Music Entertainment: 98381 — Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist

1994

“The Girl I Love” was recorded and televised live on April 12, 1994 on MTV. The MTV Unplugged album was released in June of that year. The songs from the televised concert were arranged by Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Trio.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 66214 — MTV Unplugged
  • 2011: Discs #60/61 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK59) MTV Unplugged

2011

“The Girl I Love” with Sheryl Crow was recorded in 2011 and was released that year on Duets II. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697662532: Duets II
  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697961501: Duets II (LP)
  • 2011: Disc #71 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK69) Duets II

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