The Playground

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PROFILE
Composer Bill Evans
Lyricists Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
Year Written 1967
About The Playground
The Playground was composed by Bill Evans in 1970 and titled “Children’s Play Song.” The song was first released on the 1970 album From Left To Right. The lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman were added later.

Lyrics

When I hear children at play
Memories come from far away
Taking me, holding my hand
To the playground wonderland

See-saw, lifting you high
Swings that let you touch the sky
Then, whenever you’re through
Painted ponies wait for you

It’s a world, summertime free
Where else would you rather be?
With a friend there at your side
Up you climb and down you slide

When I hear children at play
(I love to play in the playground)
(Every time I go, I know that I’ll find a friend)
Memories come from far away

Taking me, holding my hand
(I want to stay in the playground)
(When I’m there, I wish that it would never end)
To the playground wonderland

Taking turns, learning to share
Jungle Jim or teddy bear
Hide and seek, counting to ten
Oh, to play there once again

See-saw, lifting you high
Swings that let you touch the sky
Then, whenever you’re through
Painted ponies wait for you

When I hear children at play
(I love to play in the playground)
(Every time I go, I know that I’ll find a friend)
Memories come from far away

Taking me, holding my hand
(I want to stay in the playground)
(When I’m there, I wish that it would never end)
To the playground wonderland
To the playground wonderland

Session / Album Information

1998

“The Playground” was recorded in June 1998 and released that same year on the album The Playground.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 69380 —The Playground
  • 2011: Disc #64 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK62) The Playground

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