The Riviera

Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman


PROFILE
Composer Cy Coleman
Lyricist Joseph McCarthy, Jr.
Year Written 1956
About The Riviera
One of Cy Coleman’s early songs, “The Riviera” predates his long association with lyricist Carolyn Leigh. Popular versions of this song are those by Mabel Mercer and Blossom Dearie.

Lyrics

The Riviera
On every street a gay casino
Where continentals sip their vino
And leave their fortunes to chance

The Riviera
Nevada’s number one casino
Where ladies make the play for dino
In that pursuit of romance

Every gay mademoiselle
Is disarming some maharajah
With the daring of her décolletage

Every [?] will be willing to bet you
She’s gonna be what you will get

Ah the Riviera
Where every golden coat of suntan
Has cost the gold of more than one man
Who wasn’t warned in advance

He can live like a king
Have a fabulous fling
Then as a token for the dough that he’s sunk
He gets a little label slapped on his trunk
The Riviera

The Riviera
Where every golden coat of suntan
Has cost the gold of more than one man
Who wasn’t warned in advance

He can live like a king
Have a fabulous fling
Then as a token for the dough that he’s sunk
He gets a little label slapped on his trunk
The Riviera

Session / Album Information

1971

“The Riviera” was recorded on October 1, 1971 and released the following year on the album With Love. It was arranged by Robert Farnon.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia 45: 4-45493
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KC 31460 — With Love
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: CBS-64849 — With Love (UK)
  • 1975: Columbia LP 12″: KG 33376 — Let’s Fall In Love With The Songs Of Harold Arlen And Cy Coleman
  • 2011: Disc #44 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK43) With Love

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