This Funny World

Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers

Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers


PROFILE
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1927
About This Funny World
“This Funny World” is one of Rodgers’ and Hart’s early songs; it was written for the 1927 musical Betsy, which only ran for 39 performances.

Lyrics

This funny world
Makes fun of the things that you strive for
This funny world
Can laugh at the dreams you’re alive for.
If you’re beaten, conceal it!
There’s no pity for you
For the world cannot feel it.
Just keep to yourself
Weep to yourself.
This funny world
Can turn right around and forget you.
It’s always sure
To roll right along when you’re through.
If you are broke you Shouldn’t mind.
It’s all a joke, for you will find
This funny world is making fun of you

Session / Album Information

1973-1

“This Funny World” was recorded in July 1973 and was released in 1977 on Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart.

This recording released on:

  • 1977: Improv LP 12″: 7120 — Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart
  • Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 1990: King CD: KICP-2046 — The Rodgers and Hart Songbook [Japan]
  • 1991: Improv LP 12″: DARC2-2102 — The Rodgers And Hart Songbook
  • 1991: DRG CD: CDXP 2102 — The Rodgers And Hart Songbook
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2005: Concord CD: 2243 — Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
  • 2006: Universal CD: 3122432 — Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #51 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK50) Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart

1973-2

“This Funny World” alternate take #3, was recorded in July 1973 and was released in 2004 on The Complete Improv Recordings.

This recording released on:

  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2005: Concord CD: 2243 — Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
  • 2006: Universal CD: 3122432 — Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #51 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK50) Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart

1975

“This Funny World” was recorded in 1975 and was released on Tony Bennett Sings Life Is Beautiful. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1975: Improv LP 12″: IMP 7112 — Life Is Beautiful
  • 1979: DRG CD: CDMRS 801 — The Special Magic Of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #49 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK48) Tony Bennett’s Sings Life Is Beautiful

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