When In Rome

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh


PROFILE
Composer Cy Coleman
Lyricist Carolyn Leigh
Year Written 1964
About When In Rome
In the year 2000, part of his 70th birthday celebration at the Library of Congress, Stephen Sondheim chose a list of ‘Songs I Wish I Had Written (At Least in Part).’ On this list were several songs by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, most of which are songs that Tony Bennett has recorded including “When In Rome.”

Lyrics

When in Spain, for reasons I don’t explain,
I remain enjoying a brew,
Don’t deplore my fondness for Fundador –
You know how a Fundador can lead to a few –
And baby when in Rome, I do as the Romans do.

If per chance I’m saying farewell to France,
And romance drops in from the blue;
Cher amour, I beg of you, please endure
My taking a brief detour with somebody new –
It’s just that when in Rome, I do as the Romans do.

And though from Italy I lie to you prettily,
Why think of me bitterly? You know that I’m true –
‘Cept now and then in Rome, I get that old yen in Rome
And naturally when in Rome, I do as the Romans do.

If I write happily, “Best wishes from Napoli,”
Don’t cable me snappily to tell me we’re through,
‘Cause once again in Rome, in somebody’s den in Rome
Well pussycat, when in Rome, I do as the Romans,
Disregard the signs and the omens,
When in Rome I do as the Romans do.

Session / Album Information

1975-1

“When In Rome” was recorded in June, 1975 and was released that year on The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album.

This recording released on:

  • 1975: Fantasy LP 12″: F 9489 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 1984: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab LP 12″: MFSL-1-117 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 1991: Fantasy CD: OJCCD-439-2 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 1992: Fantasy/OJC CD: OJCCD 439 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2000: Fantasy CD: 204392 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2001: JVC XRCD CD: JVCXR-020802 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2006: Fantasy CD: FCD-30177 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #52 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK51) The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

1975-2

“When In Rome” (alternate take #11) was recorded in June, 1975 and was released that year on The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: Fantasy CD: FCD-30177 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #52 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK51) The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

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