When Love Was All We Had

Jorge Calandrelli and Tony Bennett

Jorge Calandrelli and Tony Bennett


PROFILE
Composer Jorge Calandrelli
Lyricist Sergio Mihanovic
Year Written tbd
About When Love Was All We Had
This beautiful song was written for Mr. Bennett by Jorge Calandrelli, who arranged and conducted all of the songs on Bennett’s comeback album The Art of Excellence.

Lyrics

We started out as children on a carousel
Leaving all those fairy tales we knew so well
We built our world up in the air
Just holding hands, without a care
And everything was possible when love was all we had

Together we would laugh at other people’s fears
Together in our plane we’d fly a thousand years
How could we see before we land
Our solid ground had turned to sand
The sad farewell yesterday
When love was all we had

Our magic island every summer
A holiday just you and me
Now we’ll never be together
Beside the sea

Some people say that we must face reality
That we were never happy as we seemed to be
No one was there with us to feel
Could then be false can now be real
It really was worthwhile to live
When love was all we had

Session / Album Information

1986

“When Love Was All We had” was recorded in January, 1986 and was released that year on The Art of Excellence. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1986: Columbia LP 12″: FC 40344 — The Art Of Excellence
  • 1986: CBS LP 12″: 26990 — The Art Of Excellence (UK)
  • 1986: Columbia CD: CK 40344 — The Art Of Excellence
  • 2011: Disc #55 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK54) The Art of Excellence

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