When The Sun Comes Out

Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler

Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler


PROFILE
Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Ted Koehler
Year Written 1941
About When The Sun Comes Out
“When The Sun Comes Out” is unusual in the Arlen body of work in that the song was not written for either a musical or a film. The song was first recorded in 1941 by Helen O’Connell with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Other significant recordings (in addition to Tony Bennett) include those by Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstein, and Judy Garland.

Lyrics

When the sun comes out
And that rain stops beatin’ on my window pane
When the sun comes out
There’ll be bluebirds ’round my door, singin’ like they did before

That ol’ storm broke out
And my man/gal walked off and left me in the rain
Though she’s gone I doubt
If she’ll stay away for good,I’d stop livin’ if she should

Love is funny, it’s not always peaches, cream and honey
Just when everything looked bright and sunny
Suddenly the cyclone came, I’ll never be the same

Til that sun comes out
And the rain stops beatin’ on my window pane
If my heart holds out
Let it rain and let it pour, it may not be long before
There’s a knockin’ at my door
Then you’ll know the one I love walked in
When the sun comes out.

Session / Album Information

1960

This song was recorded on  August 17, 1960 and released in 1960 on the album Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen.

This recording released on:

  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8359 — A String Of Harold Arlen
  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1559 — A String Of Harold Arlen
  • 1960: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7455 — Sings A String Of Harold Arlen (UK)
  • Sony Music CD: SMSP A 8359 — A String Of Harold Arlen
  • 1975: Columbia LP 12″: KG 33376 — Let’s Fall In Love With The Songs Of Harold Arlen And Cy Coleman
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5244 — Sings A String Of Harold Arlen [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #18 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK18) Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen

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