While We’re Young

While-Were-Young

PROFILE
Composer Alec Wilder, Morty Palitz
Lyricist William Engvick
Year Written 1944
About While We’re Young
“While We’re Young” was first recorded in 1944 by the Fred Waring Singers and again in 1949 by Meredith Willson (who wrote The Music Man) and his Orchestra. Peggy Lee also recorded the song in 1949, but not to Wilder’s liking. Marion McPartland quotes Wilder as telling Miss Lee that “The next time you come to the bridge (of the song), jump off!” “While We’re Young” remains popular in the American songbook, having been recently recorded by Jane Monheit and Ben Sidron.

Lyrics

Songs were made to sing,
While we’re young.
Every day is Spring,
While we’re young.

None can refuse,
Time flies so fast!
Too dear to lose,
An’ too sweet to last!

Though it may be just . . .
For today!
Share our love we must . . .
While we may!

So blue the skies,
All sweet surprise,
Shines before our eyes,
While we’re young!

( Though it may be just . . .
For today!
Share our love we must . . .
While we may! )

So blue the skies,
All sweet surprise,
Shines before our eyes,
While we’re young!

Session / Album Information

1951

“While We’re Young” was recorded on May 31, 1951 and released that same year.

This recording released on:

  • 1951: Columbia 78: 39449
  • 1951: Columbia 45: 4-39449
  • 1952: Columbia LP 10″: CL 6221 — Because Of You
  • 1959: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1292
  • 2000: Blue Jackel CD: 8427328030137 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits
  • 2001: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 8001 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2004: Solo CD: 1214 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits
  • 2004: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3013 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2004: Sepia Records CD: SEPIA 1028 — The Young Tony Bennett
  • 2005: ASV/Living Era CD: 5512 — Take My Hand…
  • 2006: Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8120803 — While We’re Young: Original Recordings 1950-1955
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #3 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK3) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1

1977

“While We’re Young” was recorded in May, 1977 and released that year on Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music.

This recording released on:

  • 1977: Improv IMP-7123:Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Concord CRE-32955-02 – The Best of the Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #54 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK53) Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music

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