You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart

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PROFILE
Composer James P. Johnson
Lyricist Flournoy Earkin Miller
Year Written 1931
About You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart
James Johnson, a pianist and composer who was also known as a Harlem Stride pianist, collaborated with author and producer Flournoy Miller to produce the Sugar Hill revue in 1931 for this song. Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday recorded “You Can’t Lose A Broken Heart” as a duet with Sy Oliver and His Orchestra in 1949 on the Decca label.

Lyrics

Don’t lose your head
Then lose your guy
You can’t lose a broken heart

If you ever break up
Then try to make up
It’s tough to make a brand new start

Take a walk
Think it over
While strolling neath the moon
Don’t say things in December
You’ll regret in June

Ware your remark
Before you speak
Or you may be sorry soon

Don’t be erratic
Be diplomatic
To keep your heart’s in tune

Cruel harsh words
Often spoken
Will upset your applecart

So don’t lose your head
Then lose your guy
Cos, you can’t lose a broken heart
No, you can’t lose a broken heart

Session / Album Information

2002

“You Can’t Lose A Broken Heart,” a duet with k.d. lang, was recorded in March 2002 and released that same year on Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World. Vocal arrangements were by Rob Mathes. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Peter Matz, with musical direction and arrangements by Lee Musiker.

This recording released on:

  • 2002: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 86734 — Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World
  • 2011: Disc #68 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK66) Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World

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