Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)

Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1940
About Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, was one of the hit songs from the 1940 musical Pal Joey, where it was introduced by Vivienne Segal. Notable recordings are by Benny Goodman, Mel Tormé, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Alec Wilder admired the lyric and the verse, but found the song “notey.” In spite of being notey, it’s a cornerstone of the American Songbook.


I am wild again, beguiled again
A simpering, whimpering child again
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I?

I couldn’t sleep, wouldn’t sleep
Love came and told me I shouldn’t sleep
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I?

I lost my heart, but what of it
Don’t you know the man is cold, I agree
She might laugh but I love it
Although the laugh’s on me

I will sing to her, bring spring to her
And long for the day when I cling to her
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I?

Session / Album Information


Bewitched was recorded on October 28, 1959 and released in 1961 on the album Tony Sings For Two. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.


Listen to Bewitched on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1961.

This recording released on:

  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8242 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1446 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 1961: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7479 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9891 — Love Story: 20 All-Time Great Recordings
  • 1971: CBS LP 12″: 66297 — Love Songs (UK)   (1971)
  • 1995: Sony Music CD: SMSP A 8242 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87234 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 2011: Disc #19 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK19) Tony Sings For Two

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