But Not For Me

Composer George Gershwin
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Year Written 1930
About But Not For Me
“But Not For Me” was written for the 1930 musical Girl Crazy. This song has been widely recorded. Significant recordings include those by Ella Fizgerald, Judy Garland, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, and Esperanza Spaulding.


Old man sunshine, listen you
Don’t you tell me dreams come true
Just try it, and I’ll start a riot

Beatrice Fairfax, don’t you dare
Ever tell me, he will care
I’m certain, it’s the final curtain

I never wanna hear
From any cheerful Pollyannas
Who tell you Fate supplies a mate
It’s all bananas

They’re writing songs of love
But not for me
A lucky star’s above
But not for me

With love to lead the way
I found more clouds of gray
Than any Russian play
Could guarantee

I was a fool to fall
And get that way
Hi-ho, alas! and al-
So, lack-a-day

Session / Album Information


“But Not For Me” was recorded by Diana Krall for Love Is Here To Say. It was arranged by Diana Krall and Bill Charlap.

But Not For Me

Listen to But Not For Me on Spotify. Diana Krall · Song · 2018.

See Love Is Here To Stay sessions for more information.

This recording released on:

  • 2018: Verve, Columbia B0028706-01 (CD, LP)

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