End Of A Love Affair

Composer and Lyricist Edward C. Redding
Year Written 1950
About the End of a Love Affair
The somber tune of love and loss soon became a jazz standard. Significant early recordings included those by Billie Holiday, Johnny Hartman and Dexter Gordon.


So I walk a little too fast, and I drive a little too fast,
And I’m reckless its true, but what else can you do
At the end of a love affair?

So I talk a little too much, and I laugh a little too much,
And my voice is too loud when I’m out in a crowd,
So that people are apt to stare.

Do they know, do they care, that it’s only that I’m lonely,
And low as can be?
And the smile on my face isn’t really a smile at at all!

So I smoke a little too much, and I drink a little too much,
And the tunes I request are not always the best,
But the ones where the trumpets blare!

So I go at a maddening pace,
And I pretend that its taking your place
But what else can you do, at the end of a love affair?

Session / Album Information


“End of a Love Affair” was recorded on September 11, 1972 and released that year on the album The Good Things In Life. It was arranged by Robert Farnon.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: MGM LP 12″: MV-5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Verve LP 12″: V6 5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #45 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK44) The Good Things In Life

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