Funny Thing

Composer Jimmy Van Heusen (as Arthur Williams)
Lyricist Carl Sigman
Year Written 1954
About Funny Thing
In his autobiography, The Good Life, Tony Bennett wrote “I was especially fond of a song I recorded that year called ‘Funny Thing,’ which was credited to the excellent lyricist Carl Sigman and a little-known composer named ‘Arthur Williams.’ Actually, ‘Arthur Williams’ was a pseudonymn for publishing reasons by the great tunesmith and my great friend Jimmy Van Heusen. … I thought ‘Funny Thing’ was a great song and a likely hit, and I was disappointed when it didn’t go anywhere.”


Funny thing how the raindrops
All remind me of tears
Funny thing how your laughter
Is all that my heart ever hears

Funny thing how stars have lost their shine
How nights never end
All because your lips re gone from mine
No use pretending

Funny thing how two sweethearts
With the world at their feet
All at once are two strangers
Who just look away when they meet

Funny thing how I still love you
Though you said goodbye
Funny thing but who’s laughing
Not I

Session / Album Information


“Funny Thing” was recorded on September 24, 1954 and released that year as a single.

Funny Thing

Listen to Funny Thing on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1954: Columbia 78: 40376
  • 1954: Columbia 45: 4-40376
  • 1959: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1292 — Blue Velvet
  • 2006: Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8120803 — While We’re Young: Original Recordings 1950-1955
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #5 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK5) The Columbia Singles, Volume 3

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