How Little We Know

Composer Hoagy Carmichael
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1944
About How Little We Know
“How Little We Know” was written for the 1944 film To Have and Have Not, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway and starred Humphrey Bogard and Lauren Bacall. Bacall introduced the song in the film. Other recordings include those by Nat King Cole, Carmen McRae and Hoagy Carmichael.


Maybe it happens this way
Maybe we really belong together
But after all, how little we know

Maybe it’s just for a day
Love is as changeable as the weather
And after all, how little we know

Who knows why an April breeze never remains
Why stars in the trees hide when it rains
Love comes along, casting a spell
Will it sing you a song
Will it say a farewell
Who can tell?

Maybe you’re meant to be mine
Maybe I’m only supposed to stay in your arms a while
As others have done

Is this what I’ve waited for, am I the one
Oh, I hope in my heart that it’s so
In spite of how little we know

Session / Album Information


“How Little We Know” was recorded in 1972 and released in 1973 on the album Listen Easy. It was arranged by Don Costa.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 1973: Verve LP 12″: V6 5094 — Listen Easy
  • 1973: Philips LP 12″: 6308 157 — Listen Easy [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #46 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK45) Listen Easy

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