I See Your Face Before Me

Composer Arthur Schwartz
Lyricist Howard Dietz
Year Written 1937
About I See Your Face Before Me
This song was written for the 1937 Broadway musical Between The Devil, where it was introduced by Adele Dixon. Both Guy Lombardo and Glen Gray recorded the song in that time period. Later recordings include those by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman. The Johnny Hardman version, recorded in 1955, was used in the soundtrack for the 1995 movie The Bridges of Madison County.


In a world of glitter and glow
In a world of tinsel and show
The unreal from the real thing is hard to know
I discovered somebody who
Could be truly worthy and true
Yes, I met my ideal thing when I met you

I see your face before me
Crowding my every dream
There is your face before me
You are my only theme

It doesn’t matter where you are
I can see how fair you are
I close my eyes and there you are

If you could share the magic
Yes, if you could see me too
There would be nothing tragic
In all my dreams of you

Would that my love could haunt you so
Knowing I want you so
I can’t erase your
Beautiful face
Before me

Session / Album Information


“I See Your Face Before Me” was recorded in June 1992 and was released that year on Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

I See Your Face Before Me

Listen to I See Your Face Before Me on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1992.

This recording released on:

  • 1992: Columbia CD: CK 52965 — Perfectly Frank
  • 1992: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6565 — Perfectly Frank [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #58 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK57) Perfectly Frank

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