I’m Confessing (That I Love You)

Composers Doc Dougherty, Ellis Reynolds
Lyricist Al J. Neiburg
Year Written 1930
About I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
This song has a somewhat odd start. It was first known as “Lookin’ for Another Sweetie,” with lyrics credited to Chris Smith and Sterling Grant, and was recorded by Fats Waller in 1929. Al Neiburg wrote the new lyrics and the song was recast in 1930 with its current title. Louis Armstrong made the first recording of it in 1930, and in spite of many other recordings, it remained strongly identified with Armstrong.


I’m confessin’ that I love you, tell me, do you love me too?
I’m confessin’ that I need you, honest I do, need you every moment.
In your eyes I read such strange things, but your lips deny they’re true,

Will your answer really change things, making me blue?
I’m afraid some day you’ll leave me, saying “Can’t we still be friends?”,

If you go, you know you’ll grieve me, all in life on you depends.
Am I guessing that you love me, dreaming dreams of you in vain?
I’m confessing that I love you, over again

Session / Album Information


“I’m Confessin'(That I Love You),” a duet with k.d. lang, was recorded in March 2002 and released that same year on Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World. Vocal arrangements were by Rob Mathes. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Peter Matz, with musical direction and arrangements by Lee Musiker.

I"m Confessin" (That I Love You)

Listen to I"m Confessin" (That I Love You) on Spotify. Tony Bennett, k.d. lang · Song · 2002.

This recording released on:

  • 2002: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 86734 — Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World
  • 2011: Disc #68 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK66) Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World

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