It Never Was You

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson

Composer Kurt Weill
Lyricist Maxwell Anderson
Year Written 1938
About It Never Was You
This song was written for the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday, the score of which also included “September Song.”


I’ve been hunting through the woods
I’ve been fishing over water
For one certain girl
Who’s a certain father’s daughter

I’ve been following trails
I’ve been staring after ships
For a certain pair of eyes
And a certain pair lips

Yes, I’ve looked everywhere
Where you can look without wings
And I’ve found a great variety
Of interesting things

But it never was you
It never was anywhere you
An occasional sunset reminded me
Or a flower hanging high on a tulip tree
Or one red star hung low in the west
Or a heart-break call from a meadowlark’s nest
Made me think for a moment
Maybe its true
I found her in the star
In the call
In the blue
But it never was you
It never was anywhere you

Session / Album Information


It Never Was You was recorded on April 6, 1961 and released in 1961 on the album My Heart Sings. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

It Never Was You

Listen to It Never Was You on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1961.

This recording released on:

  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8458 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1658 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7495 — My Heart Sings (UK)
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5245 — My Heart Sings [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #20 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK20) My Heart Sings

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