It Only Happens When I Dance With You

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Year Written 1948
About It Only Happens When I Dance With You
It Only Happens When I Dance With You is one of the many fine songs that Irving Berlin wrote for the 1948 film Easter Parade, which starred Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.


It only happens when I dance with you
That trip to Heaven till the dance is through

With no one else do the Heavens seem quite so near
Why does it happen, dear only with you?

Two cheeks together can be so divine
But only when those cheeks are yours and mine

I’ve danced with dozens of others the whole night through
But the thrill that comes with Spring
When anything could happen
That only happens with you

Session / Album Information


“It Only Happens When I Dance With You” was recorded in July 1993 and was released that year on Steppin’ Out. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 57424 — Steppin’ Out
  • 2011: Disc #59 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK58) Steppin’ Out

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