Long About Now

Fred Hellerman

Fred Hellerman

Composer Fred Hellerman
Lyricist Fran Minkoff
Year Written 1962
About Long About Now “Long About Now” was written by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers and Fran Minkoff. It was first recorded in 1962 by Harry Belafonte.


‘Long about now, my woman’s waking
Shaking the sleep from out of her eyes
Smiling a smile so warm
That smile is making the morning sun ashamed to rise

‘Long about now, my woman’s bending
Tending the fire and setting the bread
Starting a song, so sweet
That at its ending the fire is burning extra red

‘Long about now, my woman’s waiting
Shading the sun from off of her brow
Searching the winding road with eyes that try to find me
And longing after me ‘long about now
‘Long about now, ‘long about now

Session / Album Information


“Long About Now” was recorded on April 26, 1963 and released in 1963 on the album This Is All I Ask. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

Long About Now

Listen to Long About Now on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1963.

This recording released on:

  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8856 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2056 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 66504 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 2011: Disc #27 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK26) This Is All I Ask

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