Long Ago and Far Away

Long Ago And Far Away
Composer Jerome Kern
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Year Written 1944
About Long Ago and Far Away
“Long Ago and Far Away” was written for the 1944 film musical Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. In the film, the song was sung by Rita Hayworth to Gene Kelly. At the time of movie’s release, there were four versions of the song that all charted at the same time by Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and Perry Como.


Long ago and far away, I dreamed a dream one day
And now that dream is here beside me
Long the skies were overcast but now the clouds have passed
You’re here at last

Chills run up and down my spine, Aladdin’s lamp is mine
The dream I dreamed was not denied me
Just one look and then I knew
That all I longed for long ago was you

Session / Album Information


“Long Ago and Far Away” was recorded on April 9, 1958 and released in 1958 on the album Long Ago and Far Away. It was arranged by Frank DeVol.

Long Ago (And Far Away)

Listen to Long Ago (And Far Away) on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1958.

This recording also released on:

  • 1958: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1186 — Long Ago And Far Away
  • 2011: Disc #12 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK12) Long Ago and Far Away

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