Maybe This Time

Composer John Kander
Lyricist Fred Ebb
Year Written 1963
About Maybe This Time
“Maybe This Time” appeared in the film version of was Cabaret. It was not written for the original Broadway production. Nor was it written especially for the film version; Kander and Ebb had written the song in 1963 for Kaye Ballard. It was therefore not eligible for consideration for an Academy Award. The song is, of course, widely associated with Liza Minnelli, who sang it in the film version of Cabaret. Tony Bennett sings the song regularly at his concerts.


Maybe this time, I’ll be lucky
Maybe this time she’ll stay
Maybe this time, for the first time
Love won’t wander away

She’s gonna hold me fast
And I’ll be home at last
Not a loser anymore
Not like the last time, and the time before

Everybody loves a winner
But nobody loves me
Mr. Peaceful, Mr. Happy
That’s what I want to be

All of the odds are, in my favor
Something’s bound to begin
It’s gotta happen, happen sometime
Maybe this time I’ll win

Session / Album Information


“Maybe This Time” was recorded on February 26, 1972  and released the same year on the album With Love. It was arranged by Robert Farnon.

Maybe This Time

Listen to Maybe This Time on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1972.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: Columbia 45: 4-45613
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KC 31460 — With Love
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KG 31494 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: CBS 68200 — All-Time Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65316 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1999: Sony International CD: 91207 — The Essential Tony Bennett: A Retrospective
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #44 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK43) With Love


“Maybe This Time” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Liza Minnelli. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

Maybe This Time

Listen to Maybe This Time on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1995.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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