Now It Can Be Told

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Year Written 1938
About Now It Can Be Told
“Now It Can Be Told” was written for the 1938 film Alexander’s Ragtime Band, where it was introduced by Don Ameche and Alice Faye. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best song (it lost to “Thanks For the Memory”), though the score for the film won the Academy Award. In addition to Tony Bennett’s recording, it has been recorded by Bing Crosby, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Ray Noble Orchestra with Frankie Laine and Teddy Wilson.


All the world’s great lovers have been glorified
History placed them in a romantic set
In between book covers they are side by side
But the real thing hasn’t been written yet

Now it can be told
Told in all it’s glory
Now that we have met
The world may know the sentimental story

The greatest romance they ever knew
Is waiting to

Now it can be told
As an inspiration
Every other tale
Of boy meets girl is just an imitation

The great love story
Has never been told before
But now
Now it can be told

Session / Album Information


“Now It Can Be Told” was recorded in May 1987 and was released that year on Bennett/Berlin. This song was arranged by Tony Bennett.

Now It Can Be Told

Listen to Now It Can Be Told on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1987.

This recording released on:

  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: FC 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4604501 — Bennett/Berlin (Neth.)
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4604501 — Bennett/Berlin (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CK 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1988: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-893 — Bennett/Berlin [Japan]
  • 1994: Columbia CD: CK 66184 — It Could Happen To You – Soundtrack
  • 2011: Disc #56 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK55) Bennett/Berlin

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