Please Driver (Once Around The Park Again)

Songwriter Chilton Price
Year Written ca. 1953
About Please Driver (Once Around The Park Again)
Chilton Price was from Kentucky and played violin in the Louisville Orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she was working as a music librarian at a local radio station and the opportunity to show Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart some of the songs she had composed. They helped her get started with introductions in the music industry. In addition to “Please Driver,” she is also known for “You Belong To Me,” which was recorded by Dean Martin and Jo Stafford, among others. Born in 1913, Ms. Price passed away in 2010, at the age of 96.


Please driver, drive around the park again
I’m all alone tonight
Though it’s wrong I know to miss her so
No one else would seem quite right

So please driver, once around the park again
You’ve heard this tale before
I could call some friend but why pretend
In the end, I’d miss her more

She used to love the park in winter
The trees tonight are snowy white
We drove around like this ’til dawn last New Year’s Eve
To think she’d leave me

Please driver, once around the park again
I can’t believe she’s gone
If she only knew, but why bore you
Such is life and life goes on.

Session / Album Information


“Please Driver (Once Around The Park Again)” was recorded on December 4, 1953 and released the following year as a single.

Please Driver (Once Around The Park Again)

Listen to Please Driver (Once Around The Park Again) on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1954: Columbia 78: 40213
  • 1954: Columbia 45: 4-40213
  • 1955: Columbia LP 10″: CL 2507 — Alone At Last
  • 2005: ASV/Living Era CD: 5512 — Take My Hand…
  • 2006: Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8120803 — While We’re Young: Original Recordings 1950-1955
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #5 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK5) The Columbia Singles, Volume 3

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