Punch and Judy Love

Bob Merrill, 1950

Bob Merrill, 1950

Composer and Lyricist Bob Merrill
Year Written unknown
About Punch and Judy Love
Bob Merrill began his career as a popular and novelty songwriter in the 1950s and had many great hits, including “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window” and “If I’d Known You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake.” He went on to compose some of Broadway’s most popular musicals, including Funny Girl, Take Me Along and Carnival.


It’s a Punch and Judy love you hand me
Kiss and run, touch and go,
Like a Punch and Judy show
And I do whatever you commend me
For I must have your kiss or I’ll die

Though a Punch and Judy show is fun, dear
Pay a dime and you’ll learn
Every time the tables turn

Are you smart to break my heart and run, dear
You may cry when the curtain goes down
That’s the danger of
Punch and Judy love

Session / Album Information


“Punch and Judy Love” was recorded on September 24, 1954 and released the following year as a single.

Punch And Judy Love

Listen to Punch And Judy Love on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1955: Columbia 78: 40491
  • 1955: Columbia 45: 4-40491
  • 1960: Philips 78: PB 477
  • 2009: Jasmine CD: JASCD 513 — And Then I Wrote…: Bob Merrill
  • 2011: Disc #5 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK5) The Columbia Singles, Volume 3

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