Someone To Light Up My Life

Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyricist (Portuguese) Vinicius DeMoraes
Lyricist (English) Gene Lees
Year Written 1954
About Someone To Light Up My Life
This song, known as “Se Todos Fossem Iguals A Voce” in the original Portuguese, was written for a 1956 Brazilian play based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice called Ofreu da Conceicao, which served as the basis for the 1959 film Black Orpheus. Jobim’s score for the play embodies the samba and bossa nova styles, of course, which at that time, had yet to find audiences outside of Brazil. This all changed with the 1959 film Black Orpheus, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.


Go on your way with the cloudless blue sky above
May all your days be a wonderful song of love
Open your arms and sing of all the hidden hopes you’ll ever treasure
And live out your life in peace

Where shall I look for the love to replace you
Someone to light up my life
Someone with strange little ways
Eyes like a blue autumn haze
Someone with your laughing style
And a smile that I know will keep haunting me endlessly

Sometimes in stars or the swift flight of seabirds
I catch a moment of you
Thats why I walk all alone
Searching for something unknown
Searching for something or someone to light up my life

Session / Album Information


“Someone To Light Up My Life” was recorded on September 11, 1972 and released that year on the album The Good Things In Life. It was arranged by Robert Farnon.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: MGM LP 12″: MV-5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Verve LP 12″: V6 5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #45 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK44) The Good Things In Life

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