Composer Hoagy Carmichael
Lyricist Mitchell Parish
Year Written Music (1927), lyrics (1929)
About Stardust
This early song by Hoagy Carmichael is one of the best and most enduring songs in the American songbook. It is also one of the most widely recorded, with over 1500 different recordings. In 2004, Carmichael’s original 1927 recording was one of fifty recordings chosen by The Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.


Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely nights dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you

When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
Ah but that was long ago
Now my consolation is in the stardust of a song

Beside the garden wall
When stars are bright, you are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
Of paradise where roses grew

Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love’s refrain

Session / Album Information

ca. 2002

“Stardust” was recorded with Lee Musiker (piano), Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Clayton Cameron (drums). This recording is a previously unreleased outtake from A Wonderful World. It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

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