The Glory Of Love

Composer and Lyricist Billy Hill
Year Written 1936
About The Glory of Love
Although written in 1938, “The Glory of Love” served as the theme song for the 1967 film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which starred Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy; it was Tracy’s last film–he died in October, 1967. The song was first recorded in 1936 by Benny Goodman and that recording reached #1 on the charts. The song has also been recorded by Count Basie, Jimmy Durante and Peggy Lee. Paul McCartney recorded it for his 2012 album of standards, Kisses On The Bottom.


You’ve got to give a little, take a little
And let your poor heart to break a little
That’s the story of
That’s the glory of love

You’ve got to laugh a little, cry a little
Until the clouds roll by a little
That’s the story of
That’s the glory of love

As long as there’s the two of us
We’ve got the world and all it’s charms
And when the world is through with us
We’ve got each others arms

You’ve got to win a little, lose a little
And always have to blues a little
That’s the story of
That’s the glory of love

Session / Album Information


“The Glory Of Love” was recorded on January 15, 1968 and released that year as a single. Bennett sings this song with his friend from San Francisco, Dominic Germano. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

The Glory Of Love

Listen to The Glory Of Love on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1968: Columbia 45: 4-44443
  • 1968: CBS 45: 3370
  • 2011: Disc #8 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK8) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 6

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