They Didn’t Believe Me

Composer Jerome Kern
Lyricist Herbert Reynolds
Year Written 1914
About Dearly Beloved
“They Didn’t Believe Me” was written for the 1942 musical The Girl From Utah. The song became a standard, including it being reused in the 1949 movie The Midnight Kiss, in a duet with Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson. It has been widely recorded by singers, including Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, and Bing Crosby. Instrumental recordings include those by Marian McPartland, Charlie Parker, and Stan Kenton.


And when I told them how beautiful you are
They didn’t believe me, they didn’t believe me
Your lips, your eyes, your cheeks, your hair
Are in a class beyond compare
You’re the loveliest girl that one could see
And when I tell them
And I certainly am goin’ to tell them
That I’m the man whose wife one day you’ll be
They’ll never believe me, they’ll never believe me
That from this great big world you’ve chosen me

Session / Album Information


“They Didn’t Believe Me” was recorded for the 2015 album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

They Didn"t Believe Me

Listen to They Didn"t Believe Me on Spotify. Tony Bennett, Bill Charlap · Song · 2015.

This recording released on:

  • 2015: Columbia/RPM CD: 88875 145742 — The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

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