You Showed Me The Way

Songwriters Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, Teddy McRae, Bud Green
Year Written 1937
About You Showed Me The Way
Ella Fitzgerald co-wrote this song when she was just 18 years old and singing with Chick Webb at the Savoy Ballroom. The song eloquently describes her joy and thanks for working with Webb.


You showed me the way
You showed me the way
When I was someone in distress
A heart in search of happiness
You showed me the way
My sky was so grey
I never knew I’d feel a thrill
I couldn’t dream a dream until
You showed me the way

The moment you found me
The shadows around me
Just disappeared from view
The world became rosy
Each corner so cosy
Darling, all because of you
You showed me the way
And if I’ve learned that love can be a paradise
For you and me
Here’s all I can say
You showed me the way

Session / Album Information


“You Showed Me The Way” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. It was arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

You Showed Me the Way

Listen to You Showed Me the Way on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1995.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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