SONG OF THE DAY: Body and Soul

‘Body and Soul’

 

Performed by: Louis Armstrong

 

Written by: Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton; and music by Johnny Green.

 

Released in: 1930

 

The story behind the song: The song was written in New York Gertrude Lawrence, a British actress who made the song popular amongst London audiences. The first jazz artist to perform the song was Louis Armstrong. ‘Body and Soul’ is the most recorded jazz standard of all time.

 

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Lyrics:

My days have grown so lonely

For you I cry, for you dear only

Why haven't you seen it

I'm all for you body and soul

I spend my days in longin'

I'm wondering why it's me you're wronging

I tell you I mean it

I'm all for you body and soul

I can't believe it

It's hard to conceive it

That you'd throw away romance

Are you pretending

It looks like the ending

Unless I can have one more chance to prove, dear

My life a hell you're making

You know I'm yours for just the taking

I'd gladly surrender

Myself to you body and soul

What lies before me

A future that's stormy

A winter that's gray and cold

Unless there's magic the end will be tragic

And echo a tale that's been told so often

My life revolves about you

What earthly good am I without you

Oh I tell you I mean it

I'm all for you body and soul

 

Some famous covers:

Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse:

Billie Holiday: