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Q (Frank Staplin) 11 Oct 09 - 05:30 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Body and Soul
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 05:30 PM

Lyr. Add: Body and Soul
John W. Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
"Three's a Crowd," Libby Holman, 1930

You're making me blue
All that you do
Seems unfair
You try not to hear
Turn a deaf ear
To my prayer.
It seems you don't want to see
What you are doing to me.
My arms are waiting to caress you
And to my heart they long to press you
Sweetheart.

My heart is sad and lonely
For you I sigh
For you, dear, only.
Why haven't you seen it?
I'm all for you,
Body and soul.

I spend my days in longing
And wondering why it's me you're wronging.
I tell you I mean it,
I'm all for you
Body and soul.

I cant believe it,
It's hard to conceive it
That you'd turn away romance.
Are you pretending?
It looks like the ending,
Unless I could have one more chance to prove, dear

My life's a wreck you're making
You know I'm yours just for the taking
I'd gladly surrender myself to you,
Body and soul.
[Repeat this verse]

*(My life's a hell you're making
You know I'm yours just for the taking
I'd gladly surrender myself to you
Body and soul.)

(Life's dreary for me
Days seem to be as long as years
I've looked for the sun
But can see none
Through my tears)

(Your heart must be like a stone
To leave me like this alone
When you could make my life worth living
By taking what I'm set on giving,
Sweetheart.)

My heart is sad and lonely
For you I cry
For you, dear, only.
I tell you I mean it
I'm all for you
Body and soul.

*( ) Verses used by Billie Holiday.

There may be some errors in the text, but I think it is close to correct. Lyrics definitely identified as those of Libby Holman not found.

First recorded by Paul Whiteman in the U. S. in 1930, it was Louis Armstrong, also in 1930, that brought it to the attention of jazz musicians. Johnny Green was only 22 when he wrote the music. Coleman Hawkins and his tenor saxophone made it a jazz standard.
There are some 3000 versions, according to a WICN, New England public radio article. In England, Jack Hylton and his Orchestra played it in 1930.

ASCAP Title Code 320073596, authors given are Green, Heyman and Sour.
Publishers and Administrators are Quartet Music, Range Road Music Inc, and W B Music Corporation.


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