Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook Album

Artist(s): Ella Fitzgerald

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Tracklist

Let's Begin

length: 2:59
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Otto Harbach, Dorothy Fields

Before I met you no one attracted me
No love thoughts worried or distracted me
My disposition kept exempting me
Until you started in preempting me

And all this while, you've really been tempting me
Maybe you can tell me what we ought to do

Now that you've got me going, what you gonna do?
Is it up to me? Is it up to you?
What kind of game is this we've begun?
Was it done, just for fun?

We have necked, till I'm wrecked
Won't you tell me what you expect?
Is this to be a case of kiss and never tell?
Folly and farewell
Heaven or maybe hell

Which is it going to be, love or gin?
Wife or sin? Let's begin

(bridge)

We have necked, till I'm wrecked
Won't you tell me what you expect?
Is this to be a case of kiss and never tell?
Folly and farewell
Heaven or maybe hell

Which is it going to be, love or gin?
Wife or sin? Let's begin

A Fine Romance

length: 3:38
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
lyricist: Dorothy Fields
composer: Jerome Kern
publishing: Jerome Kern
A fine romance, with no kisses
A fine romance, my friend this is
We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes
But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes
A fine romance, you won't nestle
A fine romance, you won't wrestle
I might as well play bridge
With my old maid aunt
I haven't got a chance
This is a fine romance

A fine romance, my good fellow
You take romance, I'll take jello
You're calmer than the seals
In the arctic ocean
At least they flap their fins
To express emotion
A fine romance with no quarrels
With no insults and all morals
I've never mussed the crease
In your blue serge pants
I never get the chance
This is a fine romance

All the Things You Are

length: 3:19
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II, Oscar Hammerstein II
composer: Jerome Kern, Jerome Kern
Time and again I've longed for adventure,
Something to make my heart beat the faster.
What did I long for? I never really knew.
Finding your love I've found my adventure,
Touching your hand, my heart beats the faster,
All that I want in all of this world is you.

You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long.
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song.

You are the angel glow that lights a star,
The dearest things I know are what you are.
Some day my happy arms will hold you,
And some day I'll know that moment divine,
When all the things you are, are mine!

I'll Be Hard to Handle

length: 3:50
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Bernard Dougall, Dorothy Fields
Now we'll say till something do us part
That old dad of mine ain't got a heart
Any girl who's out for pleasure
Thinks of marriage only at her leisure
As it is, they've got the horse behind the cart

When my pop said we must wed,
He kind of wowed me, still I'm read-y
But one thing must be clear
At this time

I'll be hard to handle
I promise you that
And if you complain
Here's one little Jane
Who'll leave you flat

I'll be hard to handle
What else can I be
I say with a shrug
I think you're a mug
To marry me

When you first threw me a gander
I was willing to philander
But I never thought I'd have to be a bride
Now you're gonna find tough sledding
I don't want no shotgun wedding
I was only along for the ride

I'll be hard to handle
I'm telling you plain
Just be a dear
And scram out of here
I'm gonna raise cain

I'll be hard to handle
My bridges are burned
This wedding's a gag
And you're in the bag
Where I'm concerned

I'll be hard to handle
When we've said, "I do"
See there's no hope
I just got a dope
When I took you

I'll be living my life in bed
But they always will be twin beds
And I warn you, you'll be living like a monk
Our affair is now a past one
So don't think you've pulled a fast one
Just remember, I think you're a punk!

I'll be hard to handle
I'm no ball and chain
I'll find some means
To call the Marines
I'm gonna raise cain

Gonna raise cain
I'm telling you plain
I'm gonna raise cain

You Couldn't Be Cuter

length: 3:15
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Dorothy Fields
You couldn't be cuter
Plus that
You couldn't be smarter
Plus that
Intelligent face
You have a disgrace
Full charm
For me

You couldn't be keener
You look so fresh from the cleaner
You are the little grand slam
I'll take to my fam-
Ily

My ma will show you an album of me that'll bore you to tears
And you'll attract all the relatives we have dodged for years and years

And what will they tell me?
Exactly, what will they tell me
Let's say you couldn't be nicer
Couldn't be sweeter
Couldn't be better
Couldn't be smoother
Couldn't be cuter, baby, than you are

My ma will show you an album of me that'll bore you to tears
And you'll attract all the relatives we have dodged for years and years

And what will they tell me?
I know just what they will tell me
They'll say you couldn't be nicer
Couldn't be sweeter
Couldn't be better
Couldn't be smoother
Couldn't be cuter, baby, than you are

She Didn't Say Yes

length: 3:23
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Otto Harbach
She didn't say yes
She didn't say no
She didn't say stay
She didn't say go

She only knew that he had spied her there
And then she knew he sat beside her there

At first there was heard not one little word
Then coyly she took one sly little look
And something awoke and smiled inside
Her heart began beating wild inside

So what did she do?
I leave it to you
She did just what you'd do too

She didn't say yes
She didn't say no
They very soon stood beside his chateau
They lingered like two poor waifs outside
For well she knew `twas only safe outside

In there it was warm, out there it was cold
The sleet and the storm said, "Better be bold"
She murmured, "I'm not afraid of ice,
I only wish that I was made of ice"

So what did she do?
I leave it to you
She did just what you'd do too

She didn't say yes
She didn't say no
She wanted to stay
But knew she should go

She wasn't so sure that he'd be good
She wasn't even sure that she'd be good

She wanted to rest
All cuddled and pressed
A palpable part of somebody's heart
She'd love to be on rapport with him
But not behind a bolted door with him

And what did she do?
I leave it to you
She did just what you'd do too

She didn't say yes
She didn't say no
For heaven was near
She wanted it so

Above her sweet love was beckoning
And yet she knew there'd be a reckoning

She wanted to climb
But dreaded to fall
So bided her time
And clung to the wall

She wanted to act ad libitum
But feared to lose her equilibrium

So what did she do?
I leave it to you
She did just what you'd do too

I'm Old Fashioned

length: 3:29
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Johnny Mercer
I am not such a clever one
About the latest fads
I admit I was never one
Adored by local lads

Not that I ever try to be a saint
I'm the type that they classify as quaint

I'm old fashioned
I love the moonlight
I love the old fashioned things

The sound of rain
Upon a window pane
The starry song that April sings

This year's fancies
Are passing fancies
But sighing sighs holding hands
These my heart understands

I know I'm old fashioned
But I don't mind it
That's how I want to be
As long as you agree
To stay old fashioned with me

I'm old fashioned
But I don't mind it
That's how I want to be
As long as you agree
To stay old fashioned with me

Oh won't you stay old fashioned with me
Oh please stay old fashioned with me

Remind Me

length: 3:52
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Dorothy Fields
Turn off that charm
I'm through with love for awhile
I'm through and yet, you have a fabulous smile
So if I forget

Remind me
Not to find you so attractive
Remind me
That the world is full of men

When I start to miss you
To touch your hand
To kiss you
Remind me
To count to ten

I had a feeling when I met you
You'd drive me crazy if I let you
But all my efforts to forget you
Remind me I'm in love again

I get my heart, well in hand, and I'm certain
That I can take you, or leave you alone
Then you begin that beguine again
And boom, I give in , again
I have a will made of steel, my friend
But when it seems about to bend

Remind me
Not to mention that I love you
Remind me
To be sorry that we met

Although I adore you
Remind me to ignore you
You're one thing I will regret

So when your charm begins to blind me
I'll simply tie my hands behind me
Don't let me kiss you please, remind me
Unless, my darling, you forget

The Way You Look Tonight

length: 4:30
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
lyricist: Dorothy Fields
composer: Jerome Kern
publishing: Jerome Kern
Some day, when I'm awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you

And the way you look tonight.
Yes you're lovely, with your smile so warm
And your cheeks so soft,
There is nothing for me but to love you,
And the way you look tonight.
With each word your tenderness grows,
Tearing my fear apart

And that laugh that wrinkles your nose,
It touches my foolish heart.
Lovely
Never, ever change.
Keep that breathless charm.
Won't you please arrange it ?
'Cause I love you

Just the way you look tonight.
Mm, Mm, Mm, Mm,
Just the way you look to-night.

Yesterdays

length: 2:53
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Otto Harbach
Yesterdays
Yesterdays
Days I knew as happy sweet
Sequestered days
Olden days
Golden days

Days of mad romance and love
Then gay youth was mine
And truth was mine
Joyous free and flaming life
Forsooth was mine

Sad am I
Glad am I
For today I'm dreaming of
Of yesterdays
Then gay youth was mine
The truth was mine

Sad am I
Glad am I
For today I'm dreaming of
Of yesterdays

Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

length: 3:56
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
composer: Jerome Kern
Oh listen, sister,
I love my mister man,
And I can't tell yo' why,
Dere ain't no reason
Why I should love dat man.
It must be sumpin' dat de angels done plan.

Fish got to swim, birds got to fly,
I got to love one man till I die.
Can't help lovin' that man of mine.
Tell me he's lazy, tell me he's slow,
Tell me I'm crazy (maybe I know).
Can't help lovin' that man of mine.
When he goes away
Dat's a rainy day,
But when he comes back that day is fine,
De sun will shine!
He kin come home as late as kin be,
Home widout him ain't no home to me.
Can't help lovin' that man of mine.

My man is shif'less
An' good for nuthin' too
(He's mah man jes' de same)

He's never round here
When dere is work to do.
He's never round here when dere's workin' to do.
De chimbley's smokin',
De roof is leakin' in,
But he don't seem to care.
He kin be happy
Wid jes' a sip of gin.
Ah even love him when his kisses got gin!

Why Was I Born?

length: 3:44
producer: Norman Granz
engineer: Val Valentin
arranger: Nelson Riddle
conductor: Nelson Riddle
performer: Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
lead vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
Spending these lonesome evenings
With nothing to do
But to live in dreams that I make up
All by myself

Dreaming that you're beside me
I picture the prettiest stories
Only to wake up
All by myself

What is the good of me by myself?

Why was I born?
Why am I living?
What do I get?
What am I giving?

Why do I want a thing
I daren't hope for?
What can I hope for?
I wish I knew

Why do I try
To draw you near me?
Why do I do I cry?
You never hear me

I'm a poor fool
But what can I do?
Why was I born
To love you?

I'm a poor fool
But what can I do?
Why was I born
To love you?