How Long Has This Been Going On? Lyrics - Jimmy Raney

Jimmy Raney Jimmy Raney featuring Bob Brookmeyer cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1956
length: 4:34
producer: Creed Taylor
piano: Dick Katz
bass: Teddy Kotick
drums (drum set): Osie Johnson
guitar: Jimmy Raney
valve trombone: Bob Brookmeyer
composer: George Gershwin
lyricist: Ira Gershwin
As a tot, when I trotted in little velvet panties,
I was kissed by my sisters, my cousins, and my aunties.
Sad to tell, it was hell, an inferno worse than Dante's.

So my dear I swore,
"Never, never more !"
On my list, I insisted that kissing must be crossed out.
Now, I find I was blind, and oh my!
How I lost out!

I could cry salty tears,
Where have I been all these years?
Little wow, tell me now,
How long has this been going on?

There were chills up my spine,
And some thrills I can't define.
Listen, sweet, I repeat,
How long has this been going on?

Oh, I feel that I could melt,
Into Heaven I'm hurled!
I know how Columbus felt,
Finding another world.

Kiss me once, then once more.
What a dunce I was before.
What a break!
For Heaven's sake!
How long has this been going on?

Dear, when in your arms I creep,
That divine rendezvous,
Don't wake me, if I'm asleep,
Let me dream that it's true!

Kiss me twice, then once more.
That makes thrice, let's make it four!
What a break!
For Heaven's sake!
How long has this been going on?
How long has this, been going on?

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Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Isn't It Romantic?
  • 2 How Long Has This Been Going On?
  • 3 No Male for Me
  • 4 The Flag Is Up
  • 5 Get Off That Roof
  • 6 Jim's Tune
  • 7 Nobody Else but Me
  • 8 Too Late Now