Carmen Ezgeta

lyrics by   Otto Harbach                               music by   Jerome Kern

             (1873 - 1963)                                                                  (1885 - 1945) 

      
( for the musical "Roberta" in 1933 )

Otto Harbach
Jerome Kern

Smoke gets in your eyes

(1932)

They, asked me how I knew,
     My true love was true,
         I of course replied, something here inside,
         Can not be denied.

           They, said some day you'll find,
         All who love are blind,
           When you heart's on fire, you must realize,
             Smoke gets in your eyes.

             So I chaffed them, and I gaily laughed,
           To think they would doubt our love,
           And yet today, my love has gone away,
           I am without my love.

         Now laughing friends deride,
         Tears I cannot hide,
       So I smile and say, when a lovely flame dies,
     Smoke gets in your eyes,

Smoke gets in your eyes.

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is a show tune written by American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach for their 1933 operetta Roberta.
It was performed by Irene Dunne for the 1935 film adaptation, costarring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott.
It has been covered by numerous artists, beginning with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with Bob Lawrence on vocal, which went to the top of the charts in 1934,
and including Nat "King" Cole who first covered it in 1946. Possibly the most famous version was recorded in 1958 by the doo wop group The Platters,
which became a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.

performed by:  Nat "King" Cole, The Platters, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Engelbert Humperdinck, Patti Austin, Peggy Lee,
Led Zeppelin (a part of the song), Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, George Melachrino, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Ray Conniff,
Dinah Washington, Richard Clayderman, David Sanborn, Margaret Whiting, Serge Gainsbour...

 

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