Tunes on Tuesday

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart.jpg

In the early days of the music industry, there were far fewer protections in place for song writers than there are today, which is to say they made a lot less money – and credit – for their creations. And a popular song could be performed and recorded by numerous different musicians without being held accountable to the original songwriters.  “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” was composed in 1938 by the unforgettable Duke Ellington, with lyrics added by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond.  Three lyricists working together came up with this:

I let a song go out of my heart
It was the sweetest melody
I know I lost heaven 'cause you were the song

Since you and I have drifted apart
Life doesn't mean a thing to me
Please come back, sweet music, I know I was wrong

Am I too late to make amends?
You know that we were meant to be more than just friends, just friends

I let a song go out of my heart
Believe me, darlin', when I say
I won't know sweet music until you return some day

I let a song go out of my heart
Believe me, darlin', when I say
I won't know sweet music until you return some day

 

The song definitely struck a chord, because it reached number one upon its release for Ellington when he recorded it.  It was also a hit – the same year – for Benny Goodman (with Martha Tilton singing), Connee Boswell, Hot Lips Page, and Mildred Bailey.  Over the years since then, other luminaries have also recorded their own versions of it, including Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Thelonious Monk.  Clearly, no one is ready to let this song go out of their hearts!