Bassey, Shirley - All The Things You Are Lyrics




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





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  1. Mark Blackburn

    SHIRLEY BASSEY -- All The Things You Are
    Siriusly Sinatra satellite radio just played this song -- this version. As if speaking to me personally, saying: "Bet you never heard THIS version of your family's favorite song!" Sure enough I haven't. I've loved Shirley's singing since she sang the Bond movie theme song, "Goldfinger" (which shares the same three opening notes as MOON RIVER, ever notice? I'm sure Shirley has!)

    Is it at YouTube? Yes! And this 'most watched' version has a most uncharacteristically informed, informative, bio on the singer and the song (below):


    My Mom and Dad's favorite song (mine too!) Dad said the lyric "described your Mom to a 'T' " back when they met in high school, 1936. Six more years before they married, as Dad shipped off to war leaving Mom pregnant with my sister Andrea. She was two and a half the first time she spoke with him: "Hello, daddy." The melody as you may know is a riot of modulations/key changes that make it the most challenging song of all for a jazz virtuoso soloist. Yet easy to hum and whistle. Thanks for posting, Kevin Clarke. They just played this on Siriusly Sinatra satellite radio, prompting a posting at SinatraFamily.com a moment ago: https://sinatrafamily.com/forum/showthread.php/50225-My-Favorite-Version-%28yours-too-%29?p=1272732#post1272732


    -- Mark B of the frozen North


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgOX-x4GvOM


    1962 (Young Shirley Bassey recorded this wonderful track on her 1962 LP titled, (Shirley Bassey with Nelson Riddle, 'Shirley Bassey - Let's Face The Music' - Shirley started show business back in 1953 as a chorus girl, before shortly thereafter beginning her tremendously lucrative carer as a recording artist. This year (2012), Dame Shirley will be celebrating 59 years in the business. She is still performing and recording, and her last CD a few year back was a hit for her.


    LP Review by Bruce Eder:
    Bassey's fourth EMI/Columbia album is regarded as the magnum opus of her pre-Goldfinger career, bringing her together with conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle. (Ironically, it was Riddle's still being under contract to Capitol Records which prevented him from working with Sinatra on Reprise at the time, that made this record possible).

    Riddle approached this album from the standpoint that less is more, providing elegant and subdued accompaniment that emphasized the strings. Bassey's voice comes across with a delicacy of nuance that is startling to hear, achieving new levels of subtlety on this album. One may disagree with the order of the songs -- the moodily expressive "I Should Care," reminiscent of Judy Garland at her best, would be the ideal opener -- but not with the overall content of this album.

    Throughout Let's Face the Music, one almost gets a sense of Bassey slipping inside these songs, becoming part of them and they her, rather than merely performing them. The interpretations are fresh in other respects as well, with works such as "Let's Fall in Love" or "The Second Time Around" given unexpectedly slow tempos that work beautifully.

    Riddle is so careful and measured in his every orchestral nuance of this record, that he leaves us open to surprises at many points, perhaps most startlingly the sudden appearance of a harp glissando on "Spring Is Here," after we've been lulled into the expectation that no part of this orchestra will play full-out.

    Re-released in the late 1990s as part of EMI's anniversary reissue series, remastered in 24-bit sound.

    ABOUT the song, 'All The Things You Are:
    "All the Things You Are" is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was written for the musical Very Warm for May (1939), where it was introduced by Hiram Sherman, Frances Mercer, Hollace Shaw, and Ralph Stuart. It was later featured in the film Broadway Rhythm (1944), and was performed during the opening credits and as a recurring theme for the romantic comedy A Letter for Evie (1945). It was used in the 2005 film Mrs. Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench.

    The song ranked in the top five of the Record Buying Guide of Billboard, a pre-retail listing which surveyed primarily the jukebox industry. Recordings by Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Frankie Masters propelled the song during its initial popularity.

    Special Thanks to Pieter and Astrid from the Shirley Bassey blog and all those who have provided wonderful pictures of Shirley

  2. Paul S

    One of those songs I would have loved her to have performed later in life, particularly in the early 1990's when she was on fire!

  3. kevin clarke

    The lyrics to this song are so well put together.it makes me wish I could be a lyricist. Of course dame Shirley does it again!

    Mark Blackburn

    My Mom and Dad's favorite song (mine too!) Dad said the lyric "described your Mom to a 'T' " back when they met in high school, 1936. Six more years before they married, as Dad shipped off to war leaving Mom pregnant with my sister Andrea. She was two and a half the first time she spoke with him: "Hello, daddy." The melody as you may know is a riot of modulations/key changes that make it the most challenging song of all for a jazz virtuoso soloist. Yet easy to hum and whistle. Thanks for posting, Kevin Clarke. They just played this on Siriusly Sinatra satellite radio, prompting a posting at SinatraFamily.com a moment ago: https://sinatrafamily.com/forum/showthread.php/50225-My-Favorite-Version-%28yours-too-%29?p=1272732#post1272732
    -- Mark B of the frozen North

  4. Ruth Hildenbrandt

    an old saw of a song, but lovely. made even lovelier by the grreat dame of song. thanks.

  5. Radio Sobral City webradio

    THE NICE VOICE....MR. SHIRLEY THE BEST

  6. IFINEVERSING

    such a lovely song, Shirley in mellow mode, she was very goof all those years ago but she just got better and better.

  7. Shirley Bassey Music and Vids

    ATTENTION: Dame Shirley Bassey will be appearing at the 2013 Academy Awards Show In Hollywood on February 24th. She will perform for the 50th James Bond anniversary celebration! Wonderful News! Bassey is herself celebrating 60 (Diamond) years in Show Business, starting back in 1953.

  8. Shirley Bassey Music and Vids

    Happy Birthday Dame Shirley! I join all of your world wide fans to wish you a wonderful Birthday, and a most prosperous 2013. Your Diamond Anniversary in Show Business (60) years, is truely an amazing feat for any artist! We all are impatiently awaiting for you to record your next CD....hope hope hope, and maybe you will decide to tour the world to celebrate with all your fans...Regards, Scot

  9. Dorothy Guinn

    wonderful!!!