Song A Day Challenge Day 2

I am supposed to nominate two people but I’m not going to do that today.

You can find the details of the challenge here


My choice today is a piece by the British born composer Ray Noble. The song has become a Jazz standard and is perhaps best known by the version by Al Bowlly which featured in Dennis Potter’s Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective.

76 years ago this week, singer Al Bowlly decided to ignore the Air Raid warnings and sleep in his own bed, a foolish mistake which cost him his life as he is flat was bombed.

The lyrics

I don’t need your photograph to keep by my bed
Your picture is always in my head
I don’t need you portrait, dear, to call you to mind
For sleeping or waking, dear, I find

The very thought of you
And I forget to do
The little ordinary things
That everyone ought to do

I’m living in a kind of daydream
I’m happy as a queen
And foolish though it may seem
To me that’s everything

The mere idea of you
The longing I hear for you
You’ll never know
How slow the moments go
Till I’m near to you

I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you,
The very thought of you, my love

Again, this is another song which often has the opening stanza omitted when performed, again I do not know why.



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