The Man I Love
Words:Ira Gershwin
Music:George Gershwin
Performed By:  Ella Fitzgerald (1956), Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday
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Track Title:               The Man I Love

Album Title:               George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, disc 10
Prime Artist:              Ella Fitzgerald
Arranger:                  Nelson Riddle
Lyrics by:                 Ira Gershwin     (b. Israel Gershvin)

Music by:                  George Gershwin     (b. Jacob Gershvin)
Producer:                  Norman Granz
Orchestra:                 Nelson Riddle
From:                      Popular Song
From:                      1924

Validated by Todd Peach (

"The Man I Love" had the odd distinction of becoming a recognized 
standard despite its having been (1) thrown out of the musical for which 
it had been written ("Lady, Be Good!" in 1924); (2) sung in a show that 
flopped on the road (the 1927 "Strike Up the Band"); (3) added to and then 
cut from a third musical ("Rosalie"); (4) rejected when "Strike Up the 
Band" was successfully revised in 1929. The reason for the last situation 
was ironic: the song had become too well known!


Someday he'll come along, the man I love
And he'll be big and strong, the man I love
And when he comes my way
I'll do my best to make him stay

He'll look at me and smile,
I'll understand
And in a little while he'll take my hand
And though it seems absurd
I know we both won't say a word

Maybe I shall meet him Sunday
Maybe Monday, maybe not
Still I'm sure to meet him one day
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day

He'll build a little home, just meant for two
From which we'll never roam; Who would, would you?
And so all else above I'm waiting for the man I love
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