Steve Allen's Songs: 100 Lyrics with Commentary

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 148 pages
To most Americans, Steve Allen is a comedian whose ground-breaking work on The Tonight Show and The Steve Allen Show still inspires comics and writers. But Steve Allen is also a tremendously prolific and passionate composer and lyricist who has written some 8,000 songs. Here are collected the lyrics to 100 of his favorites, including "This Could Be the Start of Something Big, " "Gravy Waltz, " "The South Rampart Street Parade, " and the themes to Picnic, On the Beach, and Bell, Book, and Candle. From Dixieland to jazz to blues, Allens lyrics resonate with romance and insight, often punctuated by humor. Allen provides a commentary for each song. The foreword is contributed by noted author, critic, and jazz historian Gene Lees.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Gene Lees
1
Preface
3
A Song Writer Takes the Stand from Steve Allens Almanac Cosmopolitan magazine
5
Collage
8
Spring Is Where You Are
10
This Could Be the Start of Something Big
11
Youre Something
14
Gravy Waltz
15
You Might as Well Give Up
77
Saturday Evening Post
78
Aint No Bad Time
79
Millions and Millions of People
80
Never Again
81
What Ever Happened to Romance?
82
Happy Birthday My Love
84
We Might Have Been Wonderful
85

How Dare You Sir?
16
Called Today
18
Think Weve Kinda Lost Our Way
19
An Old Piano Plays the Blues
21
Convince Me
22
Impossible
23
Kiss Me with a Smile
25
Life
26
Picnic
27
Solitaire
28
The South Rampart Street Parade
30
Oh How Slow
34
Theme from Bell Book and Candle
35
Cold
36
Emotions
37
The Final Curtain
39
Laugh
40
When Stellas in the Room
41
Depend on Me
42
Hello Goodbye Thats Life
44
Your Wife Is the Love of My Life
46
After You
48
The Time of My Life
49
Nice Little Girls
50
The Things My Heart Tells Me
51
Table of Contents 31 I Love You Today
52
Beautiful Women
53
One Little Thing
55
After Awhile
57
Hate New York
58
You May Have Been Loved Before
60
Strawberry Wine
61
The Things We Never Got to Do
62
Wheres My Dream?
64
Theres No Way Home
65
Keep It from Me
66
The Loveliest Garden That Ive Ever Seen
68
Oh That Face
69
If You Were My Baby All the Time
70
Pretend You Dont See Her My Heart
71
Houseboat
72
Cool Yule
73
Oh What a Night for Love
74
Everybody Seems to Know I Love You
75
Nicotine and Caffeine and Cathleen
76
Theres a Girl in My Dreams
86
Golden Gate
88
The Girl Cant Help It
90
Dont Cry Little Girl
91
Lets Do It Again
92
Something Mysterious
93
The House at Malibu
94
ThataGirl
95
Could You Be the One?
96
Sunday in Town
97
My Wild Imagination
99
Francesca
101
Dont Know If Youre the Love of My Life
102
Do Not Think of You
103
Can See It All Now
105
If I Only Had the Chance
106
Goodbye Mr Evans
108
Barbecued Ribs
110
A Clown Standing in the Rain
111
Talk to You Every Day
112
Tell Me Your Dreams
113
Were Missing Mr Porter
114
There She He Goes
115
Mr New York
116
Dream Again
118
Funny Lady
119
What Will I Do When We Meet Again?
120
Junior Prom
121
On the Beach
123
Wheelchairs Crutches and Canes
125
Stop Me Before I Shop Again
127
Youre Just a White Man Singin Like a Black Man
130
Cutie Pants
132
What Kind of Fool?
134
And Even Then
135
Its Gehockta Leber Day
136
Im Too Depressed to Sing the Blues
138
In a Little Dumb Cafe
140
When Im in Love
141
If I Should Get to Heaven
142
That Old Time Jazz
144
Therell Come a Happy Day
146
Index of Song Titles
147
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