Is That All There Is?

Album: Is That All There Is? (1969)
Charted: 11
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  • I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire
    I'll never forget the look on my father's face as he gathered me up
    In his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement
    And I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames
    And when it was all over I said to myself, is that all there is to a fire?

    Is that all there is, is that all there is
    If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
    Let's break out the booze and have a ball
    If that's all there is

    And when I was twelve years old, my father took me to a circus, the greatest show on earth
    There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears
    And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads
    And as I sat there watching
    I had the feeling that something was missing
    I don't know what, but when it was over
    I said to myself, "is that all there is to the circus?

    Is that all there is, is that all there is
    If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
    Let's break out the booze and have a ball
    If that's all there is

    And then I fell in love with the most wonderful boy in the world
    We'd take take long walks down by the river or just sit for hours gazing into each other's eyes
    We were so very much in love
    And then one day he went away and I thought I'd die, but I didn't
    And when I didn't I said to myself, is that all there is to love?

    Is that all there is, is that all there is
    If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep

    I know what you must be saying to yourselves
    If that's the way she feels about it why doesn't she just end it all?
    Oh, no, not me I'm not ready for that final disappointment
    'Cause I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you
    When that final moment comes and I'm breathing my last breath, I'll be saying to myself

    Is that all there is, is that all there is
    If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
    Let's break out the booze and have a ball
    If that's all there is Writer/s: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 7

  • Khalil from Jacksonville, Florida.I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio in the 60's-70's. There was a local television station wjw ch 8, a CBS affiliate that showed B movies after the news went off at 11:30 pm. It was originally called "The Big Chuck & Houlihan show then The Big Chuck & Little John show. They invited various schools and youth organization's to the live broadcast studio. The epilogue or end of show theme song was Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is. They never played the different versus, yet they just looped the chorus so I never heard the whole song until years later, but it stuck and I like it currently. I thought the song was recorded in the 40's and was surprised when I found out it was recorded in 1969.
  • Lynnie B from Cape May NjI see this song as more hopeful than sad. It tells me that we can get over anything.
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlI like this song..nice ballad. Is that all there is to this comment? :)
  • Amara from Victorille, CaThis is a great song. It's so incredibly surreal and sardonic, but at the same time very tongue-in-cheek.
  • Suzanne from Seattle, WaTwo words: Epic Existentialism. :-)

    I love this song...
  • Mark from Houston, TxWhat a great song! The content, Peggy Lee's voice, the melody, the whole feel of it! I cannot believe there are not more comments on this site about this great work of art! It is one of my all-time favorites. No, I don't think she's depressed or bored (as other comment suggests)-- just very experienced- --she has seen it all and nothng surprises her any more or seems like a big deal at this point in her life. Cynical? Yes, but some would also call her outlook "mature" or even "wise"!
    Mark, Houston, TX
  • Mark from London, EnglandThe version released in the UK, by Kristina, on the Ze label, was banned by the BBC!
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