Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

Album: Broadway Sings The Blues (1940)
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  • She's a fool and don't I know it
    But a fool can have her charms
    I'm in love and don't I show it
    Like a babe in arms

    Love's the same old situation
    Lately I've not slept a wink
    Since this crazy situation
    Has me on the blink

    I'm wild again, beguiled again
    A whimpering, simpering child again
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered, am I

    Couldn't sleep, wouldn't sleep
    Love came and told me, shouldn't sleep
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered, am I

    I lost my heart, but what of it
    She is cold I agree
    She might laugh, but I love it
    Although the laugh's on me

    I'll sing to her, bring spring to her
    And long, for the day when I'll cling to her
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered, am I Writer/s: Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
    Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust Ave, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 8

  • Alistair from Daventry, United KingdomCan we get the writers credited instead of showing 'traditional' - seems only fair.
  • Sarah` from London, EnglandIn the film The History Boys, the film is sung from one young man to another, and I'm sure I've read somewhere that it was originally meant to be sung in a male homosexual context? It's extremely moving sung this way anyway, although I'm also a fan of the Ella Fitzgerald version.
  • Krys from Langley, Canadai was given several choices of music to choose for a solo, but as soon as i tried this song out (bewitched), i knew i had to choose it
  • Pam from Long Beach, CaYou have got to hear Ella Fitzgerald's rendition of this timeless jazz standard. It's so crisp and clear. You can actually FEEL the song. When you hear her sing it, you understand that this is not just a song of an older woman's affair with a younger man. It's a song of fancy, folly and bittersweet rememberance. I've heard almost every rendition out there and Ella's is without a doubt my favorite.
  • Amy from Montreal, CanadaSecond Refrain goes:
    I've seen a lot, I mean a lot
    But now I'm like sweet seventeen a lot --
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.
    I'll sing to him, each spring to him,
    and worship the trousers that cling to him --
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.
    When he talks he is seeking
    words to get off his chest.
    Horizontally speaking, he's at his very best.
    I'm vexed again, perplexed again,
    Thank God I can be oversexed again --
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.
  • Amy from Montreal, CanadaI've got some of those "racy" lyrics. It's meant to be sung by an older woman about a younger man. In the first refrain,:
    Lost my heart, but what of it?
    My mistake, I agree.
    he's a laugh, but I love it
    Because the laugh's on me.
    A pill he is, but still he is
    All mine and I'll keep him until he is
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered
    Like me
  • Rachel from Oxford, Ohi especially love rod stewart and cher's duet of this on the second volume of his "great american songbook"

  • Janna from Los Angeles, CaI should have mentioned that "Bewitched" has had several versions, depending on what was acceptable to the general public. The song was originally considered worldly and second verses (which I don't at this time have access to--anyone else have them?) were Caberet/Broadway spiced with what was then considered New York sophicated. For example, one verse ended: "I'm vexed again, perplexed again, thank God I can be over-sexed again, Bewitched (etc)" When a movie--with all the grit taken out was made in squeeky-clean 1957 starring Frank Sinatra as Joey, Rita Hayworth (who didn't sing, so her movie songs were always dubbed) and Kim Novak (she probably didn't sing either, but I can't confirm that) they made cad Joey a nicer guy, more suitable for the audience. (I haven't seen the movie for years, so I don't know which lady performed it.) Really, it's the great jazz and torch singers who made the song a classic.

    Also, many show and movie songs were changed when they were released as music and singles. Show tune often don't make sense out of context. A good example it "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christms" which had quite sad lyrics in the movie "Meet Me in Saint Louis." The lyrics usually sung are much more upbeat.
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