All Of Me

Gerald Marks

You know that awkward feeling you get when someone means the world to you and you mean significantly less to them? If not, good for you. If so, you’re in fine company, including that of Gerald Marks, who in 1931 wrote the lyrics to All Of Me.

In the year 2000 the song won the Towering Song Award from the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame with these words:

“In 1931, while most of America was reeling from the already desperate years of the great depression, songwriters Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons had reason to celebrate. Their one important songwriting collaboration, “All Of Me,” first saw the light of day, beginning an open-ended dominance of the song category of great standards, the kind of memorable composition that supersedes any boundaries of specific years or eras.”

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It was first recorded by Ruth Etting and then became one of the most recorded songs of all time. Notable versions include Billie Holiday’s, Louis Armstrong’s, Willie Nelson’s, and the four versions recorded by Frank Sinatra, with four different arrangements.

It’s the Louis Armstrong version that I keep hearing and that made me want to take a crack at it.

All of me
Why not take all of me?
Can’t you see
I’m no good without you?
Take my lips
I want to lose them.
Take my arms
I’ll never use them.
Your goodbye
Left me with eyes that cry
How can I go on dear without you?
You took the part
That once was my heart.
So why not take all of me?
All of me
Why not take all of me?
Can’t you see
I’m no good without you?
Take my lips
I want to lose them.
Take my arms
I’ll never use them.
Your goodbye
Left me with eyes that cry
How can I go on dear without you?
You took the part
That once was my heart.
So why not take all of me?
You took the best
So why not take the rest?
Why not take all of me?

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