Words & Music: Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931)

Lyrics

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?

Background

“All of Me” is a popular song and jazz standard, which was first performed over the radio and went on to become one of the most recorded songs of its era.

Performances

Here is our favorite performance of the song (though we may be biased!). Our student Niklas, a teenager with Fragile X Syndrome, gives a deeply felt rendition accompanied by his teacher, IMH Director Peter Muir.

And here is swinging version by Sinatra, arranged and conducted by the great Nelson Riddle. The creator of the clip was also kind enough to include lyric subtitles, so you can follow along.