All the Things You Are
Words: Oscar Hammerstein II; Music: Jerome Kern (1939)
You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long.
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song.
You are the angel glow that lights a star,
The dearest things I know are what you are.
Some day my happy arms will hold you,
And some day I’ll know that moment divine
When all the things you are, are mine.
A romantic, warm-hearted song, “All the Things You Are” is a combination of harmonious lyrics and lush, intricate music. The song’s success was surprising, because it was unusual for its time. Kern wrote it to satisfy his own creative urge and felt it was far too complex for popular appeal; and Hammerstein’s lyrics were modest and sentimental, when the work of other top lyricists was clever, bright, and witty.
Here is a recording by Frank Sinatra, helpfully accompanied by the lyrics:
And here is an amusing recording of comedian Peter Sellers, in character as a man singing to himself while in the bathroom: