I Only Have Eyes for You
Words: Al Dubin; Music: Harry Warren (1934)
Are the stars out tonight?
I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright
‘Cause I only have eyes for you, dear.
The moon may be high,
But I can’t see a thing in the sky
‘Cause I only have eyes for you.
I don’t know if we’re in a garden
Or on a crowded avenue.
You are here, so am I,
Maybe millions of people go by,
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you.
Dick Powell introduced this song in the 1934 motion picture Dames. Powell first sings it to Ruby Keeler on the Staten Island ferry. He expresses his bedazzlement by saying that he doesn’t know “if it’s cloudy or bright” or “if we’re in a garden or on a crowded avenue” because “I only have eyes for you.” The second time the song appears, Powell is riding the subway and sees Keeler’s face everywhere he looks. The dream sequence that follows features the extraordinary choreography of Busby Berkeley, and dozens of Ruby Keeler masks!
Here is the second appearance of the song in the movie Dames (it begins in earnest after one minute into the video):
And here is an excellent version by the one and only Al Jolson: