Words: James Kendis, James Brockman & Nat Vincent; Music: John Kellette (1919)

Lyrics

I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.
They fly so high,
Nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams
They fade and die.

Fortune’s always hiding –
I’ve looked everywhere.
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.

Background

“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” is a waltz that was a major Tin Pan Alley hit, and was performed and recorded by most major singers and bands of the late 1910s and early 1920s. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recording of the number is an unusual early example of jazz in waltz time. The lyrics were originally credited to “Jaan Kenbrovin,” a name used to refer collectively to the three lyricists.

Performances

Here is a version recorded by Doris Day:

Here is an impressively harmonized version by the Merry Macs:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles