Words: Billy Rose; Music: Dave Dreyer (1927)

Lyrics

Me and my shadow,
Strolling down the avenue.
Me and my shadow,
Not a soul to tell my troubles to.

And when it’s twelve o’clock,
We climb the stair,
We never knock,
‘Cause nobody’s there.

Just, me and my shadow,
All alone and feeling blue.

Background

“Me and My Shadow” was associated with band leader Ted Lewis (“Is everybody happy?”), who sang it as he conducted his orchestra and kept it in his repertoire for years. The song is described by The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia as the “quintessential soft-shoe number, a masterpiece of restrained melody that practically dances all by itself.”

Performances

A wonderful duet version with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

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

Me & My Shadow