Words: Billy Rose & Edward Eliscu; Music: Vincent Youmans (1929)

Lyrics

More than you know, more than you know,
Man of my heart I love you so.
Lately I find you’re on my mind
More than you know.

Whether you’re right, whether you’re wrong,
Man of my heart I’ll string along.
I need you so,
More than you’ll ever know.

Loving you the way that I do,
There’s nothing I can do about it.
Loving may be all you can give,
But darling I can’t live without it.

Oh how I’d cry, oh how I’d cry,
If you got tired and said goodbye.
More than I’d show,
More than you’d ever know.

Background

“More Than You Know” was introduced in the Broadway musical Great Day where it was sung by Mayo Methot. Methot is well-known not only as an actress, but as Humphrey Bogart’s wife before Lauren Bacall. Methot and Bogart became a couple of high-profile Hollywood celebrities, but it was not a smooth marriage. They became known as “The Battling Bogarts,” with Methot widely known, due to her combativeness, as “Sluggy”!

Performances

Here is a popular recording by Helen Morgan from the year the song was published. The chorus starts at 45 seconds in:

And here is a 1940 recording by Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra. The chorus starts at 55 seconds in: