Words and Music: Billy Hill (1936)

Lyrics

You’ve got to
Give a little,
Take a little,
And let your poor heart
Break a little:
That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of, love.

You’ve got to
Laugh a little,
Cry a little,
Before the clouds
Roll by a little:
That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of, love.

As long as
There’s the two of us,
We’ve got the world
And all its charms.
And when the world
Is through with us –
We’ve got each other’s arms!

You’ve got to
Win a little,
Lose a little,
And always
Have the blues a little:
That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of, love.

Background

In the Forties, the Andrews Sisters harmonized it; in the Fifties, Peggy Lee swung it. In the early years of rock’n’roll, every male vocal group doowopped it ever more melodramatically. Dino gave it his ballad-with-a-beat treatment, Big Bill Broonzy made it bluesy… and so on.

But it all began three-quarters of a century ago: “The Glory Of Love” was brand new and Number One on the hit parade, in a recording by Benny Goodman.

Performances

Here is one of Dean Martin’s renditions of the number:

And here is a remarkable guitar version, with vocals, by blues-man Big Bill Broonzy:

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

The Glory of Love