They Didn’t Believe Me
Words: Herbert Reynolds; Music: Jerome Kern (1914)
And when I told them how beautiful you are,
They didn’t believe me, they didn’t believe me!
Your lips, your eyes, your cheeks, your hair,
Are in a class beyond compare.
You’re the loveliest girl that one can see!
And when I tell them,
And I’m certainly going to tell them,
That I’m the man whose wife one day you’ll be.
They’ll never believe me, they’ll never believe me,
That from this great big world you’ve chosen me!
“They Didn’t Believe Me” was the great Jerome Kern’s first major songwriting success. This delightful ballad marked a turning point in the development of popular music. The melody defies time. Forthright sentiment meets refined romance, and the resulting sound pointed to the Broadway musical’s future. Rejecting the flowery poetry found in most period love songs, the lyric captured the easy cadence of everyday conversation.
Here is a duet with Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson from the 1949 movie That Midnight Kiss:
And here is Dean Martin having a lot of fun with the song on The Dean Martin Show: