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For Dancers Only
Jimmie Lunceford Lyrics

For your eyes only can see me through the night
For your eyes only I never need to hide
You can see so much in me, so much in me that's new
I never felt until I looked at you
For your eyes only, only for you
You'll see what no one else can see and now I'm breaking free
For your eyes only, only for you
The love I know you need in me, the fantasy you've freed in me
Only for you, only for you
For your eyes only, the nights are never cold
You really know me, that's all I need to know
Maybe I'm an open book because I know you're mine
But you won't need to read between the lines
For your eyes only, only for you
You see what no one else can see and now I'm breaking free
For your eyes only, only for you
The passions that collide in me, the wild abandoned side of me
Only for you, for your eyes only

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Scott Piller

My dad played all this Lunceford music, among alot of other old stuff, and I took to it right away. So happy it's still around for listening pleasure.

Michael Klein

This was the band that trounced every one of 'em in a "battle of the bands" contest.  They were great and boy, the sound quality on this recording is beautiful! Thanks!

Max Hubbard

The tightest band of its era!

Brian Ratekin

I used to play this arrangement in the '70s as a young man in a band full of old guys who played in the '40s. Our trombone player had all the big bands he played with engraved on his bell. The stories they'd tell. What a great memory.

Don Armstrong

Critic Ralph Gleason, writing for the Columbia University Spectator in 1936, called this record a "masterpiece of swing."

Sam Brinson

One of my favorite band arrangements by Cy Oliver and the Lunceford Orchestra, back in the day. We thought the musician hitting the high notes at the end was the baddest "cat" on trumpet, ever. This was when folks could dance to Jazz music based on the two beat rhythm the band prominently used.


I first became aware of Jimmie Lunceford when I heard Clark Terry sing (yes, there are lyrics) this tune at an appearance with his quintet of Frank Foster, Hilton Ruiz, Victor Sproles and Ed Soph at Rick's Cafe American in Chicago in the early '80's. During the set, Clark announced that Frank Foster would be featured on soprano playing "Do You Know What It's Like Down South?". By the looks on Clark's and the musician's faces, they knew.


He was my great great uncle, wish I could've met him though

charles ellar

You are a lucky guy!!!

Anthony Santagato


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