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That Old Feeling
Chet Baker Lyrics


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I saw you last night and got that old feeling
When you came in sight I got that old feeling
The moment that you danced by I felt a thrill
And when you caught my eye my heart stood still
Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning
And I knew the spark of love was still burning
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my heart

There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my heart

Overall Meaning

Chet Baker's song "That Old Feeling" is a romantic ballad that speaks to the everlasting nature of love. In the first stanza, the singer describes seeing their love interest and instantly feeling the rush of emotions associated with them. The lyrics "I saw you last night and got that old feeling / when you came in sight I got that old feeling" indicate a sense of nostalgia and longing, as if the singer has been away from this person for a long time and is now remembering why they fell in love in the first place.


The second stanza refers to the moment when the singer and their love interest lock eyes, and the "spark of love" is reignited. It is clear that the singer is still deeply in love with this person, even though they acknowledge that there will be "no new romance" for them. The lyrics "for that old feeling, is still in my heart" show that the singer recognizes the impossibility of starting something new, because their heart still belongs to someone from their past.


Overall, "That Old Feeling" is a poignant reminder of the power of memories and the impact that love can have on our lives. It speaks to the lingering emotions we can hold onto even after a relationship has ended, and the sense of comfort and familiarity that comes with revisiting those feelings.


Line by Line Meaning

I saw you last night and got that old feeling
Upon seeing you last night, I experienced a familiar sensation of nostalgia


When you came in sight I got that old feeling
As soon as you appeared before me, I experienced that same familiar sensation again


The moment that you danced by I felt a thrill
When you danced past me, I was struck by a sudden feeling of excitement


And when you caught my eye my heart stood still
When our eyes met, my heart stopped momentarily, overcome by emotion


Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning
I felt that same old desire and longing for you that I had felt before


And I knew the spark of love was still burning
I realized that the passion and attraction I had felt for you before was still present


There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
I've decided not to pursue a new romantic relationship because it would be unwise


For that old feeling, is still in my heart
Because I'm still consumed by those same old feelings for you




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: PD TRADITIONAL, SANFORD SCHMIDT

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@barriosdiazkeily2495

I saw you last night and got that old feeling
When you came in sight I got that old feeling
The moment that you danced by I felt a thrill
And when you caught my eye my heart stood still
Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning
And I knew the spark of love was still burning
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my heart
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my hear



@ikidearitashi1030

I saw you last night and got that old feeling
When you came in sight, I got that old feeling
The moment that you danced by, I felt a thrill
And when you caught my eye, my heart stood still

Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning
And I knew the spark of love was still burning
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling is still in my heart

There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling is still in my heart



@Nayops23

0:27
I saw you last night and got that old feeling
When you came in sight I got that old feeling
The moment that you danced by I felt a thrill
And when you caught my eye my heart stood still
Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning
And I knew the spark of love was still burning
2:42
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my heart
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my heart🎤🎶



@Manmatty

You state the personnel as follows:


Chet Baker (tp, vo)
Russ Freeman (pf)
Carson Smith (b)
Bob Neal (ds)


I think after later reissues based on better research, personnel should read:


Chet Baker (tp, vo)
Russ Freeman (pf, celesta)
Jimmy Bond aka James Edward Bond, Jr. (bass)
Peter Littman (ds)


What nobody seems to notice, however, is that there's a 5th band member here, 'cause with headphones on, it's quickly established that someone clearly and audibly plays guitar in the left channel! Question is: who is it?



All comments from YouTube:

@stevenn33

I love his voice so much especially when he sings at last "is still in myyyy heeeeeeaaarrrrrrrt", sounds out of tune yet he made it so delicate that it's beautiful to hear

@barriosdiazkeily2495

I saw you last night and got that old feeling
When you came in sight I got that old feeling
The moment that you danced by I felt a thrill
And when you caught my eye my heart stood still
Once again I seemed to feel that old yearning
And I knew the spark of love was still burning
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my heart
There'll be no new romance for me, it's foolish to start
For that old feeling, is still in my hear

@Ivanburaok

After hearing it for years and years long today is the first time i notice there´s a guitar comping on the entire song! It just blew my mind

@richardstanmeyer

I love the guitar chugging away in the background 🚂

@timwelsh5996

To have a voice like that and be one of the the world's finest jazz trumpets....

@janetsmith4650

You came into my life in the mid 50’s and you never left! Love you Chet Baker.

@leobird8756

Chet has the special kind of tenderness and vulnerability in his voice that you can only get by never practicing

@Heitz.mathieu

"You have whether excuses or results, you can't have both" Arnold Schwarzenegger. You made your decision brother 😂 but please don't pretend such things...

@QueensWino

Nothing short of tremendous! My first listen was here!😎🎶

@scottsofi4147

I just discovered Chet finally found a reflection of what I been feeling all the while. Beautiful isn't enough but I'm getting there

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