The Man I Love
Anita O'Day Lyrics


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When the mellow moon begins to beam
Every night I dream a little dream
And of course Prince Charming is the theme
The he, for me.
Although I realize as well as you
It is seldom that a dream comes true,
To me it's clear
That he'll appear.

Some day he'll come along, the man I love
And he'll be big and strong, the man I love
And when he comes my way,
I'll do my best to make him stay.

He'll look at me and smile, I'll understand
And in a little while, he'll take my hand
And though it seems absurd
I know we both won't say a word.

Maybe I shall meet him Sunday,
Maybe Monday, maybe not
Still I'm sure to meet him one day
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day.

He'll build a little home just meant for two
From which I'll never roam, who would? would you?




And so, all else above,
I'm waiting for the man I love.

Overall Meaning

The song "The Man I Love" by Anita O'Day is a poignant and beautifully written piece that speaks to the universal desire for love and companionship. The lyrics describe the singer's longing for a man who is strong, kind, and loving, the "Prince Charming" of her dreams. Despite the awareness that not all dreams come true, the singer remains hopeful that this man will appear in her life one day.


The opening lines create a mood of wistfulness and longing, as the singer describes the moon's soft light and her nightly dreams. The dream is a recurring one, in which she meets the man of her dreams, the one who will complete her and make her life whole. The second stanza speaks of her certainty that this man will appear, that somehow fate or destiny will bring them together. The third stanza describes the man she imagines, the strong and loving partner who will look at her and understand her without the need for words.


The closing lines of the song are particularly poignant, as the singer describes the home that she and her beloved will share. It will be a small, intimate space, just right for the two of them, and one from which they will never need or want to leave. The final sentiment expresses the essence of the song: the singer is waiting for the man she loves, and all else in life pales in comparison.


Overall, "The Man I Love" is a song that speaks to the human longing for connection and companionship, as well as the belief in fate and destiny that many of us hold dear.


Line by Line Meaning

When the mellow moon begins to beam
As the soft, glowing light of the moon appears, I start to daydream.


Every night I dream a little dream
Each night I dream a small, romantic dream.


And of course Prince Charming is the theme
The main protagonist of my dream is a charming prince.


The he, for me.
He is the perfect match for me.


Although I realize as well as you
I know as well as you that this is unlikely to come true.


It is seldom that a dream comes true,
It's not often that dreams come true.


To me it's clear
However, I am sure that it will happen.


That he'll appear.
That he will come into my life one day.


Some day he'll come along, the man I love
Someday, the man I love will enter into my life.


And he'll be big and strong, the man I love
He will be a tall, physically strong man.


And when he comes my way,
When I meet him, it will be a remarkable moment for me.


I'll do my best to make him stay.
I will do everything within my power to make him stay with me.


He'll look at me and smile, I'll understand
He will look at me, smile, and I will understand our connection.


And in a little while, he'll take my hand
Soon after, he will take my hand.


And though it seems absurd
Although this might seem unrealistic or unlikely,


I know we both won't say a word.
neither of us will need words to understand the connection between us.


Maybe I shall meet him Sunday,
Perhaps I will meet him on a Sunday.


Maybe Monday, maybe not
Maybe on a Monday or perhaps a different day.


Still I'm sure to meet him one day
But I'm certain that eventually we will meet.


Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day.
Perhaps I will receive good news on Tuesday when I least expect it.


He'll build a little home just meant for two.
We will have a small house built for just the two of us.


From which I'll never roam, who would? would you?
I will never want to leave this home, and I don't think anyone else would either.


And so, all else above,
In any case, above all else,


I'm waiting for the man I love.
I will patiently wait for this man I love to come into my life.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

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Comments from YouTube:

James Brown

Anita was a jazz singer heart and soul. It's even a pleasure watching her clips because you can tell that she enjoyed it so much. She sang from her soul.

Bruno Freitas de Oliveira

she was for the jazz fanatics not so mainstream and she was a fantastic full of joy person... you should go to npr and listen to an interview when she died that was done before years before her death... is so inspirational! truly i am so devoted and keep discovering more and more music ... going on the 10th album...

Ian Ackery

Stunning. Such an underrated vocalist and a massive influence on modern jazz singers - just listen to any Amy Winehouse to hear shades of Anita.

theuofc

What a great comment. I hadn't seen the O'Day influence in Winehouse until you said it. Thanks!

yobytterb3690

Was just thinking this

Mark Seibold

Im pleased that others also noticed a definite influence and impression of Anita's beautiful style to other modern female vocalists, such as Amy Winehouse, and even possibly Lady GaGa.

Вазелин Пальцев

She had absolutely phenomenal feeling of Jazz and syncopated bit ...

mafketays

For sure, she was a great iconic jazz musician. I think there are two reasons that are a lot more important than her race in understanding why she's not as widely known as Billie or Sarah or Ella: 1.She's a bit of an acquired taste. Her innovative phrasing takes a while to get used to and can be off putting to more casual listeners. 2. The others mentioned could function all along the pop-jazz spectrum while stylistically O'Day was more restricted to the jazz end.

Argos Fayad

Os recursos vocais de ANITA são incríveis, como incrível é essa música. URRA1

John Waugh

Here we have that rare phenomenon where her unique phrasing and improvisation skills- which is what jazz is really about- add to the sheer beauty of the music rather than take away from it as do many attempts by other jazz vocalists.

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