Prelude To A Kiss
Duke Ellington Lyrics


If you hear
A song in blue
Like a flower crying
For the dew
That was my heart serenading you
My prelude to a kiss

If you hear a song that grows
From my tender sentimental woes
That was my heart trying to compose
A prelude to a kiss

Though it's just a simple melody
With nothing fancy
Nothing much
You could turn it to a symphony
A Shubert tune with a Gershwin touch

Oh how my love song gently cries
For the tenderness within your eyes
My love is a prelude that never dies
A prelude to a kiss

Though it's just a simple melody
With nothing fancy
Nothing much
You could turn it to a symphony
A Shubert tune with a Gershwin touch

Oh how my love song so gently cries
For the tenderness within your eyes
My love is a prelude that never dies
A prelude to a kiss

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DUKE ELLINGTON, IRVING MILLS, IRVING GORDON

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

tuxguys

The definitive recording of this tune... the ultimate statement by the
John Wayne of alto-players, Johnny Hodges. 
Duke was quoted in the liner notes of the original LP that contained
this track, "Ellington Indigos," as referring to Hodges' performance
with the most Elegant Oxymoron I have ever heard or read: 
"Excruciating Ecstasy."
It's a very special track to me... it was played at my father's funeral,
as it was his favorite piece of music in the whole world.
And it came off as spiritual, not sensual.
**jazzysclassicjazz
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All comments from YouTube:

Ronald L Whitaker

Johnny Hodges and that super sweet alto sax. What a beautiful and romantic tune; one of the best ever.

MrLandiez

I'm performing a version of this as the soloist tomorrow. Hopefully things go well.

Nyquistic

I certainly want people to enjoy this at my memorial ceremony too, and to feel the joy I feel now, listening to it! And yes, this is spiritual. The two are not exclusive.

Woody Thames

One of the most beautiful -- and most heartbreaking -- pieces of music ever performed.  Maybe THE most.  It would still be a joy if someone other than Johnny Hodges played it, but it wouldn't be . . . this.

Jeffrey Lumpkin

Although I've heard this recording before, I'm now listening to it for the first time through a pair of $200+ Beat headhpones, (purchased on sale at Targets for $120).  My word I'm hearing sonorities that I simply did not hear before in previous listening sessions. Sorry all of you Benny Goodman/Tommy Dorsey/Glenn Miller fans, but in their heyday there wasn't a jazz band on EARTH that could match Duke Ellington's -and I still love all of those other great jazz bands mentioned.  The Good Lord put Johnny Hodges on this Earth to play the alto sax at a level unmatched by any other human being!! 

Henry Melbourne

Do yourself a favour, Dr Dre's headphones are very expensive for the audio quality delivered. Check out Zeos reviews and find some cans which will transport you directly into Johnny Hodges' imagination without breaking the bank(!). IMO Open cans are best for Jazz/classical/vocal/acoustic music: https://www.reddit.com/r/Zeos/comments/66wz27/guide_headphones_general_usemusic/

Duke Ellington arrangements are incredible for space and unique sound worlds. Check out Gil Evans arrangements and collaborations with Miles Davis too if you haven't already, you're sure to love them!

wastrel09

This and Solitude from the Indigos album are the best Duke ever recorded. Love it!

Saxismyaxe SOTW

The incomparable Jeep at his best. Bravo!

Taylor Griffin

1:50 gets me every time. The way Hodges holds out that long note is so powerful. Gives me shivers.

PAMELA TRENT

I love the way Hodges bends those notes almost to breaking!

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