Something to Live For
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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I have almost ev'ry thing a human could desire,
Cars and houses, bear-skin rugs to lie before my fire
But there's something missing,
Something isn't there,
It seems I'm never kissing the one whom I care for.
I want Something To Live For
Someone to make my life an adventurous dream
Oh, what wouldn't I give for
Someone who'd take my life
And make it seem gay as they say it ought to be.
Why can't I have love like that brought to me?
My eye is watching the noon crowds
Searching the promenades seeking a clue
To the one who will someday be my
Something To Live For.
I want Something To Live For
Someone to make my life an adventurous dream
Oh, what wouln't I give for
Someone who'd take my life
And make it seem gay as they say it ought to be.
Why can't I have love like that brought to me?
My eye is watching the noon crowds




Searching the promenades seeking a clue
To the one who will someday be my Something To Live For.

Overall Meaning

In Ella Fitzgerald's "Something To Live For," the singer laments about her life of material abundance but emotional emptiness. She has all the things she could desire, from cars to bear-skin rugs, but there is still something missing. Despite being surrounded by people, she doesn't have the one person she truly cares for. She yearns for someone to make her life an adventurous dream, to bring joy and excitement into her life. She is searching for a love like that, watching the noon crowds and promenades, hoping to find a clue that will lead her to her "something to live for."


These lyrics highlight the importance of having a deep emotional connection with someone, even if one has all the material things in life. The singer is expressing a desire for love and companionship, a longing for someone to share in her successes and failures. The words also suggest that true happiness comes from within, not from external possessions. The singer appears to understand this, as she recognizes that despite all her wealth, she still feels incomplete without someone to share it with.


Overall, "Something To Live For" is a poignant reflection on the human condition and the relentless search for love and fulfillment. It is a timeless message that continues to resonate with audiences today, making it a classic standard in the jazz repertoire.


Line by Line Meaning

I have almost ev'ry thing a human could desire,
I already have almost everything that a human could want. This includes cars, houses, and even bear-skin rugs for my fireplace.


But there's something missing,
Despite having all of these things, I feel like there is still something missing from my life.


Something isn't there,
I can't quite put my finger on what is missing, but I know that it's not there.


It seems I'm never kissing the one whom I care for.
More specifically, I feel like I am not spending time with the person I care for, and I never get to kiss them.


I want Something To Live For
All of my belongings are not enough. I need someone or something to give my life meaning and purpose.


Someone to make my life an adventurous dream
I desire someone who can add excitement and adventure to my life, and make my dreams come true.


Oh, what wouldn't I give for
I'm prepared to give up anything to find the person I'm meant to be with.


Someone who'd take my life
I am looking for someone to join me in life, and become a partner in every sense.


And make it seem gay as they say it ought to be.
Together, we could make life fun and joyful, the way it's supposed to be.


Why can't I have love like that brought to me?
I am left wondering why I haven't found love yet, and why it can't just come to me naturally and easily.


My eye is watching the noon crowds
I am actively looking for someone, and my eyes are scanning every face in the crowd at noon.


Searching the promenades seeking a clue
I am wandering through the city, seeking any sign or clue that might lead me towards my perfect match.


To the one who will someday be my Something To Live For.
I truly believe that there is someone out there who will be my reason to live and my purpose in life.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington

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Louis Philippe

Ella Fitzgerald was definitely God's gift to the world

Rock Wild

Never has there been a better voice than Lady Ella!

Larry Ward

I love Dizzy G watching her, completely enthralled. Marvelous. Love Ella, Amazing Song, and then Duke. Sublime!

Bill Brown

The ultimate song!!! Hands down. The Singer, The Mood, Color, Arrangement, Lyrics, Note Fluctuation, Emotional Sense stress on lyric, The legendary Ella, caressing the lyrics!!!!!!!!!!!!

MyzteriousLadyX

This is as close to perfection as it gets! Ella, Strayhorn and Ellington. This song is the beginning, the middle and the end!!! It is a singers song beautifully done by a singers singer. The best!!

laurie winestock

Listening to ELLA SING ALWAYS GIVES ME SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lulu zulu

Heaven on earth ,Ella you gave this world something it will never forget !

claudiorochadasneves

What a interpretation!!! Simply perfect!!

Gareth Cook

What a joy to hear this again!

patrick ryan

Lena Horne, a close friend of Billy Strayhorn, does a nice job on "Something To Live For" on the CD, "Lena Horne (We'll Be Together Again)". And Ella, as I'm just now discovering, also does this song a whole lot of justice. 11/2018

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