Heart and Soul
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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Heart and soul
I fell in love with you heart and soul
Because you held me tight
And stole a kiss in the night

Heart and soul
I begged to be adored
I lost control and tumbled overboard gladly
That magic night we kissed
There in the moon mist
Oh, but your lips were thrilling, much too thrilling
Never before were mine so faintly willing
But now I see what one embrace can do
That little kiss you stole
Held all my heart and soul

Now I see what one embrace can do
Look at me; it's got me loving you madly




That little kiss you stole
Held all my heart and soul

Overall Meaning

The song "Heart and Soul" by Ella Fitzgerald is a beautiful love song that captures the thrill of falling in love. The lyrics describe the moment when the singer fell in love with her partner, heart and soul because he held her tight and stole a kiss in the night. The singer then confesses that she begged to be adored and lost control when she tumbled overboard gladly. The magic night that they shared when they kissed in the moon mist was thrilling, but also a little scary because she had never felt so faintly willing before.


The second verse of the song reveals the profound effect that this one kiss had on the singer. She says that she now sees what one embrace can do and that little kiss he stole held all her heart and soul. The singer is now deeply in love with her partner and the feeling has taken hold of her madly. The song is a beautiful illustration of how one small moment can change everything and bring people together in ways they never imagined.


Overall, "Heart and Soul" by Ella Fitzgerald is a beautiful and emotional song that captures the excitement, thrill, and joy of falling in love.


Line by Line Meaning

Heart and soul
The singer earnestly expresses that she loves and longs for the person she is addressing.


I fell in love with you heart and soul
The singer shares that her love for the addressee is complete - mind, body, and spirit.


Because you held me tight
The singer references a moment of physical intimacy where the addressee held her close.


And stole a kiss in the night
The singer describes a thrilling, spontaneous moment where the addressee took a kiss from her in the dark.


I begged to be adored
The singer admits to desiring affection greatly from the addressee.


I lost control and tumbled overboard gladly
The singer portrays how she willingly allowed herself to fall in love and be taken by the addressee, despite the risks of emotional heartache.


That magic night we kissed
The singer reminisces about the exceptional evening that she shared with the addressee.


There in the moon mist
The singer adds romantic color to the moment by mentioning the misty moonlit night.


Oh, but your lips were thrilling, much too thrilling
The singer indicates that the addressee's kiss was highly stimulating and may be described as almost too thrilling for her to handle.


Never before were mine so faintly willing
The singer is struck by how far she is willing to go for someone who has captured her heart in such a complete manner.


That little kiss you stole
The singer refers again to the impactful moment of the stolen kiss between the addressee and the singer.


Held all my heart and soul
The singer admits that this small romantic moment was enough for the addressee to win all of her affection.


Now I see what one embrace can do
The singer reflects on how one romantic moment has changed her entire perspective and emotion towards love.


Look at me; it's got me loving you madly
The singer conveys that the stolen kiss has inspired an intense love and devotion for the addressee.


That little kiss you stole
Repetitive from before but still driving home the importance of that one romantic moment.


Held all my heart and soul
Repetitive from before but mentioned again, to add emphasis and to convey that this moment has been life-changing for the singer.




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael

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