The Charm of You
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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The charm of you is comparable to a Christmas tree with toys,
With little girls and boys when first they see the tree.
The thrill of you is comparable to the thrill I felt
when I first learned the heart could sigh,
And you were the reason why, and yet, and yet if we two have never met,
I'd know your grace that warms a face that only the angels get, and
So comparing you with all of these things, is all that I can do,
Because they add up to the charm of you.
(musical interlude)




So comparing you with all of these things, is all that I can do.
Because they add up to the charm of you.

Overall Meaning

In Frank Sinatra's The Charm of You, the singer tries to describe the allure of his love interest by using a metaphor – comparing her to a Christmas tree with toys. He suggests that just as little girls and boys are thrilled while seeing a Christmas tree filled with toys for the first time, he too feels immensely drawn towards the person he is describing. He then calls the feeling of being with her a thrill and compares it to the initial stage of learning about love when one realizes that their heart can sigh. The person he is describing becomes the reason for his heart to long for love like that.


Even though the singer might have never met this person personally, he is aware of their grace, which can only be compared to angelic features. With each comparison he makes, he reaches a conclusion that everything he could relate to her sweet charm is what makes her unique.


Through the use of this metaphorical language, Sinatra tries to explain the appeal that the woman has on him. He paints a picture of familiarity, warmth, happiness, and joyfulness that one gets when admiring a Christmas tree with toys. He tries to associate those emotions with the person he is captivated by and thus tries to make the audience understand the charm that she holds.


Line by Line Meaning

The charm of you is comparable to a Christmas tree with toys,
The pleasure of being with you is as delightful as seeing a Christmas tree full of toys, especially to little girls and boys.


With little girls and boys when first they see the tree.
This is because kids are generally thrilled and excited when they see a Christmas tree for the first time.


The thrill of you is comparable to the thrill I felt
Being with you gives me the same sensation of excitement that I once felt when I learned that the heart could sigh.


when I first learned the heart could sigh,
When I realized that the heart had the ability to express emotions, I felt an overwhelming sense of awe and inspiration.


And you were the reason why, and yet, and yet if we two have never met,
You were the inspiration behind my newfound realization about the potential for emotions within the heart. Yet, if we had never crossed paths, I would still somehow know about the warmth of your grace and the beauty of your spirit.


I'd know your grace that warms a face that only the angels get, and
Your grace and beauty are so profound that it seems to emanate from the heavens, offering warmth and comfort to anyone who encounters it.


So comparing you with all of these things, is all that I can do,
I am so moved and impressed by your charm and grace that I can only try to describe your qualities by comparing them to familiar experiences and emotions.


(musical interlude)
A break in the song where the music is played without lyrics.


So comparing you with all of these things, is all that I can do.
Again, I am left with the impression that your beauty and charm are so remarkable that I can only try to capture them by comparing them to other experiences and emotions.


Because they add up to the charm of you.
Altogether, your unique qualities create a remarkable charm that is unparalleled and unmatched by anyone or anything else.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JULE STYNE, SAMMY CAHN

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Mike


on The Lady Is A Champ

eight

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She can't eat late and stay up all night, because unlike society types, she has to get up in the morning.

She likes the theatre and never comes late
She cares more about seeing the play than being seen making an entrance.

She never bothers with people she'd hate
Her friends are friends, not social trophies.

Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
While barrns and earls probably don't play craps, she associates with friends, not people to be seen with.

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
She doesn't "slum", the practice of the rich in the 30's, when the song was written, of touring poor neighborhoods dressed in rich clothes to "tut, tut" about the deplorable conditions, and congratulate each other for "caring about the poor"

Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
Doesn't trade gossip for acceptance among an in-crowd


She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
She cares more about how her hair feels than conforming with current hair fashions

Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
Since most of California is noticeably warmer and / or drier than New York, where the play the song was written for is set, this is probably a facetious excuse to like what she likes.


And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
Another reference to slumming, but facetious, since Lincolns and Fords were middle-class, not luxury brands when the lyric was written

Anonymous


on Try a Little Tenderness

Here are the correct lyrics

Try A Little Tenderness - Frank Sinatra - Lyrics

Oh she may be weary
Women do get wearied
Wearing that same old shabby dress
And when she’s weary
You try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating things she’ll may never possess
While she is without them
Try just a little bit of tenderness

It’s not just sentimental
She has her grieve and her care
And the words that soft and gentle
Makes it easier to bear
You wont regret it
Women don't forget it
Love is their whole happiness
And it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Musical Interlude

And, it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Daniel


on The Way You Look Tonight

I met Frank Jr. in Las Vegas, a real gentleman. RIP you both.

Giorgi Khutashvili


on Theme from New York, New York

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