Cuddle Up a Little Closer
Vic Damone Lyrics


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On the summer shore, where the breakers roar
Lovers sat on the glistening sand
And they talked of love while the moon above
And the stars seemed to understand
Then she grew more cold, and he grew more bold
Till she thought that they had better go
But although he heard, he not even stirred
Only murmured in tones soft and low

Cuddle up a little closer, lovey mine
Cuddle up and be my little clinging vine
Like to feel your cheek so rosy
Like to make you comfy, cozy
'Cause I love from head to toesie, lovey mine

Then she deigned to rest on his manly chest
Her dear head with its flowing curls
And she said, "I'd stay on this lap for aye
How I envy the Capland girls!"
For Miss Esquimaux, 'mid the ice and snow
Has no steam-heat when he comes to call
Not a single glim, so it's up to him
To whisper in summer or fall

Cuddle up a little closer, lovey mine
Cuddle up and be my little clinging vine
Like to feel your cheek so rosy




Like to make you comfy, cozy
'Cause I love from head to toesie, lovey mine

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Vic Damone's song, "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," portray a romantic scene at the beach where lovers are seated on the sand discussing love. The moon and stars seem to have empathy for these lovers as they crave each other more deeply. The woman becomes colder, yet the man takes this as a sign to move closer to her and to express his love for her. As he whispers warm nothings in her ear, he invites her to snuggle up closer to him and become his little clinging vine.


The song has elements that suggest it may have been created in the early 20th century. It has an old-fashioned, romantic vibe, drawing inspiration from a time when expressing love was done in a more formal manner. The song portrays men as being more forward in their approach to women, and the woman having to rely on her charm and grace to win their affection. The use of phrases like "manly chest" and "Dear head with its flowing curls" gives the impression that the song was written during a different era where people spoke in a more formal language.


The lyrics of "Cuddle Up a Little Closer" highlight the male's desperation and persistence in pursuing the lady he adores. The use of the phrase "from head to toesie" suggests that the love they share is comprehensive, covering every part of their being. The song reveals how important physical touch is in a romantic relationship, especially when the female character lays on the chest of her lover, representing trust and intimacy.


Line by Line Meaning

On the summer shore, where the breakers roar
On the beach, where the waves crash loudly


Lovers sat on the glistening sand
Two people in love sat on the shiny sand


And they talked of love while the moon above
They spoke of their affection under the moon


And the stars seemed to understand
The stars appeared to comprehend their love


Then she grew more cold, and he grew more bold
She became distant, while he became more forward


Till she thought that they had better go
She believed that they should leave soon


But although he heard, he not even stirred
Despite hearing her, he remained still


Only murmured in tones soft and low
He spoke quietly and calmly


Cuddle up a little closer, lovey mine
Snuggle with me, my love


Cuddle up and be my little clinging vine
Hold onto me tightly


Like to feel your cheek so rosy
I love feeling the warmth of your cheek


Like to make you comfy, cozy
I want you to feel comfortable and warm


'Cause I love from head to toesie, lovey mine
I love every part of you, my love


Then she deigned to rest on his manly chest
She finally decided to lay on his strong chest


Her dear head with its flowing curls
Her beloved head with its untamed locks


And she said, "I'd stay on this lap for aye
She said, 'I could stay here forever


How I envy the Capland girls!"
I'm jealous of the women from the colder regions


For Miss Esquimaux, 'mid the ice and snow
For Miss Inuit, in the midst of ice and snow


Has no steam-heat when he comes to call
She has no heating when her love visits


Not a single glim, so it's up to him
No light at all, so he must speak softly


To whisper in summer or fall
To whisper tenderly, whether it's summer or fall




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: KARL HOSCHNA, OTTO A. HARBACH

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