A YouTube collection of one and the very same dream: Harold Arlen’s & Johnny Mercer’s THIS TIME THE DREAM’s ON ME

This little “article” is quite clarinet-dominated. This is no coincidence. There is a reason. But I won’t tell you.

Enjoy the ride!


Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Somewhere, someday
We’ll be close together, wait and see
Oh by the way,
This time the dream’s on me

You take my hand
And you look at me adoringly
But as things stand
This time the dream’s on me

It would be fun
To be certain that I’m the one
To know that I, at least, supply the shoulder you cry upon

To see you through
Till you’re everything you want to be
It can’t be true, but
This time the dream’s on me

Beautiful actress Priscilla Lane was the very first who did this Harold Arlen/ Johnny Mercer collaboration in the film Blues In The Night:

Bonnie Lake with Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, September 2, 1941:

Ray Eberle with Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, September 3, 1941; listen closely to Bobby Hackett’s ultra-melodious cornet fills during the opening chorus:

Buddy DeFranco Orchestra, 1949:

Dick Haymes with Cy Coleman on Look At Me Now, 1956:

Alison Krauss on the original soundtrack to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997):

Feel free to learn more about THIS TIME THE DREAM’s ON ME.

Go for Charlie Parker’s various live-versions. This is a MUST!

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