Pinwheel of Death

Arthur Altman


SONGS

TERRITORIAL RESTRICTIONS
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Writers Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence

Genres Standard, Big Band Era

Recorded 1939

Lyrics verse - added in year 2000:
YOU KNOW THE GAME OF LOVE
SO THE FLAME OF LOVE
NEVER BURNS YOU,
NO PASSION CONCERNS YOU,
NO VIOLINS PLAY.
BUT ME,
I LOSE CONTROL
OF MY HEART
WHEN I'M NEAR YOU.
THAT'S WHY I FEAR YOU
AND TURN AWAY.
I NEED
A LOVE THAT'S TRUE,
I WISH
IT COULD BE YOU,
I KNOW
IT SHOULD BE YOU
AND SO I SAY:

Chorus:
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL!
HALF A LOVE
NEVER APPEALED TO ME.
IF YOUR HEART
NEVER COULD YIELD TO ME,
THEN I'D RATHER
HAVE NOTHING AT ALL!
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL!
IF IT'S LOVE,
THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN.
WHY BEGIN,
THEN CRY FOR SOMETHING
THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
NO, I'D RATHER
HAVE NOTHING AT ALL.

BUT, PLEASE,
DON'T BRING YOUR LIPS
SO CLOSE TO MY CHEEK.
DON'T SMILE,
OR I'LL BE LOST
BEYOND RECALL.
THE KISS IN YOUR EYES,
THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND
MAKES ME WEAK
AND MY HEART
MAY GROW DIZZY
AND FALL.

AND IF I FELL
UNDER THE SPELL
OF YOUR CALL,
I WOULD BE CAUGHT
IN THE UNDERTOW.
SO, YOU SEE,
I'VE GOT TO SAY:
NO!
NO!
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL!
Writers Arthur Altman, Emery Deutsch, Jack Lawrence

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1951

Lyrics [verse:]
NOW THE GYPSY BAND
REST THEIR CARAVAN
WHERE THE HILLS
CONCEAL THE SUN,
DUSKY MAGIC FALLS,
GYPSY MUSIC CALLS,
CALLS TO LOVERS
ONE BY ONE;
A LOVER STRUMS
HIS FIDDLE
WHILE HE HUMS
THIS LITTLE SONG...

[Chorus:]
PLAY, FIDDLE, PLAY,
PLAY MY LOVED ONE
A MELODY,
SING TO MY LOVE
WHILE THE STARS
SWING ABOVE.
PLAY, FIDDLE, PLAY,
SING MY LOVED ONE
A RHAPSODY,
PLAY ON THE STRINGS
OF HER HEART.

THE CAMPFIRES
ARE GLEAMING
AS RED AS THE SUN,
AND MY HEART
KEEPS DREAMING,
JUST DREAMING OF ONE.

SO SOFTLY CROON,
WHILE THE MOON
WEAVES OUR TWO HEARTS
IN HARMONY,
PLAY, FIDDLE, PLAY,
TO MY LOVE.