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Monday, 29 August 2011

If You Could See Me Now

Music by Tadd Dameron 1946
Lyrics by Carl Sigman 1946



Sonny Stitt: alto saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham: trumpet
Ernie Royal: trumpet
J.J. Johnson: trombone
Anthony Ortega: flute, alto saxophone
Sheldon Powell: tenor saxophone
Cecil Payne: baritone saxophone
Hank Jones: piano
Freddie Green: guitar
Oscar Pettiford: bass
Jo Jones: drums

If You Could See Me Now was originally written by Tadd Dameron and Carl Sigman for "The Divine One" Sarah Vaughan but I think it still conveys the sense of heartbreak just as powerfully when performed as an instrumental piece. I am not sure if the opening four line verse is part of the original lyric, but I think it fits perfectly with the sentiment of the song, and I have included it anyway.

We had some words and parted,
The feelings were intense,
Now in the calm of the blue day after,
Did it all make sense?

If you could see me now you'd know how blue I've been,
One look is all you'd need to see the mood I'm in,
Perhaps then you'd realize I'm still in love with you,

If you could see me now you'd find me being brave,
And trying awfully hard to make my tears behave,
But that's quite impossible I'm still in love with you,

You happen my way on some memorable day,
And the month will be May for a while,
I'll try to smile but cannot play the part,
Without my heart behind the smile,

The way I feel for you I never could disguise,
The look of love is written plainly in my eyes,
I think you'd be mine again if you could see me now,

You happen my way on some memorable day,
And the month will be May for a while,
I'll try to smile but cannot play the part,
Without my heart behind the smile,

The way I feel for you I never could disguise,
The look of love is written plainly in my eyes,
I think you'd be mine again if you could see me now...

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