I’ll Be Seeing You

The other day, I was looking for a “see you in a while” song and found today’s selection. Serendipitously, the first version I came upon was by Rosemary Clooney, whose singing of “Sway” I shared a little over a week ago

In addition to Clooney’s version, I found renditions of “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Rod Stewart, Anne Murray, Jimmy Durante, Deirdre Harrison, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Dean Martin, Anne Shelton, and many others. Today I decided to feature a 1944 recording by American singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959). (An interesting side note from Wikipedia: this version of Holliday’s was used in the last transmission NASA made to the Mars rover Opportunity at the February 2019 completion of its mission.)

Well, I’m not making a final transmission, but I am taking two months off to enjoy summer as the public health situation hopefully continues to stabilize and improve here slowly and everywhere in the developed world. I hope world leaders will pay better attention to developing nations in the coming weeks, months and years as the world will not be safe from COVID-19 until people in all countries have access to vaccines and related healthcare. 

Written by American popular music composer Sammy Fain and American lyricist Irving Kahal, “I’ll Be Seeing You” was published in 1938 and included in the briefly-running Broadway musical Right This Way. The first recording of the piece was in 1940 by Canadian singer Dick Todd (1914-1973), known as the Canadian Crosby due to his similarity in vocal sound to American actor, singer and comedian Bing Crosby (1903-1977). The piece also appears on the soundtrack for the film I’ll Be Seeing You (1944), whose title the song inspired.

Holliday recorded the song for her self-titled 1944 album. It is about nostalgia and became one of the wartime standards treasured by so many during the long, dark times of World War II.

I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar
Places that this heart of mine embraces
All day through. In that small cafe, the park
Across the way, the children’s carousel, the
Chestnut trees, the wishing well

I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s
Day, in everything that’s light and gay
I’ll always think of you that way
I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s
Day, in everything that’s light and gay
I’ll always think of you that way
I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you

(“I’ll Be Seeing You,” by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal.
Unofficial lyrics adapted from a post on AZLyrics.com
and transcribed from the song.)

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. This blog is important to me; it’s a place to share some of the music I love and the memories evoked by the soundtrack that has been my life thus far. So, thanks for joining me here.

Have a wonderful summer… and in the next while, please check out some of my 542 previous posts, or send me a note if you’d like me to feature something. I’ll be seeing you back here in September. And please, enjoy!

Here’s the audio for the song from the Billie Holiday Official YouTube channel:  

2 thoughts on “I’ll Be Seeing You

    1. Thanks so much, Stephen! I enjoy your comments and look forward to “seeing you” then. Until then, take care and enjoy your books, food and wine.

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