You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song
You are the angel glow that lights a star
The dearest things I know are what you are
Everything I want say to you, John. The most beautiful song ever written (at 49:28), sung in the classiest concert of The Great American Songbook ever televised, conducted by the sweetest musical theater restorer/preservationist who ever lived (John McGlinn, who discovered this “lost” score and died far too young at 55), hosted by the most glamorous hostess in New York, Kitty Carlisle Hart. Orchestration of this Jerome Kern classic by Robert Russell Bennett. Milton Babbitt, that champion of musical theater and Stephen Sondheim’s teacher, wrote an illuminating analysis of this song’s tritones and inverted fifths; find it here.