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The Best of Nat King Cole

  • Dec 6, 2010
Again, these are some of my dad's favorites. The very best of Nat King Cole! Enjoy...

NB: This list is in alphabetical order.
1
An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)


Words by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey, music by Harry Warren

Our love affair is a wondrous thing
That we'll rejoice in remembering
Our love was born with our first embrace
And a page was torn out of time and space

Our love affair, may it always be
A flame to burn through eternity
So take my hand with a fervent prayer
That we may live and we may share
A love affair to remember
2
Answer Me, My Love


Words by Carl Sigman and Music by Gerhard Winkler


Answer me, oh, my love
Just what sin have I been guilty of?
Tell me how I came to lose your love
Please answer me, sweetheart

You were mine yesterday
I believed that love was here to stay
Won't you tell me where I've gone astray?
Please answer me, my love

If you're happier without me
I'll try not to care
But if you still think about me
Please listen to my prayer

You must know I've been true
Won't you say that we can start anew?
In my sorrow now I turn to you
Please answer me, my love

(If you're happier without me)
(I'll try not to care)
But if you still think about me
Please listen to my prayer

You must know (you must know)I've been true (I've been true)
Won't you say that we can start anew?
In my sorrow now I turn to you
Please answer me, my love

Answer me, my love
3
Autumn Leaves


(Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 
Music by Joseph Kosma)

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall
4
Because You Are Mine


Words by Sammy Cahn and Music by Nicholas Brodszky
-title song sung by Mario Lanza in the film also starring Doretta Morrow and James Whitmore
-Lanza charted his single at # 7 in 1952


Because you're mine
The brightest star I see
Looks down, my love, and envies me
Because you're mine, because you're mine

Because you're mine
The breeze that hurries by
Becomes a melody and why?
Because you're mine, because you're mine

I only know for as long as I may live
I'll only live for the kiss that you alone may give me

And when we kiss
That isn't thunder, dear
It's only my poor heart you hear and its applause
Because you're mine

I only know for as long as I may live
I'll only live for the kiss that you alone may give me

And when we kiss
That isn't thunder, dear
It's only my poor heart you hear and its applause
Because you're mine


5
L-O-V-E


L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore and

Love is all that I can give to you
Love is more than just a game for two
Two in love can make it
Take my heart and please don't break it
Love was made for me and you

L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore

Love is all that I can give to you
Love is more than just a game for two
Two in love can make it
Take my heart and please don't break it
Love was made for me and you
Love was made for me and you
Love was made for me and you
6
Mona Lisa
This is one of my favorites from Nat King Cole. 


Mona Lisa Mona Lisa, men have named you
You're so like the lady with the mystic smile
Is it only 'cause you're lonely, they have blamed you 
For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile?

Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa? 
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep 
They just lie there and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?

Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa?
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep
They just lie there and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
7
Stardust


Words by Mitchell Parish and Music by Hoagy Carmichael originally written as
-"Star Dust" in 1929.
-charted in 1930 by Irving Mills (#20)
-charted in 1931 by Isham Jones (#1), Bing Crosby (#5), Louis Armstrong (#16)
Wayne King (#17), and Lee Sims (#20).
-charted in 1935 by Jimmie Lunceford (#10).
-charted in 1936 by Benny Goodman (#2) and Tommy Dorsey (#8).
-charted in 1939 by Sammy Kaye (#16).
-charted in 1941 by Artie Shaw (#2), Tommy Dorsey (#7), and Glenn Miller (#20).
-charted in 1943 by Baron Elliot (#18) and Tommy Dorsey (#23).
-charted in 1957 by Billy Ward and His Dominoes featuring Jackie Wilson (#12).
-charted in 1962 by Frank Sinatra (#98)
-charted in 1964 by Nino Temple and April Stevens (#32).


And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
of paradise where roses grew
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain
8
Too Young
Another of my very favorite!



Words by Sylvia Dee and Music by Sid Lippman
-also charted by Donny Osmond at # 13 in 1972


They try to tell us we're too young
Too young to really be in love
They say that love's a word
A word we've only heard
But can't begin to know the meaning of

And yet we're not too young to know
This love will last though years may go
And then some day they may recall
We were not too young at all

And yet we're not too young to know
This love will last though years may go
And then some day they may recall
We were not too young at all
9
Unforgettable
Probably Cole's signature song. Love it too!



Words and Music by Irving Gordon
peak Billboard position # 12 in 1951-52
-also charted in 1954 by the Dick Hyman Trio (#29)
-also charted in 1959 by Dinah Washington (#17)
-also charted in a 1991 "duet" by Nat and his daughter Natalie Cole.

Unforgettable, that's what you are
Unforgettable, though near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more

Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that's how you'll stay
That's why, darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

No never before
has someone been more ooh

Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that's how you'll stay
That's why, darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too


10
When I Fall In Love


When I fall in love,
It will be forever
Or I'll never fall in love.
In a restless world like this is,
Love is ended before it's begun
And too many moonlight kisses
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun.

When I give my heart,
It will be completely
Or I'll never give my heart.
And the moment I can feel that
You feel that way, too,
Is when I fall in love with you.

And the moment I can feel that
You feel that way, too,
Is when I fall in love with you.

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