Where or When


Frederica von Stade, American mezzo-soprano

Sung by Peggy Lee, 1941

Sung by Ray Heatherton, 1937

Where or When
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
from the Broadway Musical “Babes in Arms”
1937

Where or When Phrasing, as sung by Frederica von Stade

[ Instrumental Prelude: ]

It seems we stood and talked like this / be-fore /
We looked at each o-ther in the same way then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

The clothes you’re wear-ing / are the clothes / you wore /
The smile you are smi-ling you were smi-ling then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

Some things that hap-pen for the first time /
Seem to be hap-pen-ing a-gain /
And so it seems that we have met / be-fore /
And laughed / be-fore / and loved / be-fore /
But who knows where or when /

When you’re a-wake the things you think /
Come from the dreams you dream /
Thought has wings / and lots of things /
Are sel-dom what they seem /

Some-times you think you’ve lived be-fore /
All that you live to-day /
Things you do / come back to you /
As though they knew the way /

Oh the tricks your mind / can play /

It seems we stood and talked like this / be-fore /
We looked at each o-ther in the same way then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

The clothes you’re wear-ing / are the clothes / you wore /
The smile you are smi-ling you were smi-ling then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

Some things that hap-pen for the first time /
Seem to be hap-pen-ing a-gain /
And so it seems that we have met / be-fore /
And laughed / be-fore / and loved / be-fore /
But who knows where or when /

[ Instrumental: Some things that hap-pen for the first time /
Seem to be hap-pen-ing again ]

And so it seems that we have met / be-fore /
And laughed / be-fore / and loved / be-fore /
But who knows where / or when!

Where or When Phrasing, per Original Score

[ Instrumental Prelude: ]

When you’re a-wake the things you think /
Come from the dreams you dream /
Thought has wings / and lots of things /
Are sel-dom what they seem /

Some-times you think you’ve lived be-fore /
All that you live to-day /
Things you do / come back to you /
As though they knew the way /

Oh the tricks your mind / can play /

It seems we stood and talked like this / be-fore /
We looked at each o-ther in the same way then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

The clothes you’re wear-ing / are the clothes / you wore /
The smile you are smi-ling you were smi-ling then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

Some things that hap-pen for the first time /
Seem to be hap-pen-ing a-gain /
And so it seems that we have met / be-fore /
And laughed / be-fore / and loved / be-fore /
But who knows where or when /

It seems we stood and talked like this / be-fore /
We looked at each o-ther in the same way then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

The clothes you’re wear-ing / are the clothes / you wore /
The smile you are smi-ling you were smi-ling then /
But I can’t re-mem-ber where / or when /

[ Instrumental: Some things that hap-pen for the first time /
Seem to be hap-pen-ing again ]
And so it seems that we have met / be-fore /
And laughed / be-fore / and loved / be-fore /
But who knows where / or when!

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