Best jazz lyrics of all time you should know about

Jazz is one of the most popular music genres in the world. With the variety of artists and sub-genres, there’s always something new in jazz that you can discover and turn into a favourite. 

What’s more exciting about it is that jazz has some of the best songwriters that produced some of the best lyrics of all time. If you’re curious to know more, here are some of the best jazz lyrics you should know about: 

My funny valentine by Chet Baker 

Performed by one of the most popular jazz artists of all time, Chet Baker, My Funny Valentine is a song that made its way in the musical broadway in the late 30s. With its endearing, yet catchy lyrics, this song has been covered by over 600 artists and became one of the most iconic songs of all time. Here are some lyrics of the song: 

My funny valentine

Sweet comic valentine

You make me smile with my heart

Your looks are laughable

Unphotographable

Yet you’re my favourite work of art

Is your figure less than Greek?

Is your mouth a little weak?

When you open it to speak

Are you smart?. 

Somewhere over the rainbow by Judy Garland 

Performed by the popular Judy Garland, Somewhere over the rainbow is one of the iconic jazz songs of all time. Taken from the musical the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this song was written by Edgar Y Harburg and Harold Arlen. What made it even more popular is when Judy’s voice brought the song to life. 

Somewhere over the rainbow Way up high

There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me. 

Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong 

Performed by the iconic duet in jazz, Summertime is a song that made its way to jazz fans across the world. Written by the Gerswhin brothers, this song is sometimes considered a blues song, but over the years, it has been tweaked to fit the jazz genre. 

Summertime

And the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’

And the cotton is high

Oh, your daddy’s rich

And your ma’ is good lookin’

So hush

Little baby

Don’t you cry.

Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole 

This slow jazz ballad is one of the most classic jazz songs of all time. Composed by Joseph Koma, Autumn Leaves is a song that will easily become a favourite in your playlist. Originally, this song was written in French with the title ‘Les Feuilles Mortes’. 

The falling leaves

Drift by the window

The autumn leaves

Of red and gold

I see your lips

The summer kisses

The sunburned hands

I used to hold

Since you went away

The days grow long

And soon I’ll hear

Old winter’s song.