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
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.
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich
And your ma’ is good lookin’
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.