When my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unskilful in the world's false forgeries.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although I know my years be past the best,
I smiling credit her false-speaking tongue,
Outfacing faults in love with love's ill rest.
But wherefore says my love that she is young?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love's best habit is a soothing tongue,
And age, in love, loves not to have years told.
Therefore I'll lie with love, and love with me,
Since that our faults in love thus smother'd be.
December 8 1985 for 2 weeks
November 5 2000 for 1 week
2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; certified Platinum in the US.
#1 on the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay and Mainstream Top 40 charts; certified multi-platinum.
1967; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
1955; 10 weeks as #1 on the Billboard R&B chart; peaked at #17 on the pop chart
Written largely by Paul McCartney and released on The Beatles 1966 album Revolver. Reported to be Sir Paul's favorite Beatles song. This song was inspired by the Beach Boys song "God Only Knows"
Are the stars out tonight? I don't know if it's cloudy or bright, I only have eyes for you, dear. written by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren in 1934 for the film "Dames" starring Dick Powell, Joan Blondell and Ruby Keeler. sung by Dick Powell. Rereleased in 1975 and a hit for Art Garfunkel.
1974; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage;" "If I have freedom in my love And in my soul am free, Angels alone, that soar above, Enjoy such liberty."
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130) by William Shakespeare
I Love You by Sara Teasdale
To Althea, from Prison by Richard Lovelace
That's No Way To Say goodbye -- Leonard Cohen
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
1951; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard chart; nominated for an Academy Award for "The Toast of New Orleans"
For 5 weeks in 1977; disco song, not a cover of The Eagles classic of the same name
1988; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100