“You Said Something” from Jerome Kern’s Have a Heart

This is the last of our songs from Kern’s wonderful score for Have a Heart. It comes mid-way through the second act of the show and is sung by the secondary couple who also sing “I’m So Busy.”

The only reason this is our last song is because we cannot find any more recorded music from the show. This is a shame, because songs like “Have a Heart,” “I’m Here, Little Girl, I’m Here” and “My Wife–My Man” are truly exquisite compositions.

Now, today is Monday, and Monday usually calls for a big write up; but we are going to do something a little different this week. Tomorrow, we are going to post a wonderful interview of a young Stephen Sondheim by Marian McPartland, in which Sondheim explains why Kern was such a great composer.

Now, here is another unreleased recording by John McGlinn, “You Said Something.”

And here are the lyrics, thanks to Wikisource:

Verse 1

Ted. All the girls I see
Make a hit with me,
Where’er I wander,
I love brunettes or something blonder.
Lizzie. I don’t care a bit
Where your heart may flit;
Ted. Why surely you knew, dear,
I was teasing, I love you dear.

Refrain

Both. You said something when you said you love me,
Oh, but I wonder for how long it will be.
If you find someday, you’ve altered your mind
I’d be forgiving, but simply could not go on living!
Lizzie. Girls much prettier you will meet by the score,
Will you regret you never met them before?
You said something when you said you love me,
But say it a whole lot more.

Verse 2

Lizzie. All the men I know
Fascinate me so,
Oh! what romances
I’ve built around them in my fancies.
Ted. I am not aware
Why you think I care;
Lizzie. Why surely you knew, dear,
I was teasing, I love you dear.

Refrain

Both. You said something when you said you love me,
Oh, but I wonder for how long it will be.
If you find someday, you’ve altered your mind
I’d be forgiving, but simply could not go on living!
Ted. Men much handsomer you’ll meet by the score,
Will you regret you never met them before?
You said something when you said you love me,
But say it a whole lot more.