The Gal That Got Away


Lyrics by:  Ira Gershwin

Written by:  Harold Arlen

Arranged By:  Nelson Riddle

Album Title:  The Reprise Collection, Disc 4

Label:  Reprise Records

Recorded:  May 13, 1954



The night is bitter, the stars have lost their glitter

The winds grow colder, suddenly you're a lot older

And all because of a gal who got away

No more her eager call, the writing is on the wall

All those dreams you dreamed, they have all gone astray


The gal who won you, she's run off and undone you

That great beginning has seen the final inning

I don't know what happened, its all a crazy game

No more - no more that all time thrill because you have been put though the mill

And never a new love will ever be the same


Good riddance, good-bye

Every trick of hers you are on to

But fools will be fools and where's she gone?

Where has she gone?


The road gets rougher, it's lonelier and it's tougher

With hope ya burn up, tomorrow maybe she'll turn up

There ain't no let up, live-long night, night and day


Ever since, since this world began

There ain't nothin' sadder than

A long-lost loser

Lookin' for his gal who got away


Please come back

Won't ya come back?


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