The song of the day for Wednesday, May 3, 2023, is “Some Other Time.”
Today we are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Betty Comden, who co-wrote the lyrics of today’s song with Adolph Green. Comden was born on May 3, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In 1938, mutual friends introduced her to Adolph Green and a life-long professional partnership was born. On The Town was their first Broadway musical. In addition to writing lyrics for musicals (including Bells Are Ringing, Wonderful Town, and Peter Pan), the pair also wrote scripts as well for Singin’ in the Rain and The Band Wagon.
Comden and Green sang “Rain on the Roof” in the legendary 1985 Follies in Concert. (The clip also includes Liliane Montevecchi singing “Ah, Paree” and Elaine Stritch singing “Broadway Baby.”)
About This Song
“Some Other Time” was written by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, for the 1944 musical On The Town, the story of three sailors on leave in New York City and their romantic adventures. This song is sung at the end by two of the couples. Inexplicably, this beautiful song was cut from the 1949 film version.
About This Version
“Some Other Time,” as well as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album is available on Apple Music.
I’m also including a recording of “Some Other Time” from a 1960 studio recording of the score, which features Betty Comden, Nancy Walker, Adolph Green, and Cris Alexander. It’s a lovely recording.