For Once in My Life
music & lyrics : Ronald Miller and Orlando Murden
1965

 

多くの人はスティービー・ワンダーの歌を聴いているらしい。それ以前にトニー・ベネットもピカピカのバラードで歌うし、シナトラも乗り乗りのスイングで歌う。しかし、エド・サリバンショーでサミー・デイビスJr.が出て来た時、この歌を歌った。

Almost people hear the song by Stevie Wonder. Tony Bennett version is slow ballad, Frank Sinatra is swinging. Sammy Davis Jr. sang this song in Ed Sullivan Show.


Sammy Davis Jr.(1925-1990)

「この速いテンポで歌うのは自分だけ」と前置きして歌った。初来日は1963年だった。産経ホールだったかNHKホールだったかに聴きに行った。最後はシナトラ親分とライザ・ミネリとのショーだった。S席は68,000円だった。最初はライザではなくディーン・マーチンを入れた3人でツアーを始めた。ハワイのやつに行こうと思っていたら、ディノが降ろされてしまった。リハーサルをすっぽかしたり、遅れてきたりでシナトラ親分の気分を損ねたということだった。

Sammy said "I'm the only one who sings in such high tempo". He came to Japan in 1963 at fisrt time. The last was with Frank and Liza Minnelli. Special seat fee was \68,000. At first, Frank, Sammy and Dean Martin started to tour, but Dean was replaced to Liza.

でも、サミーの死んだあと、2人でテレビに出て”The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else”という古い歌を掛け合いで歌っていた。「おー、シナトラはディノを許したんだわい」と思った。

After Sammy died, Frank and Dean sang an old song "The 0one I Love Belong To Somebody Else" in TV. That was a special arrangement.

何曲かサミーの真似をして歌ったものだった。私が一番好きだったのはMr. Bojanglesだったが、この歌もよく歌わせてもらった。

Sammy was my favorite singer, and I have sung from his repartory. "Mr. Bojangles" was special.


 

Lyrics

For once in my life
I have someone who needs me
Someone I've needed so long
For once unafraid
I can go where life leads me
This time I know I'll be strong

For once I can touch
What my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true

For once in my life
I won't let sorrow hurt me
Not like it hurt me before
I've found me someone
I know won't desert me
I won't be alone anymore

For once I can say
This is mine, they can't take it
As long as I've got the love
I know I'm gonna make it
For once in my life
I've got someone who needs me

For once in my life
I have someone who needs me
Someone I've needed so long
For once unafraid
I can go where life leads me
And this time I know I'll be strong

For once I can touch
What my heart only used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams
I said make my dreams
Make my dreams come true

For once in my life
I won't let sorrow hurt me
Not like it hurts me before
I've found me something
That I know won't desert me
I'll never be alone anymore

For once I can say
This is mine, you better not take it
Long as I've got the love
I know I'm gonna make it
For once in my life
I've got someone who needs me

For once I can say
This is mine, you better not take it
Long as I've got the love
I know I'm gonna make it
For once in my life
I've got someone who needs me

For once in my life
I've got someone who needs me
Can you dig it? It feels groovy
And I mean it
For once in my life, that's it