I Can't Get Started

Billie Holiday

About I Can't Get Started

"I Can't Get Started" (also known as "I Can't Get Started with You" or "I Can't Get Started (with You)") is a popular song, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by Vernon Duke (1936), that was first heard in the theatrical production Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 where it was sung by Bob Hope to Eve Arden. Hal Kemp and his Orchestra recorded it at that time and it had a bit of popularity, rising briefly to 14th place on the recording charts. Popular vintage recorded versions are those of Bunny Berigan, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.  


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I've been around the world in a plane
Settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted
But can't get started with you
And at the golf course I'm under par
Metro-Goldwyn wants me to star
I've got a house and a show place
But can't get no place with you

You're so supreme
The lyrics I write of you
Dream, dream, day and night of you
Scheme just for the sight of you
Baby but what good does it do?
I've been consulted by Franklin D.
Robert Taylor has had me to tea
But now I'm broken-hearted
Can't get started with you

When first we met, how you elated me
Pet, you devastated me
Yet, now you've deflated me
'Till, you're my Waterloo
When J.P. Morgan bows I just nod
Green Pastures wanted me to play God
The Siamese Twins I've parted
Can't get started with you

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. more »

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Written by: Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke

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5 facts about this song

Song Origins
1. "I Can't Get Started" is a popular song, with music by Vernon Duke and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. 2. The song was published in 1936 but is still widely recognized and listened to today.
Billie Holiday Version
3. Billie Holiday, a well-known jazz vocalist, also recorded a version of "I Can't Get Started" in the 1940s. 4. Her version of the song has been praised for her emotive and melancholic delivery, adding a new depth to the original composition.
Bunny Berigan Version
5. Jazz trumpeter Bunny Berigan is often associated with "I Can't Get Started" due to his popular 1937 recording. 6. His rendition of the song became a Top Ten hit and his most famous recording. 7. Berigan's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975.
Frank Sinatra Version
8. Frank Sinatra recorded his version of "I Can't Get Started" for his 1946 "The Voice of Frank Sinatra" album. 9. Sinatra, a fan of both Berigan and Holiday, put his unique spin on the song, highlighting his smooth, baritone vocals. 10. Sinatra's version of "I Can't Get Started" is included in many of his compilation albums due to its popularity with fans.
General Facts
11. "I Can't Get Started" is frequently covered by other musicians, showing its enduring appeal. 12. The song is often performed as a ballad, emphasizing the melancholy lyrics about a man who is successful in every way but can't win over the woman he loves. 13. Recognized for its melodic complexity, "I Can't Get Started" is also a favorite among jazz musicians. 14. Despite being released in the 1930s, "I Can't Get Started" continues to be influential in modern music.

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