CHEEK TO CHEEK

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CHEEK TO CHEEK
“Cheek to Cheek” is a song written by Irving Berlin, and first performed by Fred Astaire
in the movie Top Hat” (1935). His 1935 recording with the Leo Reisman Orchestra was
inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000. The song is probably most famous for
its opening lines, “Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly
speak…” and quickly became a standard of the Great American Songbook.
The song, as sung by Astaire, and separately by Fitzgerald, is featured in the movie The
English Patient”, and the version by Glenn Miller in Les Misérables”. It is sung by
Kenneth Branagh in Loves Labour’s Lost. The original Astaire version is also featured in
The Green Mile”, Rain Man” and The Purple Rose of Cairo” when “Top Hat” is being
viewed.
Heaven, I’m in Heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak;
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing, cheek to cheek.
Heaven, I’m in Heaven,
And the cares that hang around me thro’ the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak
When we’re out together dancing, cheek to cheek.
Oh! I love to climb a mountain,
And to reach the highest peak,
But it doesn’t thrill me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek.
Oh! I love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek,
But I don’t enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek.
Dance with me
I want my arm about you;
The charm about you
Will carry me thro’ to Heaven
I’m in Heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak;
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek