I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

July 9, 2021

The song of the day is perennial favorite, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” as performed by Frank Sinatra. A snappy and romantic jazz standard, this song has a longer history than you might expect.

Fun Facts:

  • Even though Frank Sinatra originally performed the song on his radio show in 1946, it was originally written by Cole Porter in 1936 for the musical film Born to Dance.
  • In Sinatra’s first performance of the song, it was alongside another Porter piece, “Easy to Love.”
  • A signature song for Sinatra, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” showed up in its most famous solo iteration in 1956, when he recorded a studio version for his concept album Songs for Swinging Lovers.
  • Sinatra’s vocals are a major factor in the song’s long-standing popularity, but it also benefits from a showstopping trombone solo from Milt Bernhart, an esteemed jazz trombonist and musician in his own right.
  • In 1966, the standard broke into the billboard top 10 when performed by The Four Seasons, a rock quartet that came to popularity in the ’60s and ’70s.

Lyrics 

(Lyric Find)

I’ve got you under my skin

I’ve got you, deep in the heart of me

So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me

I’ve got you under my skin

I’d tried so, not to give in

I said to myself this affair never will go so well

But why should I try to resist when baby I know so well

I’ve got you under my skin

I’d sacrifice anything come what might

For the sake of having you near

In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night

And repeats, repeats in my ear

Don’t you know, little fool

You never can win

Use your mentality

Wake up to reality

But each time that I do just the thought of you

Makes me stop before I begin

‘Cause I’ve got you under my skin

I would sacrifice anything come what might

For the sake of having you near

In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night

And repeats how it yells in my ear

Don’t you know, little fool

You never can win

Why not use your mentality

Step up, wake up to reality

But each time I do just the thought of you

Makes me stop just before I begin

‘Cause I’ve got you under my skin

Yes, I’ve got you under my skin

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