I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday

February 16, 2022

Plenty of people have heard the song “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday without even realizing it. If you have seen the movie The Notebook, then you have heard this song. It was Ally and Noah’s song. Here are some fun facts about this tune. 

Fun Facts: 

  • This song isn’t like all the other songs that were released in the 1940s. It’s not about hurt or a break-up. Rather, it’s about distance and the power of love over time—making it pretty perfect for Ally and Noah.
  • Sammy Fain and Irving Kahle wrote the song. Kahle wrote the words while Fain wrote the melody.
  • This song was first performed in 1937 for a Broadway Musical. Miss Tamara Drassin first sang it, but many artists have covered it over the years.
  • Billie Holiday with Eddie Heywood and his orchestra is the most known version of this song.
  • Stevie Wonder performed this song on the Tonight Show for Johnny Carson to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the show.
  • This song was well known during WW2. With loved ones overseas, everyone was missing someone during this era.
  • “I’ll Be Seeing You” was such a big song that Hollywood decided to produce a movie with the same name. 
  • “I’ll Be Seeing You” became an anthem during the WW2 era. With its catchy melody and relatable words, people gravitated towards it. Even more so to those who understood what it meant to lose someone or are waiting for someone they love to come home.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

I’ll be seeing you

In all the old familiar places

That this heart of mine embraces

All day through

In that small cafe

The park across the way

The children’s carousel

The chestnut tree

The wishing well

I’ll be seeing you

In every lovely summer’s day

In everything that’s right and gay

I’ll always think of you that way

I’ll find you in the morning sun

And when the night is new

I’ll be looking at the moon

But I’ll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you

In every lovely summer’s day

In everything that’s light and gay

I’ll always think of you that way

I’ll find you in the morning sun

And when the night is new

I’ll be looking at the moon

But I’ll be seeing you

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