November 29, 1932 – Night and Day from The Gay Divorcee

“The Gay Divorcee,” showcasing the song “Night and Day” by Cole Porter, opened on Broadway on this date. Porter claimed that the Islamic call to worship he heard on a trip to Morocco inspired the song.

The movie, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, appeared in 1934. Ironically, the movie won the Academy Award for best song, but not for “Night and Day.” Rather, “The Continental” by Magidson and Conrad, took home the prize.

Night and Day Lyrics

Like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom
When the jungle shadows fall
Like the tick tick tock of the stately clock
As it stands against the wall

Like the drip drip drip of the raindrops
When the summer shower is through
So a voice within me keeps repeating
You, you, you

Night and day, you are the one
Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
Whether near to me, or far
It’s no matter darling where you are
I think of you
Day and night, night and day, why is it so

That this longing for you follows wherever I go
In the roaring traffic’s boom
In the silence of my lonely room
I think of you
Day and night, night and day

Under the hide of me
There’s an oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me
And this torment won’t be through
Until you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day

Below, a video of the song performed in the movie by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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