Tango Jalousie

Tango Jalousie, composed by Jacob Gade of Denmark, is one of the most popular tunes in the world. He premiered the work during a silent movie in Copenhagen. The lyrics written and published in 1940 by Vera Bloom contributed to its popularity in the USA during World War II. I remember hearing Frankie Laine’s recording of Jealousy when I was growing up in Chicago. It has been performed by the orchestra of “Forever Tango.”  

Jealousy, night and day you torture me.
I sometimes wonder if this spell that I’m under,
Can only be a melody for I know no one but me,
Has won your heart but when the music starts:

My peace departs,
From the moment they play that lovely strain
And we surrender to all its charm again.
This jealousy that tortures me is ecstasy, mystery, pain.

We dance to a tango of love.
Your heart beats with mine as we sway.
Your eyes give the answer I’m dreaming of:
That soft word your cruel lips will never say.

Well, I fear that the music will end,
and shatter the spell it may lend.
To make me believe when your eyes just deceive,
It’s only a tango you love.

I fear that the music will end,
and shatter the spell it may lend.
To make me believe when your eyes just deceive,
It’s only a tango you love.
It’s only a tango that you love.

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