But Not for Me – Song and Lyrics by Ahmad Jamal

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Written by: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

Duration: 3:32

Discover the poetic beauty in ‘But Not for Me’ by Ahmad Jamal. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Ahmad Jamal or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

Old man sunshine listen you
Never tell me dreams come true
Just try it and I’ll start a riot
Beatrice Fairfax don’t you dare
Ever tell me he will care
I’m certain it’s the final curtain
I never want to hear from any cheerful Pollyannas
Who tell you fate supplies a mate
It’s all bananas

They’re writing songs of love but not for me
A lucky star’s above but not for me
With love to lead the way I’ve found more clouds of gray
Than any Russian play could guarantee

I was a fool to fall and get that way
Hi-ho, alas, and also lack-a-day
Although I can’t dismiss the memory of his kiss
I guess he’s not for me

I was a fool to fall and get that way
Hi-ho, alas, and also lack-a-day
Although I can’t dismiss the memory of his kiss