Song of the Day #1,653: ‘(How Little It Matters) How Little We Know’ – Frank Sinatra

sinatraI knew this was a Frank Sinatra song about three seconds in, though I didn’t know which one. I don’t have many albums from this era in my collection, so the sound of a big band orchestra generally means just one thing: Ol’ Blue Eyes is back.

I’m not at all familiar with this particular song, though it’s instantly great in the way all of these old songs are great.

What struck me as I listened to it was that my father would no doubt know not just that this was a Frank Sinatra song three seconds in, but which one, and he’d proceed to sing along with every word. He knows his Sinatra the way I know my Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan.

Does that mean Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan are viewed by my kids the way Sinatra was viewed by me? That’s not necessarily a bad thing (I love Sinatra, and always have) but it sure does put things in perspective.

How little we know! How much to discover
What chemical forces flow from lover to lover!
How little we understand what touches off that tingle,
That sudden explosion when two tingles intermingle.

Who cares to define what chemistry this is?
Who cares, with your lips on mine, how ignorant bliss is?
So long as you kiss me, and the world around us shatters,
How little it matters, how little we know.

(Musical interlude)

How little we understand what touches off that tingle,
That sudden explosion when two tingles intermingle.

Who cares to define what chemistry this is?
Who cares, with your lips on mine, how ignorant bliss is?
So long as you kiss me, and the world around us shatters,
How little it matters, how little we know.
How little we know.
How little we know.

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,653: ‘(How Little It Matters) How Little We Know’ – Frank Sinatra

  1. Dana says:

    As much as I love Costello and, to a lesser degree, Dylan, even I am not sure if either has the same classic and timeless quality of Sinatra. So I am not sure your kids would see those artists in the same way (save for possibly early Dylan iconic songs like “blowin’ in the wind.” Now, I do think the Beatles have that quality.

  2. Amy says:

    I will now ask Mom (or Dad) to share the Sinatra story they told us the other day, which demonstrates that even THEY don’t know every Sinatra song (but they certainly have come to appreciate how the Internet can help them solve that problem).

    This song doesn’t seem familiar to me either, but I agree that it’s sort of instantly wonderful. That familiar sound all of these great old songs have – not to mention, of course, Sinatra’s voice. I’ve been watching the “Come Fly with Me” scene in Catch Me if You Can this week (as I played it for my classes). Just love him!

  3. peg says:

    So, I’m a little late to the party here, sorry. Just love the blog and the comments. It’s true that Dad would always know not only that it was a Sinatra song but know all the words; I remember in our early time together being so impressed by it all :) As to Amy’s comment, we were listening to a song Frank was singing and couldn’t make out the chorus words which turned out to be “You stay baby, and I will pray” were the words, but we kept hearing “You say baby, I afraid” and it didn’t make any sense; thanks to the internet we figured it out :) It’s not a favorite song of ours and the first time we had a problem with a Sinatra lyric! It’s always a treat when you feature him–thanks

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