Song of the Day #2,487: ‘You’re Getting To Be a Habit’ – Frank Sinatra

sinatra_swingin_loversI’ve written quite a bit about my love of the melancholy Frank Sinatra — Only the Lonely, In the Wee Small Hours and all that good stuff.

But it’s hard to deny the appeal of Sinatra’s flip side, the uptempo, jazzy style epitomized on 1956’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers. This album was the unlikely successor to In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, making for one of the best one-two punches in music history.

Every kiss, every hug seems to act just like a drug
You’re getting to be a habit with me
Let me stay in your arms I’m addicted to your charms
You’re getting to be a habit with me

I used to think your love was something
That I could take or leave alone
But now I couldn’t do without my supply
I need you for my own

Oh, I can’t break away I must have you everyday
As regularly as coffee or tea
You’ve got me in your clutches and I can’t get free
You’re getting to be a habit with me

Oh, I can’t break away I must have you everyday
As regularly as coffee or tea
You’ve got me in your clutches and I can’t get free
You’re getting to be a habit with me
You’re getting to be a habit with me

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,487: ‘You’re Getting To Be a Habit’ – Frank Sinatra

  1. Dana says:

    1956 must have been an incredibly fascinating time in music history. Here you have Sinatra releasing what is arguably one of his best albums,with a style from what was rapidly becoming a bygone era, competing with the birth of rock in roll. In fact, interestingly, 1956 was the first year of the Billboard charts. This album peaked at number 2. The number one album that beat it? Elvis Presley’s debut album. Frank must have been wondering who the hell this punk kid was who had muscled him out of the top slot. Surely, this new fad would fade! It didn’t. Rock and roll was here to stay. The music world would never be the same again.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Well, imagine my happy surprise to see who is featured on your blog this morning 🙂 It’s true that the music world would never be the same after Elvis and rock and roll. In fact, in the recent HBO 4 hour special on Sinatra, this was brought up and they showed a clip of Frank and Elvis singing together once Frank realized he had to recognize that rock and roll was here to stay. And aren’t we all glad 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    I have to confess I prefer the swinging and jazzy Sinatra, though I certainly appreciate the melancholy songs, as well. This is not a song with which I’m familiar, yet it has that great swing that immediately feels familiar.

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