Song of the Day #3,523: ‘ The Way You Look Tonight’ – Fred Astaire

The rest of my Best Original Song picks are songs that feature prominently within the films’ action. That’s my favorite kind of movie song, as opposed to something slapped over the end credits.

I wanted to dedicate a day to classic songs that went on to transcend the movies for which they were written. Some of these, like today’s SOTD, I didn’t even realize were originally written for a movie.

We all know ‘Over the Rainbow’ originated in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, but the Judy Garland classic has endured as a musical touchstone apart from the film. You can say the same for ‘Moon River’ (from 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ (from 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).

‘The Windmills of Your Mind’ first appeared in 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair, and Nat King Cole’s ‘Mona Lisa’ was written for something called Captain Carey, U.S.A. in 1950.

Today’s pick is a favorite love song of mine, one I know best by Frank Sinatra. It won Best Original Song in 1936, however, because of this performance by Fred Astaire in the musical Swing Time.

When I’m awfully low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look, tonight

Oh but you’re lovely
With you smile so warm
And your cheek so soft
There is nothing for me but to love you
Just the way you look, tonight

With each word you tenderness grows
Tearing my fear apart
And that laugh that wrinkles your nose
Touches my foolish heart

Never never change
Keep that breathless charm
Won’t you please arrange it
‘Cause I love, you
Just the way you look, tonight
Just the way you look, tonight

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,523: ‘ The Way You Look Tonight’ – Fred Astaire

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A timeless classic. I didn’t know this originated from a movie either, though it was used quite well in the remake of Father of the Bride.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Hard to believe this came from a 1936 movie! It is timeless. Listened to the Sinatra version after watching the Astaire video. Wonderful way to start the day ❤️

  3. Amy says:

    I hope he didn’t change his mind when he saw her hair not done!!! Such a beautiful song.

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