Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: “Stella By Starlight”

Jim’s theme for today is "Songs that have a girls’ name in it which starts with an S." My choice is the jazz standard "Stella By Starlight," a song Victor Young wrote for the 1944 film The Uninvited, which starred Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and Donald Crisp. Ned Washington wrote lyrics for it in 1946. Numerous instrumental and vocal versions of it have been recorded.

There are two singers who sing the standards better than anyone, in my opinion: Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Here are both of their versions.

The lyrics, per AZLyrics:

The song a robin sings,
Through years of endless springs,
The murmur of a brook at evening tides.
That ripples through a nook where two lovers hide.

That great symphonic theme,
That’s Stella by starlight,
And not a dream,
My heart and I agree,
She’s everything on this earth to me.

That great symphonic theme,
That’s Stella by starlight,
And not a dream,
My heart and I agree,
She’s everything on this earth to me.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for April 18, 2021.

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: “Stella By Starlight”

  1. Talk about coincidence, I am sitting at my desk(at home working) and I just started this song with Ella. When she sung the word “Robin” I looked up and there on the roof, looking at me, was a Robin. That was wild. Love this song and the film…poor Gail Russell. They are both so good. I like Ella’s voice more but she made the song more chipper and not as haunting. Frank achieved that haunting effect but I want Ella’s voice.

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