"I Love You, Porgy" as written by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin and Du Bose Heyward....
I loves you, Porgy,
Don't let him take me
Don't let him handle me
And drive me mad
If you can keep me
I want to stay here with you forever
And I'll be glad

Yes I loves you, Porgy,
Don't let him take me
Don't let him handle me
With his hot hands
If you can keep me
I wants to stay here with you forever
I've got my man

I loves you, Porgy,
Don't let him take me
Don't let him handle me
And drive me mad
If you can keep me
I want to stay here with you forever
I've got my man

Someday I know he's coming to call me
He's going to handle me and hold me
So, it' going to be like dying, Porgy
When he calls me
But when he comes I know I'll have to go

I loves you, Porgy,
Don't let him take me
Honey, don't let him handle me
And drive me mad
If you can keep me
I want to stay here with you forever
I've got my man


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"I Loves You Porgy" as written by George Gershwin Du Bose Heyward

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    General Commentthis song is one of the ones that best demonstrate how achingly beautiful billie's voice was.
    fannyfritteron February 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbillie holiday, i mean. nina simone is my favourite singer of all time, but i don't think her version of this song compares to billie's version.
    fannyfritteron July 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust a musical fragment from Gershwin's standard-filled "folk opera" Porgy and Bess, beautifully expanded into a jazzy love song. Bess' passive but passionate ballad motivates the climactic fight to the death between Porgy and Crown.
    p.s. I love Billie too, but give it up for Nina; this is a jazz art-song classic.
    Kuahewaon November 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love how this song provides you with a sheath in the middle of whatever maelstrom you're going through personally. Both Nina and Billie sing it masterfully. Nina's voice feels a little more knowing to me though.
    tanczyncon February 15, 2015   Link

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