And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by.
Brilliant. Before I really even knew anything about Sinatra, I had a sense of his history.
That version of "Stardust" was recorded in 1961 for the Sinatra and Strings album. Oddly enough, it's not even the complete song. Here is what Will Friedwald says about it in the excellent Sinatra! the Song Is You: A Singer's Art :
"Stardust plays on the idea of delaying the instant of recognition (of what song it is), which you might think he had already taken to its furthest extreme in "Let's Fall in Love" (on Ring-a-Ding Ding). Here he puts it off for so long that the record's over even before we reach this epiphanous moment - which is a fancy way of saying that Sinatra's "Stardust" contains only the verse, a decision that supposedly teed off Hoagy Carmichael to no end. ("I wrote a whole song, not just a verse!" he allegedly exclaimed on hearing the track.)
But Sinatra had recorded the entire song back on