This Can’t Be Love

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This Can’t Be Love

Lyrics By Lorenz Hart  Music By Richard Rodgers

Infatuated with one another, Antipholus of Syracuse and Luciana can hardly believe what they’re feeling.

This gem of the Great American Songbook was introduced by Eddie Albert and Marcy Wescott in the 1938 Broadway premiere of The Boys from Syracuse. A playful spoof of the “sick with love” trope commonly found in popular songs, “This Can’t Be Love” became one of Rodgers & Hart’s biggest hits. The song has been recorded by dozens of artists, including Chet Atkins, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Rufus Wainwright and Dina Washington.

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“This Can’t Be Love” LYRICS

Antipholus S:
In Verona my late cousin Romeo
Was three time as stupid as my Dromio.
For he fell in love and then he died of it
Poor half-wit!

This can’t be love because I feel so well,
No sobs, no sorrows, no sighs.
This can’t be love, I get no dizzy spell.
My head is not in the skies.

My heart does not stand still,
Just hear it beat!
This is too sweet
To be love.

This can’t be love because I fell so well,
But still I love to look in your eyes.

Luciana:
Though your cousin loved my cousin Juliet,
Loved her with a passion much more truly yet.
Some poor playwright wrote their drama just for fun.
It won’t run!

This can’t be love because I feel so well,
No sobs, no sorrows, no sighs.
This can’t be love, I get no dizzy spell.
My head is not in the skies.

My heart does not stand still,
Just hear it beat!
This is too sweet
To be love.

This can’t be love because I fell so well,
But still I love to look in your eyes.

Antipholus S:
My heart does not stand still,
Just hear it beat!

Both:
This is too sweet
To be love.

This can’t be love because I fell so well,
But still I love to look in your eyes.