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Nat 'King' Cole - 'I'm Through With Love'

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Published on May 24, 2009

One of the great Jazz Standards from the 1930's
words & Music by...

Gus Kahn/Matt Malneck/'Fud' Livingston (1931)

Lyrics

I'm through with love, I'll never fall again.
Said adieu to love, don't ever call again.
For I must have you or no one,
And so I'm through with love.
I've locked my heart; I'll keep my feelings there.
I have stocked my heart with icy, frigid air.
And I mean to care for no one,
Because I'm through with love
Why did you lead me to think you could care?
You didn't need me, you had your share
Of slaves around you to hound you and swear
with deep emotion and devotion to you.
Goodbye to spring and all it meant to me;
It can never bring the thing that used to be.
For I must have you or no one,
And so I'm through with love, baby, and so I'm through with love.

'Fud' Livingston started out on accordion and piano before settling on saxophone. He played with Talmadge Henry in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1923, then worked with Ben Pollack, the California Ramblers, Jean Goldkette, Nat Shilkret, Don Voorhees, and Jan Garber; he also recorded freelance with musicians such as Joe Venuti, Red Nichols, and Miff Mole. He did some arrangement work for Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke, including the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty".
He worked with Fred Elizalde in London in 1929, then returned to New York City to play with Paul Whiteman. His stint with Whiteman, which lasted from 1930 to 1933, was mainly as an arranger, though he played occasionally. Later in the 1930s he worked with Benny Goodman (1934), Jimmy Dorsey (1935-37), Bob Zurke, and Pinky Tomlin (1940). He essentially stopped writing and arranging at this point, though he occasionally performed in small-time venues in New York in the 1950s. He never recorded as a leader.

His compositions included "Feelin' No Pain", "Imagination", "Humpty Dumpty", recorded by Frankie Trumbauer with Bix Beiderbecke, "Harlem Twist" with Chauncey Morehouse", and the jazz standard "I'm Through With Love".

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