Porter, Cole - After you who?
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Some songs have remained inexplicably obscure. After You, Who? was a great favorite of Mabel Mercer, but it disappeared for some time until it reappeared on Jody Watley's "red hot + blue" arrangement
But here we have John Barrowman's version on a recent album, whose interpretation somehow seems to match the sentiments more closely.
After You, Who? - The Gay Divorce* (1932)
Though with joy I should be reeling that at last you came my way,
There's no further use concealing that I'm feeling far from gay,
For the rare allure about you makes me all the plainer see
How inane, how vain, how empty life without you would be.
After you, who could supply my sky of blue?
After you, who could I love?
After you, why should I take the time to try,
For who else could qualify - after you, who?
Hold my hand and swear you'll never cease to care,
For without you there what could I do?
I could search years but who else could change my tears
Into laughter after you?