Let Me Entertain You: The Top Ten Songs by Jule Styne

By Ben Rimalower
18 Jan 2014

5. "Long Before I Knew You" from Bells Are Ringing, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

With "Long Before I Knew You," Jule Styne once again composed a ballad that got right to specific heart of what the words are also expressing. In the verses where the lyrics rhapsodize, "I pictured someone who'd walk and talk and smile as you do," Styne provided a tune that spins and spirals like a person in love feeling the rush of their dreams at last coming true. Bells Are Ringing has many assets, but I believe the beauty of this song, which closes the first act, is crucial to the audience's investment in the lead characters and their romance.