I (Who Have Nothing)
Music written by C. Donida. English lyric penned by Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller.
I (Who Have Nothing)recorded: September 6, 1963
UK: September, 1963 on Columbia single DB 7113
US: March 10, 1964 on United Artists single UA 699
charted: single UK: #6, September 26, 1963
It has also been recorded together with the London Symphony Orchestra
on the album I Am What I Am.
This recording has the wonderful long finale with the solo trumpet that
you'll hear at the live concerts too, but not on the original recording.
Another orchestral arangement that I like very much is that from the 1989 album La Mujer where Shirley Bassey sings this song in Spanish: Hoy No Tengo Nada.
1972 a new English studio recording had been released on an extremely scarce DJ-only promo record, but this recording has never been officially released.
Other artists that have performed this song and have reached US Billboard
chart positions have been Ben E. King who has reached position number 29 1963.
And Tom Jones climbed to No. 14 in the charts 1970.
And 1979 Sylvester (James) reached No. 40 in the charts with this song.
In a concert in The Netherlands in 1980 Shirley Bassey said before singing "I (Who Have Nothing)": "This is an ideal moment to sing a song Tom Jones stole from me. Well, I gave it to him... I couldn't resist."
For a decade, from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, Jerry Leiber and Mike
Stoller were the most successful songwriting team in popular music, writing
hits for groups like the Coasters and the Drifters and giving Elvis Presley
some of his best material. The songs included for example "Love Potion
#9," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand By Me." A Broadway
musical revue called "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opened 1995 and it contains 38
of the songs of Leiber / Stoller, including "I (Who Have Nothing)". Premiere
of the musical has been on Thursday, March 2nd, 1995 at the Virginia Theatre
in New York.
You, you buy her diamonds
Bright, sparkling diamonds
But believe me, dear, when I say
That she can give you the world
You can take her any place she wants
To fancy clubs and restaurants
But I can only watch you with
I, I who have nothing
I, I who have no one
Must watch you, go dancing by
Wrapped in the arms of somebody else
When darling it is I