Peggy Lee - Is that all there is
Tekst: Jerry Leiber / Muziek: Mike Stoller
(1969)






I remember when I was a little girl, our house caught on fire.
I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face
as he gathered me up in his arms
and raced through the burning building out of the pavement.
And I stood there shivering in my pajamas
and watched the whole world go up in flames.
And when it was all over, I said to myself:
“Is that all there is to a fire?”



Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is



And when I was twelve years old,
my daddy took me to the circus, the greatest show on earth.
There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears
and a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads.
And as I sat there watching
I had the feeling that something was missing.
I don’t know what, but when it was all over,
I said to myself:
”Is that all there is to the circus?”



Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is



And then I fell in love
with the most wonderful boy in the world.
We take long walks down by the river,
or just sit for hours gazing into each other’s eyes.
We were so very much in love.
And then, one day he went away
and I thought I’d die, but I didn’t
and when I didn’t, I said to myself:
”Is that all there is to love?”



Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep



I know what you must be saying to yourselves:
if that’s the way she feels about it,
why doesn’t she just end it all?
Oh no, not me. I’m not ready for that final disappointment,
’cause I know just as well as I’m standing here talking to you
and when that final moment comes
and I’m breathing my last breath,
I’ll be saying to myself:



Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is









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