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Just Say I Love Him
1930 Jimmy Dale, Rodolfo Falvo, Enzo Fusco, Martin Kalmanoff, Jack Val, Sam Ward
The original version is the Neapolitan (i. e. Italian) song "Dicitencello vuje" published in 1930 by the lyricist Enzo Fusco and the composer Rodolfo Falvo.
The song became promptly a classic, being translated into English with the title "Just Say I Love Her" and interpreted by dozens of performers, among which Vic Damone, Eddie Fisher, Frankie Avalon, Al Martino, Connie Francis, Artie Shaw, Tony Bennett, Timi Yuro.

Recording sessions
1961: New York
Just say that I need him
As roses need the rain
And tell him that without him
My dreams are all in vain

Just say I love him
Loved him from the start
And tell him that I'm yearning
To say what's in my heart

Just say that I need him
As roses need the rain
Tell him that without him
My dreams are all in vain

If you should chance to meet him
Anytime anyplace anywhere
Say I was a fool to leave him
Tell him how much a fool can care

And if he tells you
He's lonely now and then
Just won't you tell him that I love him
And want him back again

If you should see him
Anytime anyplace anywhere
Tell him I was a fool to leave him
Tell him how much a fool can care

And if he tells you
He's lonely now and then
Won't you just say I love him
And want him back again

Won't you just say I love him
And want him back again

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1977 July 19: Antibes (FR) 19th Jazz á Juan Festival
 
 
1993: Hollywood (US-CA) Oceanway Studios
Just say I love him
Loved him from the start
And tell him that I'm yearning
 
 
2000 April 13-14: São Paulo (BR) Via Funchal