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That's Him Over There
1956 Marilyn Bergman, Lew Spence
Lew Spence grew up on Long Island and spent many years playing piano in Arizona and New York before settling in California in his early 30s, working gigs at little nightclubs and beginning to think up his own music. Marilyn, who was 27 and recently arrived from New York, approached him in early 1956 with a lyric. Spence liked "That's Him Over There," wrote out a melody and Peggy Lee recorded it, whereupon Marilyn became his afternoon writing partner. But soon Spence was two-rhyming her. In the mornings he had quietly begun working with someone else - a struggling young songwriter also from New York - Alan. Eventually, Spence decided that morning should meet afternoon, and very quickly that old feeling was in the air.
-Nicholas Dawidoff in New York Times (adapted from)

Recording sessions
1959: New York
I see your face
In this room full of faces
I'm trying hard not to stare
Strange to see you again
Here of all places
That's him over there

My baby looks the same
As he did when I met him
I'd know that laugh anywhere
It was so foolish of me
To think that I'd forget him
That's him over there

I wish I could be
The girl at his side
The one who has taken my place
Can everyone see
What I'm trying to hide
Isn't it written all over my face

I guess that you know
What extremes I have gone to
To prove that I didn't care
You were so anxious
To meet the dream
That I've hung on to

Well that's him
That's my Jim
Over there

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)