George Gershwin

Drifting Along with the Tide, song (from George White's Scandals of 1921)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Impressario George White began his famous Scandals series of Broadway revues in 1911 and managed to create a new production for most years between 1919 and 1939. There were also famous movie versions of his shows in 1934 and 1945. Gershwin wrote this catchy song along with four others ("I Love You," "She's Just a Baby," "South Sea Isles," and "Where East Meets West") for George White's Scandals that premiered July 11, 1921, at the Apollo Theater in New York. The show was a success and so was "Drifting Along With the Tide," which, like the other songs, featured lyrics by Arthur Jackson. The song exhibits Gershwin's jazzy style, but divulges less of the black American folk influence so often heard in his works from the period. It has a carefree, jaunty manner, but is a bit livelier than the title might lead the listener to expect. Still, its nonchalance and playfulness impart a certain sense of drifting along. Gershwin's bluesy harmonies deftly color the atmosphere, and as usual his music seems a perfect match for the catchy lyrics -- or is it Jackson who marries his words so well to the swing of Gershwin's notes?

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2004 Resonance / Sanctuary Records CDRSB 401
    2003 Dal Segno SATRCD 0003
    2001 Klavier Records 77031
    2001 Klavier Records 11117
    2000 Intersound 2537
    1997 Reference Recordings 3619
    1995 ASV / ASV/Living Era 328
    1993 White Line / ASV / ASV/Living Era CDWHL 2074
    Pro-Arte Records CDD-3552
    Intersound 6215
    Klavier Records 11001
    Fonoteca 961111