George Gershwin

But Not for Me, song (from Girl Crazy, musical)

    Description by Adrian Corleonis

    In the Gershwins' 1930 hit musical, Girl Crazy, cowgirl postmistress Molly Gray, of the Wild West boondocks, vacillates between contempt and hopeless love for New York playboy Danny Churchill. Having already sung "Embraceable You" with Danny in the first act, by the second and final act her feelings have definitely shifted toward the latter --

    Old Man Sunshine listen you!

    Never tell me, "Dreams come true!"

    Just try it

    And I'll start a riot...

    -- though not without a large dose of lingering ambivalence --

    They're writing songs of love,

    But not for me.

    A lucky star's above

    But not for me

    -- reflected in the gently rocking melody, which rises in the anthem-like Gershwin manner:

    With love to lead the way

    I've found more clouds of gray

    Than any Russian play could guarantee....

    sung by the 19-year-old Ginger Rogers, doing her second Broadway show.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Masterworks / Sony Classical 88985395202
    2014 Sony Classical 88843047122
    2013 RCA Red Seal / Sony Classical 88725462392
    2012 Warner Classics 678298
    2011 Warner Classics 2564678306
    2011 Decca
    2011 Decca 4782687
    2010 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099960668
    2010 Palm Records / Zebralution
    2010 Masterworks / Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 8869761145
    2009 Parade PAR 2033
    2009 Sony Classical Essential Classics / Sony Classics 50529
    2008 Madacy / Madacy Entertainment 53760
    2008 Madacy Entertainment 53759
    2007 ABC Classics 4765964
    2007 Scandinavian Classics 220545205
    2006 Rhino 73192
    2006 Sony Music Distribution 77136
    2005 Philips
    2005 Philips B0004507
    2004 Golden Classics / Madacy 6493
    2003 Nome Company Of Dallas, Inc / Orchard 1721
    2003 ATMA Classique 22253
    2003 Philips 000121702
    2003 Sony Classical S2K 89913
    2003 Universal 9809662
    2002 Orpheus Records / Park South Records 90645
    2000 Metier 92030
    2000 Telarc Distribution 80537
    1999 Collins Records 12992
    1999 Classico 235
    1998 RCA Victor / RCA 63258
    1998 Materiali 90102
    1998 Albany Music Distribution 274
    1998 Sony Classical 60659
    1998 Avid 640
    1998 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 60704
    1998 Avalon Records 22
    1997 Madacy 8808
    1997 Madacy 2977
    1996 Showtunes 1929
    1996 Turtle Creek Chorale 1090
    1996 Collins Records 13622
    1995 Ricercar 135119
    1994 ASV CDWHL 2078
    1993 Mercury 434327
    1993 Vanguard 6002
    1992 Angel Records / Capitol 64670
    1992 Philips / Philips 422401
    1991 EMI Classics / Angel Records CDC-54190
    1989 BMG / RCA 9613-2-R
    1989 CBS Records / Columbia 7927
    1988 Centaur Records 2486
    1987 CBS Records 42516
    1987 Angel Records / Warner Classics 0777747454
    Memoir Classics 502
    Pearl 9617
    Amcam / AmCam Records 10308
    Bolshoi/BMG
    EXL 4234
    Smithsonian Records 107
    Nonesuch
    Madacy 4440
    Telarc Distribution 83309
    Soundscreen 5151