Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me


Bobby Troup and Julie London-4Bobby Troup and Julie London-5

(above) Bobby Troup and Julie London — source: JulieLondon.org

Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me (Bobby Troup) — date published unknown

I’m aware of only the few recordings of the song included below, by Teri Thornton, Julie London, Bobby Troup, and Marilyn Maye. I’ve often wondered why the song did not become well-known and frequently covered. Perhaps the triple rhymes and off-rhymes —  Yesterday/here’s today, cold again/fold again, be content/be so bent, serener place/greener place, etc. — were thought to be outdated or artificial. Such constructions may have been considered passé long before Troup published this song. Among American popular song lyricists of the 20th century, triple rhymes are most closely associated with Lorenz Hart.

On the day before creating and publishing this post, I noticed that someone had entered the site via a keyword search looking for the lyric to “Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me.” I didn’t have it. In fact, I’d been periodically looking for the lyric for the previous four or five years. So, after another round of searches came up empty I decided to transcribe it. The following transcription is drawn from the taped live performance by Bobby Troup and his band for the 1965 Julie London TV variety special, Julie: Something Special.

Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me — words and music by Bobby Troup

Yesterday, things looked bright
I never knew a kiss so right
But here’s today — I’m out in the cold again
Just like a sheep that’s lost from his fold again
Won’t someone please belong to me

Find my love, mind my love
Try not to be unkind, my love
Just be content — there is no serener place
Don’t be so bent in finding a greener place
Won’t someone please belong to me

A fool am I
You’d think someday I’d learn
For fools like I
The tables never turn
But I’m not wise
I’m always taken by surprise, surprise

Days are long
Nights are long
Time seems so slow when things go wrong
Won’t someone new come here and be mad to be
Near someone who is true and so glad to be
Won’t someone please, please, please belong to me
Please belong to me
Please belong to me

transcribed by Jim “doc” Radcliff on 10 March 2015*


1965 Won't Someone Please Belong to Me (Troup)-Teri Thornton Columbia 4-43209 (B-side)

Teri Thornton — B-side of the 45 rpm single “To Remember You By,” Columbia 4-43209, issued on 25 January 1965

Note: Despite each of the following two videos purporting to contain a copy of the B-side of Columbia 4-43209, though the second contains an image which suggests that it might be from a promotional copy of the single, they aren’t even close to being the same length, one being several seconds shorter than the 2:25 stated on the label and the other several seconds longer. The recording in video 1 is about 2:20 in length, while that in video 2 is about 2:32. However, since they sound like the same recording played at two different speeds, I surmise that at some point perhaps either the shorter one was slightly sped up, the longer one slowed down, or both.

video 1


video 2


Bobby Troup — from the album Kicks on 66, released on 14 November 1995 — The year of the recording of this track is unknown, possibly 1965. Although the AllMusic.com page on the album indicates that the tracks were recorded in “1965 & 1969,” the review by Nick Dedina on the page refers to the recordings as “these transcriptions from the early 1960s.”

Thanks to visitor KLR for informing me about this recording in a comment dated 7 August 2017, and for providing a link to a YouTube video containing the track.


Bobby Troup Quartet — live, from the Julie London TV variety special Julie: Something Special, air date: 17 November 1965

likely quartet personnel (inferred from the personnel for the 1964 Julie London Show): Bobby Troup: piano, Dennis Budimir: guitar, Don Bagley: bass, Denells Barton: drums, unknown: trumpet

JulieLondon.org says,

On November 17th, 1965 WGN-TV in Chicago aired an hour-long special titled Julie: Something Special. Julie sings many of her popular numbers and is joined by, now husband, Bobby Troup and the quartet, The Hi-Lo’s. All of their performances are included. This show was re-aired on NBC-TV on February 13th, 1967.

It must have been the rebroadcast on NBC which I saw as a child of nine, for I recalled this performance decades later when I came across the video several years ago.


1965 Feeling Good-Julie London (LP) Liberty LST-7416

Julie London — from the 1965 LP Feeling Good: with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, LRP-3416 (Mono), LST-7416 Stereo


The Second of Maye, Marilyn Maye, (US) RCA Victor LSP-3546, released in 1966

Marilyn Maye — from the live album The Second of Maye, (US) RCA Victor LSP-3546, released in 1966 [Thanks to visitor Helen, whose helpful comment made me aware of this recording.]

From marilynmaye.com:

This album marked the second collaboration of Marilyn and Joe Rene. It was recorded live at The Living Room, a then-famous New York nightclub, and released in 1966. Joining Marilyn was The Sammy Tucker Quintet featuring Sammy Tucker, her husband at the time, on the piano. The album notes were penned by Skitch Henderson, then-musical director for The Tonight Show.


* “Days” and “Nights” are reversed in the first two lines of the final section in the versions by Teri Thornton, Julie London, and Marilyn Maye. The line “Won’t someone new come here and be mad to be” is slightly different in the Thornton and London versions, the first word being “Please” instead of “Won’t,” and “glad” replacing “mad.” However, the second line of the section is identical to the Troup version in the London recording (she sings “glad” in both lines, twice), yet very different in the Thornton recording, which goes “Near someone true, as true as you’ll ever be.” The lyric sung by Marilyn Maye in her live version also displays other minor differences from each of the others. She replaces the word “sheep” with “lamb,” and modifies the phrase “bent in,” in the expression “Don’t be so bent in,” to “bent on.”

For other lyric transcriptions by yours truly see the page Unsung lyrics, transcribed by doc.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen
    Mar 14, 2015 @ 02:04:15

    Hi, I love this song and had a tape version which I think was by Marilyn Maye which is wonderful. Been trying to it track down!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. KLR
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 17:37:33

    This is my favorite song of Troup’s. Here’s a studio take from him: Please Belong To Me – YouTube

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Aug 07, 2017 @ 20:13:38

      Hi KLR,

      It’s a wonderful song. Thanks for this recording, which I hadn’t been aware of. I’ve read several reviews today of the 1995 Troup CD album Kicks On 66, all of which indicate that it’s a compilation of early 1960s recordings. I’ll certainly include it in this page ASAP. Going to try to identify the year of the recording, musicians, etc. first. Thanks again. :)




  3. KLR
    Oct 01, 2017 @ 01:18:06

    Hey Doc, there’s a bio of Mrs. T out in stores: Go Slow- The Life of Julie London. This tune was written in the spring of ’65 – and was Bobby’s first in years. Pretty good comeback, eh?

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Oct 23, 2017 @ 01:40:26

      Hey KLR. Sorry for the long delay and thanks for that info. Have you read the book? I looked it up a few weeks ago and found a Google eBook page on it with preview. I think somewhere in the book it’s mentioned that the song was written in 1964. Can you confirm that? I’ll look it up again when I get a chance. It’s bedtime at the moment. : )



    • doc
      Oct 23, 2017 @ 01:44:05

      The Teri Thornton single was issued on 25 January 1965.



  4. Thomas Masinter
    Oct 24, 2017 @ 23:34:28

    Was the sheet music for this song published? I want a copy, but can find none.

    Liked by 1 person


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