"Prelude to a Kiss" is a 1938 song composed by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, with lyrics by Irving Gordon. Song is included on Billie Holiday's album "Velvet Mood." This album was released in 1956 on Clef Records. This is the only Billie Holiday album that is out of print.

Billie's accompanied by Benny Carter (alto saxophone), Barney Kessel (guitar), Harry Edison (trumpet), Jimmy Rowles (piano), John Simmons (bass), and Larry Bunker (drums). Recorded in Los Angeles, August 23, 1955. (Clef Records)

If you hear
A song in blue
Like a flower crying
For the dew
That was my heart serenading you
My prelude to a kiss

And if you hear a song that grows
From my tender sentimental woes
That was my heart trying to compose
A prelude to a kiss

Though it's just a simple melody
With nothing fancy
Nothing much
You could turn it to a symphony
A Shubert tune with a Gershwin touch

Oh how my love song gently cries
For the tenderness within your eyes
My love's a prelude that never dies
A prelude to a kiss

Though it's just a simple melody
With nothing fancy
Nothing much
You could turn it to a symphony
A Shubert tune with a Gershwin touch

Oh how my love song gently cries
For the tenderness within your eyes
My love is a prelude that never dies
My prelude to a kiss

1957

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