Taking a Chance on Love

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This article is about the song. For the 2004 album by Jane Monheit, see Taking a Chance on Love (2004 Jane Monheit album). For the Hallmark Channel TV movie, see Taking a Chance on Love (film).

"Taking a Chance on Love" is a popular song by Vernon Duke with lyrics by John La Touche and Ted Fetter, published in 1940 (see 1940 in music), which has become a standard[1] recorded by many artists.

It was introduced in the 1940 show Cabin in the Sky, a ground-breaking Broadway musical with an all black cast, where it was performed by Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson. A feature film version Cabin in the Sky, starring Waters and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, was released in 1943 and featured the song. A Benny Goodman cover featuring Helen Forrest reached #1 in 1943.


The song contains eight verses. The opening lines are:

Here I go again,
I hear those trumpets blow again,
All aglow again, Taking a chance on love .
Here I slide again,
About to take that ride again,
I'm starry eyed again, Taking a chance on love.

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Preceded by
"I've Heard That Song Before" by Harry James
number-one single according to Billboard magazine
June 12, 1943 - June 26, 1943
Succeeded by
"Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer" by The Song Spinners