I'll Know

Songwriter: Frank Loesser
Performer: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons
Category: Golden Oldies

In the musical Guys and Dolls, gambler Nathan (played by Frank Sinatra) bets fellow gambler Sky (played by Marlon Brando) that Sky couldn't convince strait-laced Salvation Army girl Sarah (Jean Simmons) to go out with him on a date. At first Sarah keeps Sky at bay, but (of course - it's a 50s musical!), she succumbs to his charms and the two opposites fall in love. This song comes as Sarah sings to Sky that she's got her future love life all planned out, down to the type of man she intends to fall in love with. Sky counters by saying he figures he'll just be surprised when love finds him.

Barbra Streisand included this song in her concerts, splicing Marlon Brando's parts on a screen with her own live phrases replacing Jean Simmons.

Sheet music (piano solo)
Sheet music (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)


For I've imagined every bit of him
To the strong moral fiber to the wisdom in his head
To the home-y aroma of his pipe
You have wished yourself a Scarsdale Galahad
The breakfast-eating, Brooks-brothers type.
Yes, and I shall meet him when the time is right.

SKY (spoken) You've got the guy all figured out.
SARAH (spoken) I have.
SKY (spoken) Including what he smokes. All figured out, huh?
SARAH (spoken) All figured out.

I'll know when my love comes along
I won't take a chance.
I'll know he'll be just what I need
Not some fly-by-night Broadway romance. SKY: And you'll know at a glance by the two-pair of pants.

SARAH I'll know by the calm steady voice
Those feet on the ground.
I'll know as I run to his arms
That at last I've come home safe and sound.
Until then, I shall wait.
Until then, I'll be strong.
Oh, I'll know, when my love comes along.

SKY (spoken) No, no, no! You are talking about love! You can't dope it like that. What are you picking, a guy or a horse?
SARAH (spoken) I wouldn't expect a gambler to understand.
SKY (spoken) Would you like to hear how a gambler feels about the big heart throb?
SARAH (spoken) No!
SKY (spoken) Well, I'll tell you.

Mine will come as a surprise to me.
Mine I lead to chance and chemistry.

SARAH (spoken) Chemistry?
SKY (spoken) Yeah, chemistry.

Suddenly I'll know when my love comes along
I'll know then and there
I'll know at the sight of her face
How I care, how I care, how I care
And I'll stop. And I'll stare.

And I'll know long before we can speak
I'll know in my heart.
I'll know and I won't ever ask
Am I right, am I wise, am I smart.
And I'll stop. And I'll stare.
At that face. In the throng.
Yes, I'll know when my love comes along...


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