Lover Man


I don’t know why but I’m feeling so sad
I long to try something I’ve never had
Never had no kissin’
Oh, what I’ve been missin’
Lover man, oh, where can you be?

The night is cold and I’m so all alone
I’d give my soul just to call you my own
Got a moon above me but no one to love me
Lover man, oh, where can you be?

I’ve heard it said that the thrill of romance
Can be like a Heavenly dream
I go to bed with a prayer
That you’ll make love to me
Strange as it seems

Someday we’ll meet and you’ll dry all my tears
Then whisper sweet little things in my ear
Ah, huggin’ and ah, kissin’
Oh, what I’ve been missin’
Lover man, lover man, where can you be?

Song Notes

“Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” (often called simply “Lover Man”) was written by Jimmy Davis, James Sherman and her old pal Roger (“Ram”) Ramirez from their teenage years appearing at The Apollo Theater in Harlem together. You can find a great of them horsing around in the bak alley behind the theater between sets.

The song is particularly associated with Billie Holiday, for whom it was written, and her 1944 version reached #5 on the R&B chart and #16 on pop in 1945, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989.