29 July 2011

Eric Clapton's version of "How Deep is the Ocean?"

I listened today to the 1973 "Clapton" album; mixed in with all the blues pieces was his version of an old song with refreshingly upbeat lyrics:
How much do I love you? I'll tell you no lie -
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

How many times a day do I think of you?
How many roses are sprinkled with dew?

How far would I travel to be where you are?
How far is the journey from here to a star?

And if I ever lose you how much would I cry?
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?
Irving Berlin wrote the song in 1932.  I found videos of covers by Peggy Lee/Benny Goodman, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Etta James, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles.  I'll embed here a brief cinema version by Bing Crosby because it was recorded in 1946 - a year that has a certain resonance for me.


  1. The Bill Evans Trio does a nice version of it too.

  2. Wow - that is a touching song.

  3. Phil - for a really moving Clapton song, listen to "Tears in Heaven" after reading the backstory -



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