Fever (original lyrics)


Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever thatís so hard to bear

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Evírybodyís got the fever
that is something you all know
Fever isnít such a new thing
Fever started long ago

Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
I light up when you call my name
And you know Iím gonna treat you right

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Romeo loved Juliet
Juliet she felt the same
When he put his arms around her
He said, Julie baby, youíre my flame

Thou givest fever when we kisseth
Fever with thy flaming youth
Fever, Iím afire
Fever, yea I burn forsooth

Captain Smith and Pocahontas
Had a very mad affair
When her daddy tried to kill him
She said Daddy-o donít you dare

He gives me fever with his kisses
Fever when he holds me tight
Fever, Iím his Missus
Oh daddy, wonít you treat him right

Now youíve listened to my story
Hereís the point that I have made
Cats were born to give chicks fever
Be it Fahrenheit or centigrade

They give you fever when you kiss them
Fever if you live and learn
Fever till you sizzle
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn


Words and music by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley
©1956 Jay and Cee Music Corporation
Recorded by Little Willie John in 1956
Big hit for Peggy Lee in 1958
Recorded by the McCoys in 1965 and by Rita Coolidge in 1973



Not officially released by Tom Waits
Live versions available on these bootleg CDís and tapes:

Faces Club, Dallas, Texas, October 24, 1976
Erikson Kiwa, East Lansing, November 13, 1976
Storming Heaven Benefit, The Raven Theatre, Healdsburg, August 11, 1996


Lyrics for the Healdsburg version:

Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever thatís so hard to bear

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Now Romeo he loved Juliet
Juliet she felt the same
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever thatís so hard to explain

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever, youíre my baby
I know youíre gonna treat me right

Well, the sun lights up the daytime
And the moon lights up the night
And I light up when you call my name
I know youíre gonna treat me right

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever, youíre my baby
I know youíre gonna treat me right
Well, now youíve listened to my story
This is all Iíd like to say
That chicks were born to give you fever
Be it Fahrenheit or centigrade

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Well, youíll never know how much I love you
Well, youíll never know how much I care
But when you put your arms around me
I get a fever thatís so hard to bear

You give me fever when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night
Fever all through the night
Baby, such a lovely way to burn
And itís such a lovely way to burn
Well, itís such a lovely way to burn
Such a lovely way to burn



Tom Waits: Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite: Harp
Charlie Sexton: Guitar
Ralph Carney: Saxophone