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Released in 1998

A Room With A View

Written by Noël Coward

Last updated on July 27, 2014

Album This song officially appears on the Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noel Coward Official album.

Timeline This song was officially released in 1998

Related session

This song was recorded during the following studio sessions:

“A Room With A View” is a song from Noël Coward, recorded by Paul McCartney as part of a tribute album released in 1998. While the credits mention “Mellow T.Ron and his Mood Men Featuring Stick Willie Guitar“, the song has been recorded by Paul alone, and engineered by “Eduardo Pequeño” aka Eddie Klein.

SongFacts describes the original song as:

This jaunty, uptempo love song has long become a standard. Noël Coward borrowed the title from the 1908 novel by E.M. Forster, whose love story is regarded as a critique of Edwardian society. In 1927, Coward suffered a nervous breakdown and burn out after his play This Was A Man which had been banned in England, flopped in the United States. He had been working flat out since 1924 when The Vortex, which he wrote and starred in, took the theatrical world by storm. He booked a ticket to Hong Kong but stopped off in Hawaii for several weeks where he stayed with the Dillingham family to recuperate. The song came into his head one day as he lay dozing in the sun. It went into the revue This Year Of Grace the following year.

The sheet music was published by Chappell of London. An early recording was made by Billy Elliot on the Edison Bell Winner label; seventy years later it was recorded by no less an artist than Paul McCartney for a Coward tribute album.

This tribute album was entitled Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noël Coward, and profits from the album sale were donated to the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust.


A room with a view and you

And no one to worry us,

No one to hurry us through this dream we've found.

We'll gaze at the sky and try

To guess what it's all about,

Then we we will figure out why the world is round.

We'll be as happy and contented as birds upon a tree,

High above the mountains and sea.

We'll build and we'll coo -oo-oo-

And sorrow will never come,

Oh, will it ever come true, a room room with a view.

We'll build and we'll coo -oo-oo-

And sorrow will never come,

Oh, will it ever come true, a room room with a view.

Oo-oo, a room with a view.

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