I Cover the Waterfront (1933)
(w) Edward Heyman (m) John Green. (I) Ben Bernie and his Orchestra on radio. Recorded by Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra. Later used as title theme for Film: I Cover the Waterfront. (CR) Billie Holiday.
Away from the city that hurts and knocks,
I’m standing alone by the desolate docks
In the still and the chill of the night
I see the horizon the great unknown
My heart has an ache; it’s as heavy as stone
With the dawn coming on, make it last

I cover the waterfront. I’m watching the sea
Will the one I love be coming back to me?
I cover the waterfront. In search of my love
And I’m covered by a starlit sky above

Here am I patiently waiting, hoping and longing
Oh how I yearn. Where are you? Are you forgetting?
Do you remember? Will you return?

I cover the waterfront. I’m watching the sea
For the one I love must soon come back to me