The Song Is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On)

"The Song is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On)" is a popular song composed by Irving Berlin in 1927. Early hits in 1928 were by Ruth Etting and by Whispering Jack Smith. In 1948, Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm briefly charted with the song.[1]

The song has been recorded by numerous singers over the years,[2] including by Ella Fitzgerald on her award-winning Irving Berlin Songbook. [3]

The song's lyric is referenced in Ira Gershwin's verse to "They Can't Take That Away from Me", in the line the song is ended, but as the songwriter wrote, the melody lingers on.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 583. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
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