I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan

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composition date
1929
genre
Show
songwriter(s)
Howard Dietz
Arthur Schwartz

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan

The music to “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” was written in 1924 as the camp song, “I Love to Lie Awake in Bed” with lyrics by Schwartz’s campmate, Lorenz Hart. For The Little Show, the tune was used for “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan.” The song was not a hit. But when Howard Dietz was in London, the Prince of Wales asked him for “the blue pajama song.” Dietz had no idea what the Prince was referring to until he recalled the lyric as being from “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan.” The Prince repeatedly requested the song at nightclubs and formal events and the song became a hit in Europe. It then was rediscoverd by American audiences. When Arthur Schwartz heard the song in London being performed by the cabaret act De Lys and Carter, Schwartz asked who wrote the song. “I don’t know," replied De Lys, “someone like Noel Coward.” Schwartz countered, “I think it’s the best song someone like Noel Coward ever wrote.” When Schwartz returned home he said to his music publisher, “Dietz and I wrote it, you published it three years later and I want to congratulate you on the effortless way you go about making a song hit.”

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