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It Happened in Monterey
Composer
Mabel Wayne
Lyricist
Billy Rose
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1956
Recording
January, 1955
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"It Happened in Monterey" is a song featured in Frank Sinatra's 1956 Capitol album Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. Arranged by Nelson Riddle in the style of Billy May.

While not the most reused song from the album, "It Happened in Monterey" is still used in several of Sinatra's compilation albums. Also, Sinatra did perform this song in a live concert for his album, Sinatra ’57.

History[]

"It Happened in Monterey" was written in 1930 by composer Mabel Wayne. Billy Rose was the lyricist behind the composition.

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Lyrics[]

It happened in Monterey, a long time ago
I met her in Monterey, in old Mexico
Stars and steel guitars and luscious lips, as red as wine
Broke somebody's heart and I'm afraid that it was mine

It happened in Monterey without thinking twice
I left her and threw away the key to paradise
My indiscreet heart longs for the sweetheart
That I left in old Monterey

Ah, it happened in Monterey, a long time ago
I met her in Monterey, in old Mexico
Stars, guitars, lips red as wine
Broke somebody's heart and I fear that it was mine

It happened in Monterey and without thinking twice
I left her and I threw away the key to paradise
My indiscreet heart, how it longs for that sweetheart
That I left in old Monterey