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Taking a Chance on Love

For the 2004 album by Jane Monheit, see Taking a Chance on Love (2004 Jane Monheit album)

"Taking a Chance on Love" is a popular song, by Vernon Duke, John Latouche, and Ted Fetter, published in 1940, which has become a standard, recorded by many artists. It was introduced in the 1940 show Cabin in the Sky, a ground-breaking Broadway musical with an all black cast, where it was performed by Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson. The re-released Benny Goodman version featuring Helen Forrest reached #1 in 1943.

The success of the song is largely due to the skillfully subtle lyrics, for example:

Things are mending now
I see a rainbow blending now
We'll have a happy ending now
Taking a chance on love

which is not to overlook the tune with its skipping rhythm and upward motif representing happy optimism.

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