Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga embody the tenderness and love expressed in the song “Nature Boy” in this excerpt from Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! An encore of Great Performances – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! will air on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9PM EST on PBS (check local listings).
“And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return.”
Written by Eden Ahbez and first released by Nat King Cole in 1948, the song “Nature Boy” is like a fable and lacks the witticisms typical of other works in the Great American Songbook. The lyrics advise, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”