Prisoner of LoveWords & Music by Leo Robin, Glarence Gaskill & Russ Columbo, 1931
Recorded by Perry Como, 1946 (#1)
E7/9 Bm7-5 A7/6 A7 Alone from night to night you'll find me, Dalt D D6 F#m Bb9 Too weak to break the chains that bind me; Em G/B A7/6 Edim I need no shackles to remind me Bm Bm7-5 Em7 G/B A7 I'm just a prisoner of love. E7/9 Bm7-6 A7/6 A7 For one command I stand and wait now, Dalt D D6 F#m Bb9 From one who's master of my fate now; Em G/B A7/6 Edim I can't escape, for it's too late now -- D Gm D I'm just a prisoner of love. Bridge: F#m C#m7-5 What's the good of my caring F#m C#7 F#m B9 F#m C#7 If someone is sharing those arms with me? F#m C#m7-5 Although she has another, F#m C#7 F# C#7 A7 I can't have another, for I'm not free. E7/9 Bm7-5 A7/6 A7 She's in my dreams, awake or sleeping, Dalt D D6 F#m Bb9 Upon my knees to her I'm creeping; Em G/B A7/6 Edim My very life is in her keeping -- D Gm D I'm just a prisoner of love.
Though co-writer Russ Columbo had previously recorded the song in 1932, it is Como's rendition that comes most immediately to mind when I hear this melody. Versions by The Ink Spots and by Billy Eckstine charted the year before Como recorded his.