1979 (Veteran Vocal Powerhouse, Shirley Bassey, BELTS out this Classic which was a Hit for her back in 1963. This version is from From her 1979 TV Variety Show)
Shirley first recorded and released the song, I Who Have Nothing' as a Columbia Single in 1963. Of all the singers who have recorded this song over the past 50+ years, Shirley is the only artist who earned a Top 10 hit. When listening to various artists sing this song, please be kind and give this veteran who has been in the business for 60 years her dues...
ABOUT the song: "I (Who Have Nothing)" is based on the Italian song "Uno dei tanti," (English: "One of Many") with music by Carlo Donida and lyrics by Giulio "Mogol" Rapetti. "Uno dei tanti" was released by Joe Sentieri in 1961. The lyrics for "I (Who Have Nothing)" were translated into English by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Shirley Bassey released the song (produced by George Martin) in September 1963, reaching #6 on the UK charts. She performs the song at almost every live concert she gives, and it is on many of her compilation albums, including I Am What I Am with the London Symphony Orchestra, and her 1989 album La Mujer where she sings it in Spanish ("Hoy No Tengo Nada"). She has also been instrumental in making Donida's music known to English speaking audiences through arranging for translations from the Italian, having performed with the composer conducting his own music on Italian television.
LYRICS: I, I who have nothing I, I who have no one Adore you and want you so I'm just a no one, with nothing to give you but oh I love you You, you buy her diamonds Bright, sparkling diamonds But believe me, dear, when I say That she can give you the world (sometimes: That you can give her the world) But she'll never love you the way I love you
You can take her any place she wants To fancy clubs and restaurants But I can only watch you with My nose pressed up against the window paneI,
I who have nothing I, I who have no one Must watch you, go dancing by Wrapped in the arms of somebody else When darling it is I Who love you