Stacey Kent – Comes Love

Grammy-nominated American jazz singer Stacey Kent sings “Comes Love”, a 1939 jazz standard. It was composed by Sam H. Stept (September 18, 1897 – December 1, 1964), the American songwriter who wrote for Broadway, with lyrics by Lew Brown (December 10, 1893 – February 5, 1958), a lyricist for popular songs in the United States and Charles Tobias (August 15, 1898 – July 7, 1970), the American songwriter. It was featured in the 1942 Broadway musical “Yokel Boy”, starring Phil Silvers and Buddy Ebsen.

Paintings in the video: Anna Kincaide, the American artist.

Jazz standards are musical compositions which are an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians, in that they are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by listeners. There is no definitive list of jazz standards, and the list of songs deemed to be standards changes over time. Songs included in major fake book publications (sheet music collections of popular tunes) and jazz reference works offer a rough guide to which songs are considered standards.

And here is a classic version of the song: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, album: Ella and Louis again, year: 1957.


Comes a rain storm put rubbers on your feet
Comes a snow storm you can get a little heat
Comes love nothing can be done
Comes a fire then you know just what to do
Blow a tire you can buy another shoe
Comes love nothing can be done

Don’t try hiding cause there isn’t any use
You’ll start sliding when your heart turns on the juice

Comes a headache you can lose it in a day
Comes a toothache see your dentist right away
Comes love nothing can be done

Comes a heat wave you can hurry to the shore
Comes a summons you can hide behind the door
Comes love nothing can be done
Comes the measles you can quarantine the room
Comes a mouse you can chase him with a broom
Comes love nothing can be done

That’s all brother if you’ve ever been in love
That’s all sister you know what I’m thinking of

Comes a nightmare you can always stay awake
Comes depression you might get another break
Comes love nothing can be done

Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent
Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent (born March 27, 1968) is a Grammy-nominated American jazz singer. She attended Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. Her paternal grandfather was Russian. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and moved to England after her graduation. While studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she met the tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married on August 9, 1991.

In the early 1990s, Kent began her professional career singing regularly at Café Boheme in London’s Soho. After two or three years, Kent began opening for established jazz acts across the road at the Ronnie Scott’s nightclub in London.

Her first album, Close Your Eyes, was released in 1997. She has released nine further albums, and has featured on three of Tomlinson’s albums, most recently The Lyric (2006), which won “Album of the Year” at the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards and was re-released on Blue Note in 2011.

Kent’s music was championed by critic and jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, and she won the 2001 British Jazz Award and the 2002 BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist. She has also presented jazz programmes on BBC Radio 2 and 3.

At the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards, Tomlinson, upon receiving the award for “Album of the Year” for The Lyric, announced that Kent had signed with Blue Note.

Kent’s album, The Boy Next Door achieved Gold album status in France in September, 2006. Breakfast On The Morning Tram (2007) achieved Platinum album status in France in November, 2007 and Gold album status in Germany in February, 2008 and was nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Kent appeared in Ian McKellen’s 1995 film version of Richard III, singing a jazz version of Christopher Marlowe’s poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.

Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the liner notes to Kent’s 2003 album, In Love Again. Ishiguro has co-written four of the songs on the fall 2007 Blue Note album Breakfast on the Morning Tram. One of the songs written by Ishiguro, “The Ice Hotel”, with music composed by Tomlinson, won first prize in the International Songwriting Competition in April 2008.

On March 31, 2009 Kent received the National Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) – a government decoration – in recognition of her contribution to the arts, from French Culture Minister Christine Albanel.

Kent’s 2010 album, Raconte-moi… was recorded entirely in the French language, and was a commercial success in France and Germany, gaining Gold album status.

Kent’s first live album, Dreamer In Concert, was released in 2011. It was recorded on May 30–31, 2011, at La Cigale, in Paris. The album includes three songs previously unrecorded by Kent, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Waters of March”, and two new compositions by Jim Tomlinson; “Postcard Lovers”, with lyrics by novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, and “O Comboio”, written by the Portuguese poet António Ladeira, which Kent sings in Portuguese.