Tea for Two
Tea for Two is a song from the 1924 Broadway musical No No Nanette, with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar.
The action in No No Nanette takes places in New York and Atlantic City, as the title character Nanette, a schoolgirl ward of New York Bible publisher James (Jimmy) Smith and his wife Sue, attempts to break free of her protected upbringing while Jimmy attempts to silence three undeserving young women to whom he has been sending money and who are now blackmailing him. Tea for Two is sung in Act II as Nanette and her most ardent suitor, Tom Trainer, imagine their future together. By the end of the musical they have announced their engagement.
The song became a jazz standard and was popularised again in the 1950s when Doris Day recorded a version for a film reworking of the musical entitled Tea for Two.
A 1924 recording of Tea for Two.