1927

Blue Skies

[1st VERSE:]
I was blue, just as blue as I could be
Ev'ry day was a cloudy day for me
Then good luck came a-knocking at my door
Skies were gray but they're not gray anymore

[REFRAIN:]
Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies do I see

Bluebirds singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds all day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly

Blue days, all of them gone
Nothing but blue skies from now on

[2nd VERSE:]
I should care if the wind blows east or west
I should fret if the worst looks like the best
I should mind if they say it can't be true
I should smile, that's exactly what I do


Russian Lullaby

[VERSE:]
Where the dreamy Volga flows
There's a lonely Russian Rose
Gazing tenderly
Down upon her knee
Where a baby's brown eyes glisten
Listen

[REFRAIN:]
Ev'ry night you'll hear her croon 
A Russian lullaby

Just a little plaintive tune
When baby starts to cry

Rock-a-bye my baby
Somewhere there may be

A land that's free for you and me
And a Russian lullaby



Song is Ended, The

[VERSE:]
My thoughts go back to a heavenly dance
A moment of bliss we spent
Our hearts were filled with a song of romance
As into the night we went
And sang to our hearts' content

[REFRAIN:]
The song is ended
But the melody lingers on
You and the song are gone
But the melody lingers on

The night was splendid
And the melody seemed to say
"Summer will pass away
Take your happiness while you may"

There 'neath the light of the moon
We sang a love song that ended too soon

The moon descended
And I found with the break of dawn
You and the song had gone
But the melody lingers on


What Does It Matter?

[1st VERSE:]
Troubles and worries may darken the day
Shadows may frighten the sunshine away
Winds may blow over the land and sea
But as long as there's you and there's me

[REFRAIN:]
What does it matter if the sun won't shine
'Long as you are mine
What does it matter?

What does it matter if the clouds appear
'Long as you are near
What does it matter?

Life is never one sweet song
Things are liable to go wrong

What does it matter 'long as I love you
And you love me too
What does it matter?

[2nd VERSE:]
Morning may wake us with unpleasant news
Things may go wrong, just as wrong as they choose
Skies may  be cloudy or skies may be blue
But as long as there's me and there's you


Ziegfeld Follies of 1927

It All Belongs To Me

[VERSE:]
Take a look at the flower in my buttonhole
Take a look say and ask me why it's there
Can't you see that I'm all dressed up to take a stroll?
Can't you tell that there's something in the air?
I've got a date, can hardly wait
I'd like to bet she won't be late

[1st REFRAIN:]
Here she comes, come on and meet
A hundred pounds of what is mighty sweet
And it all belongs to me

Flashing eyes and how they roll
A disposition like a sugar bowl
And it all belongs to me

That pretty baby face, that bunch of style and grace
Should be in Tiff'ny's window in a platinum jewel case

Hey there, you, you'll get in dutch
I'll let you look but then you mustn't touch
For it all belongs to me

[2nd REFRAIN:]
Here she comes, come on and meet
A hundred pounds of what is mighty sweet
And it all belongs to me

Rosy cheeks, red hot lips
And polished nails upon her fingertips
And it all belongs to me

Those lips that I desire are like electric wire
She kissed a tree last summer and she started a forest fire

I'm in love with what she's got
And what she's got, she's got an awful lot
And it all belongs to me

[alternate line:]
A million dollars worth of flying hips


It's Up to the Band

[VERSE:]
I can feel my spirits change
In a manner very strange
It happens so unexpected
My temperature is affected
By the music of a band
I could never understand
Why each melody
Makes a change in me 
So when I hear you asking

[REFRAIN:]
How do I feel?  I'll answer you by saying
It depends a good deal on what the band is playing
As to whether I'm blue or I'm happy 
It's up to the band

Why am I glad?  I heard a jazzy melody
And why am I sad?  It's 'cause they played the "Rosary"
So whether I'm laughing or crying
It's up to the band

I want those sad musicians to play
But after they start
I feel like shouting "Take 'em away
They're breaking my heart"
And then a

Rhythm that's new will give the gloomy tune a kick
And what do I do?  I act just like a lunatic
And I'm not to blame for what happens
It's up to the band


Jimmy

[VERSE:]
There's a man who's full of personality and charm
And he's heading for the hall of fame
Father Knickerbocker came and took 'im by the arm
Now we feel the magic of his name

[REFRAIN:]
Jimmy
We simply had to fall for one and all for Jimmy

And now we're singing of him 'cause we love him
Who told Broadway not to be gay?
Who gets his picture taken three times a day?

Jimmy
We're very glad to show that we all know that Jimmy
Is doing fine

Can't you hear those old New Yorkers hollering
"Gimme, gimme, gimme Jimmy for mine"


Learn to Sing a Love Song

[VERSE:]
The world goes 'round to the sound of a love song
A melody for you and me
In ev'ry heart there's a part of a love song
'Twas ever so, 'twill ever be

[REFRAIN:]
Learn to sing a love song
And you'll remain forever young

Learn it in the springtime 
When ev'ry song of love is sung

Time will fly
And bye and bye
When dreary winter comes along

You can sit by your fireside
Humming an old love song


My New York

[VERSE:]
Let me place a crown
On my favorite town
Let me sing its praises to the sky
Not because I'm there
As it's humble Mayor
But because you feel the same as I

[REFRAIN:]
There's a spot in my heart
That's becoming a part of my New York

There's a warm little beat 
For each corner and street in my New York

I gaze at Father Knickerbocker resting on the map
With seven million children sitting pretty in his lap

And there's something inside 
That is bursting with pride for my New York


Ooh! Maybe It's You

[VERSE:]
I wonder what's the matter with me
Losing my appetite
Lying awake at night
I wonder what the trouble can be
Watching the days go by
Caring not whether I
Live or die

[REFRAIN:]
Ooh! Maybe it's you
Making me blue
Maybe it's you

Ooh! what I would do
If it were you
Making me blue

I went and had my fortune read
Someone's to blame the gypsy said
But she wouldn't say who

Maybe it's you
Making me blue
Maybe it's you


Shaking the Blues Away

[VERSE:]
There's an old superstition 'way down south
Ev'ry darkie believes that trouble won't stay
If you shake it away
When they hold a revival way down south
Ev'ry darkie with care and trouble that day
Tries to shake it away

[REFRAIN:]
Shaking the blues away, unhappy news away
If you are blue, it's easy to
Shake off your cares and troubles

Telling the blues to go, they may refuse to go
But as a rule, they'll go if you'll
Shake them away

Do like the darkies do, list'ning to a preacher way down south
They shake their bodies so, to and fro
With every shake, a lucky break

Proving that there's a way to chase your cares away
If you would lose your weary blues
Shake them away

[PATTER:]
I gotta blues, you gotta blues 
All God's chillun gotta blues
Come and join a rebel and we'll shake off the devil
And we'll shake all over God's Heaven, Heaven, Heaven
Anyone objectin' to shakin' ain't going there, Heaven, Heaven
Gonna shake all over God's Heaven
I gotta shake, you gotta shake 
All God's chillun gotta shake, shake, shake
Nothing could be sweeter than to shake with Saint Peter
When we shake all over God's Heaven, Heaven, Heaven
Anyone objectin' to shakin' ain't going there, Heaven, Heaven
Gonna shake all over God's Heaven


[Revised version:]
[VERSE:]
There's an old superstition 'way down south
Ev'rybody believes that trouble won't stay
If you shake it away
When they hold a revival way down south
Ev'rybody with care and trouble that day
Tries to shake it away

[REFRAIN:]
Shaking the blues away, unhappy news away
If you are blue, it's easy to
Shake off your cares and troubles

Telling the blues to go, they may refuse to go
But as a rule, they'll go if you'll
Shake them away

Do like the voodoos do, list'ning to a voodoo melody
They shake their bodies so, to and fro
With every shake, a lucky break

Proving that there's a way to chase your cares away
If you would lose your weary blues
Shake 'em away


1928

Coquette

[1st VERSE:]
Just a sweet coquette, so they say and yet 
I know how true you can be
Just a butterfly, so they say but I 
Know just how much you love me

[REFRAIN:]
The others you've met may call you Coquette
But I'll always call you "sweetheart"

They think of Coquette as something to pet
But I think of you as "sweetheart"

They say you're a devil with wonderful charms
But I held an angel that night in my arms

So try and forget the name of Coquette
And only remember "sweetheart"

[2nd VERSE:]
Now that I love you, and you love me too 
I'll keep you close to my heart
Now that I can see you belong to me
Nothing can keep us apart


Good Times with Hoover, Better Times with Al

[VERSE:]
Whether we elect a G.O.P.
Or the man who comes from Albany
We'll remain O.K.
In a business way
Looking at the future we can see

[REFRAIN:]
Good times with Hoover
Better times with Al

Blue skies with Hoover
Bluer skies with Al

Prosperity does not depend on who's in the chair
We're bound to have prosperity no matter who's there
So we'll have

Good times with Hoover
Better times with Al

[2nd REFRAIN:]
Good times with Hoover
Better times with Al

Blue skies with Hoover
Bluer skies with Al

They tell us that the future will be rosy and bright
But they don't have to tell us, we admit that they're right
That we'll have

Good times with Hoover
Better times with Al


How About Me?

[1st VERSE:]
Too long I held you close to my heart
Too much I loved you right from the start
Too soon you vanished out of my dreams
Too late to start all over it seems

[REFRAIN:]
It's over, all over
And soon somebody else 
Will make a fuss about you
But how about me?

It's over, all over
And soon somebody else 
Will tell his friends about you
But how about me?

You'll find somebody new
But what am I to do?
I'll still remember you
When you have forgotten

And maybe a baby
Will climb upon your knee 
And put its arms about you
But how about me?

[2nd VERSE:]
Moonlight was beaming down from the skies
Lovelight was gleaming deep in your eyes
Sunlight for just a moment and then
Twilight and I was lonely again

[Alternate line:] 
Will tell the world about you


I Can't Do Without You

[1st VERSE:]
There was I satisfied to live and die
In a little world where life was all arranged
There were you in a world I never knew
Suddenly we met and ev'rything was changed

[REFRAIN:]
All my life, I did without you
But now I can't do without you

All my life I never missed you
Until I kissed you
I never missed you

All through life I went
And thought that I was meant
To live and be content
Without you

Then I put my arms about you
And now I can't do without you

[2nd VERSE:]
There was I gazing at a cloudy sky
Thinking that the clouds were all there was to see
There were you pointing to a sky of blue
Showing me how bright a day could really be


Marie

[VERSE:]
There's a gleam in your eyes, Marie
And the meaning is plain to see
But you'll find romance is a game of chance
That is not all it seems to be

[REFRAIN:]
Marie, the dawn is breaking
Marie, you'll soon be waking

To find your heart is aching
And tears will fall as you recall

The moon in all its splendor
The kiss so very tender

The words, "Will you surrender 
To me, Marie?"


Roses of Yesterday

Roses of yesterday 
Faded and thrown away
Love is a pale bouquet
Of yesterday's roses

Roses were once in bloom
Here in my lonely room
Now there's a faint perfume
Of yesterday's roses


Roses of crimson red
Faded when love was dead
Quickly the summer fled
And winter discloses

That it was not to be
And all that's left for me
Is a sweet memory
Of yesterday's roses


Where is the Song of Songs For Me?

[VERSE:]
Most of the world seems to be
Listening to love's melody
Each has a love song divine
When will I listen to mine

[REFRAIN:]
Where is the song of songs for me
Beautiful song of ecstasy
When will I hear love's melody
When will I hear the words "I love you"

Where is the one I long to see
Close to my heart in days to be
Singing the song of songs to me
Saying the words, the words "I love you"?


Hallelujah (1929 film)

Waiting at the End of the Road

[VERSE:]
Weary of roaming on, yearning to see the dawn
Counting the hours till I can lay down my load
Weary but I don't mind, knowing that soon I'll find
Peace and contentment at the end of the road

[1st REFRAIN:]
The way is long, the night is dark
But I don't mind 'cause a happy lark 
Will be singing at the end of the road

I can't go wrong, I must go right
I'll find my way 'cause a guiding light 
Will be shining at the end of the road

There may be thorns in my path 
But I'll wear a smile
'Cause in a little while
My path will be roses

The rain may fall from up above
But I won't stop 'cause the ones I love 
Will be waiting at the end of the road


[Additional lyrics as sung in film (more or less):]

[2]
I seem to roam through a field 
That is snowy white
And through the silent night
A banjo is strumming

[???] come back, I roam no more
A mammy's heart and a cabin door 
Will be open at the end of the road

[3]
You'll hear that old Devil say 
"Come on down below"
But you just let him know
You're heading for Heaven

Come on and climb the Golden Stairs
And all your troubles and all your cares 
Will be over at the end of the road


Swanee Shuffle

[VERSE:]
The Benevolent Orders of the Flat-Footed Waiters
Gave their annual ball
With the price of admission only one half a dollar
They just crowded the hall
Flat-footing around
They suddenly found
An original movement that they call the Swanee Shuffle
It's for you and for all

[REFRAIN:]
Learn to do the Swanee Shuffle
Nothing to the Swanee Shuffle
Against the beat, you make your feet
Swanee Shuffle along

If they're flat just make them flatter
Like a pancake on a platter
I'm telling you, it's easy to
Swanee Shuffle along

Just imitate the way a waiter
Walks with a plate of chow
You needn't wait to do it later
Why not now?  I'll show you how

Come with me where Dixie marches
Marches on its fallen arches
And see them Swanee Shuffle along


1929

In the Morning

I may not sleep all night
But I'll be all right in the morning
I'll get right up and shout
When the sun comes out in the morning

It won't be long till the clock strikes eight
But just the same I can hardly wait

Those wedding bells will chime 
Around breakfast time in the morning
A happy "ding dong ding"
Will begin to sing as a warning

I've got the ring and she'll have a bouquet
And ev'rything is bound to be okay
With Malinda early in the morning


When My Dreams Come True

[VERSE:]
Ever since I met you all that I seem to do is dream 
Wonderful dreams
Heaven's before my eyes, when will I realize my dreams
Wonderful dreams?

[REFRAIN:]
The skies will all be blue
When my dreams come true

And I'll be smiling through
When my dreams come true

That Spanish castle I build in my mind
Will be your love nest, the practical kind

And I'll be there with you
When my dreams come true