1947

Freedom Train, The

[VERSE:]
This song is a train song, it's a song about a train
Not the Atchison, Topeka, not the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Nor the one that leaves at midnight for the state of Alabam'
This song is a train song where the engineer is Uncle Sam

[REFRAIN:]
Here comes the Freedom Train
You better hurry down
Just like a Paul Revere
It's comin' into your home town

Inside the freedom train
You'll find a precious freight
Those words of liberty
The documents that made us great

You can shout your anger from a steeple
You can shoot the system full of holes
You can always question "We the People"
You can get your answer at the polls

That's how it's always been
And how it will remain
So long as all of us
Keep riding on the Freedom Train

[2nd bridge:]
You can write the President a letter
You can even tell him to his face
If you think that you can do it better
Get the votes and you can take his place

[3rd bridge:]
You can hate the laws that you're obeying
You can shout your anger to the crowd
We may disagree with what you're saying
But we'll fight to let you say it loud


Kate (Have I Come Too Early, Too Late)

[VERSE:]
Here's that man again waiting at your garden gate
With a bouquet, don't you send me away, have a little pity, Kate
Poor me, can't you see 
I'm in an awful state?

[REFRAIN:]
How much longer must I wait, Kate
Till you let me know my fate, Kate?

The sun's down, the moon's out, there's no one in sight
My questions need answers, tonight is the night

Nine o'clock we had a date, Kate
I've been here since half-past eight, Kate

I came a little bit early, I couldn't wait
Have I come too early, too late?


Love and the Weather

[VERSE:]
Unpredictable, irresponsible
Unbelievable, unreliable
Ever since the world began 
Are Cupid and the weather man

[REFRAIN:]
Love and the weather, birds of a feather
Can't be depended upon
One day it's sunny, next day the sunshine has gone

Love and the weather, always together
Planning another surprise
Bringing the raindrops just like the tears to your eyes

There was I with love close by
So cozy and warm
Love walked out and so did I 
Right out of the warm
Into a storm

Moonlight romances have to take chances
That's what I learned with the dawn
Love and the weather can't be depended upon

[alternate final strain:]
Moonlight advances, love's golden chances
Rain comes along and they're gone
Love and the weather can't be depended upon


1948

Beautiful Day in Brooklyn, A

[VERSE:]
Poets love to sing of Paris in the Spring
They say it's something that you can't conceive
I don't know a thing of Paris in the Spring
I've never been abroad but I believe

[REFRAIN:]
A beautiful day in Brooklyn is more beautiful
Than a beautiful day in any other place

When the sun comes shining through 
Over Flatbush Avenue
You wake with a smile on your face

The weather man doesn't have to say it's beautiful
When you open your window ev'rything's okay

If a tree that grows in Brooklyn could speak, it would say
"A beautiful day in Brooklyn is a most beautiful day"


Nothing More to Say

Funny when you're left with nothing more to say
Suddenly you find you should be on your way

Funny how you long for some excuse 
To remain awhile but it's no use
The conversation ends and you've nothing more to say

Funny when you're left without a thought on your mind
Funny when you search for words you never can find

Gone are the pretty speeches that you planned for your lucky day
Funny when you're left with nothing more to say


Easter Parade (1948 film)

Happy Easter

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

[ASTAIRE:]
Happy Easter

[PASSERBY:]
Happy Easter

[ASTAIRE:]
Happy Easter

[PASSERBY:]
Happy Easter

[ASTAIRE:]
Me oh my, there's a lot to buy
There is shopping I must do
Happy Easter to you

[SALESGIRL:]
Here's a hat that you must take home 
Happy Easter

[ASTAIRE:]
Happy Easter

[SALESGIRL:]
Here's a lid for milady's dome 
Happy Easter

[ASTAIRE:]
Happy Easter

[SALESGIRL:]
This one's made for the hat parade on the well-known avenue
This one's nice and it's worth the price
Happy Easter to you

[SALESGIRL:]
Here's a hat for a pretty face
Happy Easter

[ASTAIRE:]
Happy Easter

[SALESGIRL:]
Here is one that is trimmed with lace
Happy Easter

[ASTAIRE:]
Happy Easter

[SALESGIRL:]
Here's a touch of the quaint old Dutch
It's so old it's always new

[SALESGIRL:]
This in white is exactly right
Happy Easter to you


[SALESGIRL:]
I think that is a lovely hat
Maybe you think so too?

[ASTAIRE:]
I do

[SALESGIRLS:]
Wrap it up for the chap with a very happy Easter to you

[CHORUS:]
Never saw such a lovely day
Happy Easter

Everything seems to come your way
Happy Easter

My oh me, what a kick to be
On the well-known avenue

Me oh my, you're a lucky guy
Happy Easter to you
Happy Easter
Happy Easter
Happy Easter to you


[unused REFRAIN:]
Never saw such a lovely gal
Happy Easter, Happy Easter

Where oh where did you get her, pal?
Happy Easter, Happy Easter

My oh me, what a hit she'll be
On the well-known avenue

Me oh my, you're a lucky guy
Happy Easter to you
Happy Easter
Happy Easter
Happy Easter to you


Drum Crazy

[VERSE:]
A bunny for my honey
A dolly with a curl
An aeroplane
An electric train
And a teddy bear for my girl
A kitty for my pretty
A castle for my love
Gee!
What do I see?
Brother, if that's a drum
That's for me

[REFRAIN:]
I'm drum crazy, yes 
I'm drum crazy, yes
I'm plumb crazy for drums

I've got drumsticks full of hot licks and a roll
Loaded with soul, under control

First, soft violins
Then, sweet saxophones
Then, blue clarinets croon

When it's my turn I turn into a loon
When the drum takes the melody
When the drum carries the tune


It Only Happens When I Dance With You

It only happens when I dance with you
That trip to Heaven till the dance is through

With no one else do the Heavens seem quite so near
Why does it happen, dear, only with you?

Two cheeks together can be so divine
But only when those cheeks are yours and mine

I've danced with dozens of others the whole night through
But the thrill that comes with Spring
When anything could happen
That only happens with you


Fella With an Umbrella, A

[VERSE:]
Who am I
What's my name
Where I'm from
How I came
Doesn't matter, dear
'Long as I am here

[REFRAIN:]
I'm just a fella, a fella with an umbrella
Looking for a girl who saved her love for a rainy day

I'm just a fella, a fella with an umbrella
Glad to see the skies of blue have turned into skies of gray

Raindrops have brought us together
And that's what I long to see
Maybe the break in the weather
Will prove to be
A break for me
So 

I'll be the fella, the fella with an umbrella
If you'll be the girl who saved her love for a rainy day

[2nd REFRAIN for female, from the soundtrack:]
For every fella, each fella with an umbrella
There's a girl, a girl who saved her love for a rainy day

For every fella, each fella with an umbrella
There's a time when skies of blue must turn into skies of gray

Raindrops have brought us together
That's what they were meant to do
Maybe the break in the weather
Will turn into
A break for you

For every fella, each fella with an umbrella
There's a time when skies of blue must turn into skies of gray


[another female REFRAIN, from sheet music:]
I met a fella, a fella with an umbrella
Looking for a girl who saved her love for a rainy day

I met a fella, a fella with an umbrella
Waiting for the skies of blue to turn into skies of gray

Raindrops have brought us together
And that's what I long to see
Maybe the break in the weather
Will prove to be
A break for me
For

I told the fella, the fella with an umbrella
I could be the girl who saved her love for a rainy day


Steppin' Out With My Baby

[PRELUDE:]
Here he comes lookin' for his baby
It's for sure, sure and not for maybe
Don't ask when will the lucky day be
Here he comes and let him tell you himself:

[VERSE:]
If I seem to scintillate
It's because I've got a date
A date with a package of
The good things that come with love
You don't have to ask me
I won't waste your time
But if you should ask me
Why I feel sublime
I'm

[REFRAIN:]
Steppin' out with my baby
Can't go wrong 'cause I'm in right
It's for sure, not for maybe
That I'm all dressed up tonight

Steppin' out with my honey
Can't be bad to feel so good
Never felt quite so sunny
And I keep on knockin' wood

There'll be smooth sailin' 'cause I'm trimmin' my sails
With a bright shine on my shoes and on my nails
[alternate line:  In my top hat and my white tie and my tails]

Steppin' out with my baby
Can't go wrong 'cause I'm in right
Ask me when will the day be
The big day may be tonight


Couple of Swells, A

We're a couple of swells
We stop at the best hotels
But we prefer the country far away from the city smells
We're a couple of sports
The pride of the tennis courts
In June, July and August we look cute when we're dressed in shorts
The Vanderbilts have asked us up for tea
We don't know how to get there, no siree
No, siree

We would drive up the Avenue, but we haven't got the price
We would skate up the Avenue, but there isn't any ice
We would ride on a bicycle, but we haven't got a bike
So we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue
And to walk up the Avenue's what we like

Wall Street bankers are we
With plenty of currency
We'd open up the safe but we forgot where we put the key
We're the favorite lads
Of girls in the picture ads
We'd like to tell you who we kissed last night but we can't be cads
The Vanderbilts are waiting at the club
But how are we to get there, that's the rub
That's the rub

We would sail up the Avenue, but we haven't got a yacht
We would drive up the Avenue, but the horse we had was shot
We would ride on a trolley car but we haven't got the fare
So we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue till we're there

We would swim up the Avenue but we haven't any lake
So we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, a walk up the Avenue's what we'll take


Better Luck Next Time

[VERSE:]
"For ev'ry rose that withers and dies
Another blooms in its stead
A new love waits to open its eyes
After the old love is dead"
That sounds all right in a careless rhyme
But there's seldom a second time

[REFRAIN:]
Better luck next time
That could never be
Because there ain't gonna be no next time for me
No, siree

Made up my mind to make another start
I've made my mind up but I can't make up my heart

I'd like a new lucky day
That would be nice
But this comes just once in a lifetime
Not twice

So don't say
Better luck next time
That can never be
Because there ain't gonna be no next time for me


Mr. Monotony

[Written for the film, not used.]

Playing on his slide trombone in a certain monotone
He was known as Mister Monotony
Any pleasant interlude that would mean a change of mood
Didn't go with Mister Monotony

Sometimes he would change the key
But the same dull melody
Would emerge from Mister Monotony
Folks for miles would run away
Only one prefer'd to stay
She would come around and say
"Have you got any monotony today?"

They got married as they should and around the neighborhood
She was known as Missus Monotony
They were happy as can be and they raised a family
Six or seven little monotonies

From another village came a snappy clarineter
She heard him play and strange to say she liked him better
'Twas the end of Mister Monotony

She refused him when he tried
Bringing her back to his side
She just answered when he cried:
"Have you got any monotony today?"
"Haven't got any monotony today
Can't play
Today
Haven't got any monotony today"


[alternate lines from the soundtrack:]
Soon there came another bride
And she snuggled to his side
But he answered when she cried: