1930

Little Things in Life, The

[VERSE:]
Great big houses with great big rooms 
Were not fashioned for brides and grooms
A little place is where we should be
Great big troubles and great big cares
Come from houses with marble stairs
A little place for you and for me

[REFRAIN:]
Just a little room or two can more than do a little man and wife
That's if they're contented with the little things in life

Living on a larger scale would soon entail a lot of care and strife
We could be so happy with the little things in life

A little rain, a little sun, a little work, a little fun
A little time for loving when the day is done

And a little thing that cries for lullabies could make a man and wife
Tell the world how much they love the little things in life


Mammy (1930 film)

Let Me Sing and I'm Happy

[VERSE:]
What care I who makes the laws of a nation
Let those who will take care of its rights and wrongs
What care I who cares for the world's affairs
As long as I can sing its popular songs

[REFRAIN:]
Let me sing a funny song
With crazy words that roll along
And if my song can start you laughing
I'm happy, happy

Let me sing a sad refrain
Of broken hearts who love in vain
And if my song can start you crying
I'm happy

Let me croon a lowdown blues
That lifts you out of your seat
If my blues can reach your shoes 
And start you tapping your feet
I'm happy

Let me sing of Dixie's charms
Of cotton fields and mammy's arms
And if my song can make you homesick
I'm happy


[various alternate lines:]

Of broken hearts that loved in vain

To lift you out of your seat
If my song can reach your shoes 

The Swanee shore and mother's arms


Looking at You (Across the Breakfast Table)

[VERSE:]
Never saw such perfect beauty before
Never saw such charming manners what's more
Never saw such eyes of heavenly blue
Never saw what I see looking at you

[REFRAIN:]
I could never weary
Looking at you, looking at you

All thro' life, my dearie
Looking at you, looking at you

Wish that I was able
To make you say, "I do"

And sit across the breakfast table
Looking at you, looking at you


To My Mammy

[VERSE:]
Mammy mine, there's a light divine
In your eyes that shines for me
And that light tells me I'm all right
Though the world may not agree
Whatever they say or do
I know how I stand with you

[1st REFRAIN:]
Who cares what the world may say?
No matter what comes my way
I'm everything 
To my mammy

And who cares if I lose the race?
No matter who takes my place
I'm still the king 
To my mammy

How much does she love me?  I'll tell you no lie
How deep is the ocean?  How high is the sky?

Who cares if my friends have gone?
You'll find me still holding on
'Cause I can cling 
To my mammy

[2nd REFRAIN:]
Who cares if the people shout
I'm nothing to rave about?
I'm everything 
To my mammy

And who cares if the future shows
I may be in beggar's clothes?
I'm still the king 
To my mammy

The crowd disapproving won't hurt me because
My mammy still loves me and that's my applause

Who cares if they say I'm through?
Someday when my song won't do
I still can sing 
To my mammy



Puttin' on the Ritz (1930 film)

Puttin' on the Ritz

[Original 1930 version:]

[VERSE:]
Have you seen the well-to-do 
Up on Lenox Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare 
With their noses in the air
High hats and colored collars
White spats and fifteen dollars
Spending every dime 
For a wonderful time

[REFRAIN:]
If you're blue and you don't know where to go to
Why don't you go where Harlem sits
Puttin' on the ritz

Spangled gowns upon a bevy of high browns 
From down the levee, all misfits
Puttin' on the ritz

That's where each and ev'ry Lulu Bell goes
Ev'ry Thursday ev'ning with her swell beaus
Rubbing elbows

Come with me and we'll attend their jubilee
And see them spend their last two bits
Puttin' on the ritz


[Revised 1946 version:]

[VERSE:]
Have you seen the well-to-do 
Up and down Park Avenue 
On that famous thoroughfare 
With their noses in the air 
High hats and Arrow collars
White spats and lots of dollars 
Spending every dime 
For a wonderful time

[REFRAIN:]
If you're blue and you don't know where to go to 
Why don't you go where fashion sits
Puttin' on the ritz 

Diff'rent types who wear a day coat, pants with stripes 
And cutaway coat, perfect fits
Puttin' on the ritz 

Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper 
Super duper
 
Come, let's mix where Rockefellers walk with sticks 
Or "um-ber-ellas" in their mitts
Puttin' on the ritz

[alternate lyrics:]
Strolling up the avenue so happy
All dressed up just like an English chappie
Very snappy

You'll declare it's simply topping [top-thing?] to be there 
And hear them swapping smart tidbits
Puttin' on the ritz

[alternate lyrics from Fred Astaire's commercial recording:]
Tips his hat just like an English chappie
To a lady with a wealthy pappy
Very snappy


With You

[VERSE:]
I could find the road to happiness with you close to me, dear
I could turn a failure to success if you always were near
I could make my dreams come true, but it will depend on you

[REFRAIN:]
With you, a sunny day, without you, clouds in the sky
With you, my luck will stay, without you, fortune will fly

With you, I'll never stop until I reach the top
Without you, I will never get by

With you, a happy song, without you, castles that fall
With you, I can't go wrong, without you, chances are small

With you, my banner's unfurled right there on top of the world
Without you, I'm just nothing at all


1931

Me!

[VERSE:]
We took a walk, we had a talk
And let me tell you very confidentially
The little walk, the little talk
Has made me just as glad as glad as I can be
I simply wanted to know 
Who she was loving and so
We took a walk and had a talk
And I discovered pretty soon that it was me

[REFRAIN:]
Me!
She gave her attention
Not to him, not to her, not to them, not to those, but to me

Her family
They held a convention
Not for him, not for her, not for them, not for those, but for me

I'm delighted, yes sir!
And I have to laugh
Standing on my dresser
Is a photograph

Which proves that she
Gives all her attention
Not to him, not to her, not to them, not to those, but to me


Reaching for the Moon (1931 film)

When the Folks High-Up Do That Mean Low Down

[VERSE:]
Lenox Avenue is known 
For doing the low down
But you'll find they're not alone
In doing the low down
Fifth Avenue's learning how
They had to fall
Fifth Avenue does it now
But that's not all

[REFRAIN:]
Whenever the folks high-up do that mean low down
There is no low down lower than that

Whenever the swells slow down and become low down
There is no low down lower than that

You may believe it or not
When they start getting hot
There is no Hottentot 
That's hotter than that

So you can lay your dough down when they go low down
There is no low down lower than that


Reaching for the Moon

[Written for the film, it is not sung but the melody is heard.]

[VERSE:]
A pale new moon, a sky of blue
And here am I but where are you?
A dream of love would soon come true
If I could reach the moon and you

[REFRAIN:]
The moon and you appear to be
So near and yet so far from me

And here am I on a night in June
Reaching for the moon and you

I wonder if we'll ever meet
My song of love is incomplete

I'm just the words looking for the tune
Reaching for the moon and you


Do You Believe Your Eyes, Or, Do You Believe Your Baby?

[Duet, written in 1930, not used in film:]

[VERSE:]
When you accuse me of being untrue, my dear
It hurts me so, you'll never know
There's no one else that I'm loving but you, my dear
That's true and so you ought to know

[1st REFRAIN:]
I don't go out with other guys
-I saw you myself with my own eyes
Do you believe your eyes or do you believe your baby?

Whoever told you, told you lies
-I saw you myself with my own eyes
Do you believe your eyes or do you believe your baby?

You say you saw me dancing around until three
But I was home with Mother, so it wasn't me

It must have been two other guys
-I saw you myself with my own eyes
Do you believe your eyes or do you believe your baby?


[alternate lines in 2nd REFRAIN:]
It isn't quite what you'd surmise
-I saw you myself with my own eyes
Do you believe your eyes, you baby, don't tell lies
-Well, come on, dear, I'm wise
Do you believe your baby?
-I don't believe my baby