Top Hat (1935 film)

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)

[VERSE:]
I wake up every morning with a smile on my face
Everything in its place as it should be
I start out every morning just as free as the breeze
My cares upon the shelf
Because I find myself with

[REFRAIN:]
No strings and no connections
No ties to my affections
I'm fancy free and free for anything fancy

No dates that can't be broken
No words that can't be spoken
Especially when I am feeling romance-y

Like a robin upon a tree
Like a sailor that goes to sea
Like an unwritten melody
I'm free, that's me
So

Bring on the big attraction
My decks are cleared for action
I'm fancy free and free for anything fancy


Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?

[VERSE:]
The weather is fright'ning
The thunder and lightning
Seem to be having their way
But as far as I'm concerned, it's a lovely day
The turn in the weather
Will keep us together
So I can honestly say
That as far as I'm concerned, it's a lovely day
And everything's O.K.

[REFRAIN:]
Isn't this a lovely day 
To be caught in the rain?
You were going on your way 
Now you've got to remain

Just as you were going, leaving me all at sea
The clouds broke, they broke and oh! what a break for me

I can see the sun up high
Tho' we're caught in the storm
I can see where you and I
Could be cozy and warm

Let the rain pitter patter 
But it really doesn't matter 
If the skies are gray
Long as I can be with you it's a lovely day


Top Hat, White Tie and Tails

[VERSE:]
I just got an invitation through the mails:
"Your presence requested this evening, it's formal
A top hat, a white tie and tails"
Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails
Because I'm invited to step out this evening
With top hat, white tie and tails

[REFRAIN:]
I'm puttin' on my top hat
Tyin' up my white tie
Brushin' off my tails

I'm dudein' up my shirt front
Puttin' in the shirt studs
Polishin' my nails

I'm steppin' out, my dear 
To breathe an atmosphere 
That simply reeks with class
And I trust that you'll excuse my dust 
When I step on the gas

For I'll be there
Puttin' down my top hat
Mussin' up my white tie
Dancin' in my tails


Cheek to Cheek

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And the cares that hang around me through the week 
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

Oh!  I love to climb a mountain and to reach the highest peak
But it doesn't thrill me half as much as dancing cheek to cheek
Oh!  I love to go out fishing in a river or a creek
But I don't enjoy it half as much as dancing cheek to cheek

Dance with me
I want my arm about you
The charm about you
Will carry me through to

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek


Piccolino, The

By the Adriatic waters
Venetian sons and daughters
Are strumming a new tune upon their guitars

It was written by a Latin
A gondolier who sat in
His home out in Brooklyn and gazed at the stars

He sent his melody
Across the sea
To Italy
And we know
They wrote some words to fit
That catchy bit
And christened it
The Piccolino

And we know that it's the reason
Why everyone this season
Is strumming and humming a new melody

Come to the casino
And hear them play the Piccolino
Dance with your bambino
To the strains of the catchy Piccolino
Drink your glass of vino
And when you've had your plate of scalopino
Make them play the Piccolino
The catchy Piccolino
And dance to the strains of that new melody
The Piccolino



Follow the Fleet (1936 film)

We Saw the Sea

We joined the Navy to see the world
And what did we see?  We saw the sea
We saw the Pacific and the Atlantic
But the Atlantic isn't romantic
And the Pacific isn't what it's cracked up to be

We joined the Navy to do or die
But we didn't do and we didn't die
We were much too busy looking at the ocean and the sky
And what did we see?  We saw the sea
We saw the Atlantic and the Pacific
But the Pacific isn't terrific
And the Atlantic isn't what it's cracked up to be

They tell us that the Admiral 
Is as nice as he can be
But we never see the Admiral
Because the Admiral has never been to sea

We joined the Navy to see the girls
And what did we see?  We saw the sea
Instead of a girl or two in a taxi
We were compelled to look at the Black Sea
Seeing the Black Sea isn't what it's cracked up to be

Sailing, sailing home again
To see the girls upon the village green
Then across the foam again
To see the other seas we haven't seen

We owe the Navy an awful lot
For they taught us how to do the Sailor's Hornpipe
And they showed us how to tie a sailor's knot
But more than that, they showed us the sea
We never get seasick sailing the ocean
We don't object to feeling the motion
We're never seasick but we are awful sick of sea


Let Yourself Go

[VERSE:]
As you listen to the band don't you get a bubble?
As you listen to them play don't you get a glow?
If you step out on the floor
You'll forget your trouble
If you go into your dance
You'll forget your woe
So:

[REFRAIN:]
Come, get together
Let the dance floor feel your leather
Step as lightly as a feather
Let yourself go

Come, hit the timber
Loosen up and start to limber
Can't you hear that hot marimba?
Let yourself go

Let yourself go, relax 
And let yourself go, relax
You've got yourself tied up in a knot
The night is cold but the music's hot
So

Come, cuddle closer
Don't you dare to answer "No, sir"
Butcher, banker, clerk and grocer
Let yourself go


Get Thee Behind Me, Satan

Get thee behind me, Satan
I want to resist
But the moon is low and I can't say "No"
Get thee behind me

Get thee behind me, Satan
I mustn't be kissed
But the moon is low and I may let go
Get thee behind me

Someone I'm mad about
Is waiting in the night for me
Someone that I mustn't see
Satan, get thee behind me

He promised to wait
But I won't appear and he may come here
Satan, he's at my gate
Get thee behind me
Stay where you are
It's too late


I'd Rather Lead a Band

[VERSE:]
I haven't ambitions for lofty positions
That wind up with the wealth of the land
I'll give you the throne that a king sat on 
For just a small baton
Providing you included a band

[REFRAIN:]
If I could be the wealthy owner of a large industry
I would say, "Not for me"
I'd rather lead a band

If I could be a politician with a chance to dictate
I would say, "Let it wait"
I'd rather lead a band

My ev'ry care ceases
I'm rich as old Croesus
When I've got ten pieces
In hand

If I could have a millionairess with a whole flock of banks
I would just whisper "Thanks
I'd rather lead a band"

[2nd REFRAIN:]
Give me a band, yes sir
And not a thing lesser
To be that professor 
Is grand

If Josephine had left Napoleon and climbed in my lap
I'd say, "Go back to Nap"
I'd rather lead a band

[PATTER:]
A saxophone, a slide trombone
A bass fiddle and a drum
A guy at the piano who makes it hum
A violin, a clarinet
A hot trumpet and guitar
And me with the baton and there you are


But Where Are You?

[VERSE:]
All alone I am yearning to be with you again
For a spark is still burning, it will ever remain
But I'm yearning in vain

[REFRAIN:]
The moon is high, the sky is blue
And here am I, but where are you?

A night like this was meant for two
And I am here, but where are you?

Have you forgotten 
The night that we met?
With so much to remember
How could you forget?

The dreams I dream have yet to come true
My dreams and I are here, but where are you?


I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket

[1st VERSE:]
I've been a roaming Romeo
My Juliets have been many
But now my roaming days have gone
Too many irons in the fire
Is worse than not having any
I've had my share and from now on:

[REFRAIN:]
I'm putting all my eggs in one basket
I'm betting ev'rything I've got on you

I'm giving all my love to one baby
Heaven help me if my baby don't come through

I've got a great big amount 
Saved up in my love account
Honey
And I've decided
Love divided
In two
Won't do
So

I'm putting all my eggs in one basket
I'm betting everything I've got on you

[2nd VERSE:]
I've been a roaming Juliet
My Romeos have been many
But now my roaming days have gone
Too many irons in the fire
Is worse than not having any
I've had my share and from now on:

[2nd REFRAIN:]
I'm putting all my eggs in one basket
I'm betting ev'rything I've got on you

I'm giving all my love to one baby
Heaven help me if my baby don't come through

I've tried to love more than one
Finding it just can't be done
Honey
There's one I lie to
When I try to
Be true
To two
So

I'm putting all my eggs in one basket
I'm betting everything I've got on you


Let's Face the Music and Dance

There may be trouble ahead
But while there's moonlight and music and love and romance
Let's face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill 
And while we still have the chance
Let's face the music and dance

Soon
We'll be without the moon
Humming a diff'rent tune
And then

There may be teardrops to shed
So while there's moonlight and music and love and romance
Let's face the music and dance, dance
Let's face the music and dance



Carefree (1938 film)

Change Partners

Must you dance every dance
With the same fortunate man?
You have danced with him since the music began
Won't you change partners and dance with me?

Must you dance quite so close 
With your lips touching his face?
Can't you see I'm longing to be in his place?
Won't you change partners and dance with me?

Ask him to sit this one out and while you're alone
I'll tell the waiter to tell him he's wanted on the telephone

You've been locked in his arms
Ever since heaven knows when
Won't you change partners and then
You may never want to change partners again


I Used To Be Color-Blind

[VERSE:]
Strange!  How a dreary world can suddenly change
To a world as bright as the evening star
Queer!  What a difference when your vision is clear
And you see things as they really are

[REFRAIN:]
I used to be color-blind
But I met you and now I find
There's green in the grass
There's gold in the moon
There's blue in the skies

That semi-circle that was always hanging about
Is not a storm cloud, it's a rainbow
And you brought the colors out

Believe me it's really true
Till I met you I never knew
A setting sun could paint such beautiful skies

I never knew there were such lovely colors
And the big surprise
Is the red in your cheeks
The gold in your hair
The blue in your eyes


Yam, The

[VERSE:]
Come on and hear the yam man cry,
"Any yam today?"
The sweet potatoes that he'll fry
Will be yam today
The little step that you'll see him do
With ev'ry yam that he sells to you
Is something that you ought to try
Come and Yam today

[REFRAIN:]
Come get what I've got
It will hit the spot
Get your sweet and hot
Yam

Raise your hand and sway 
Like you hold a tray
When you're on your way
Yam

Come on, shake your depression
And let's have a yam session
There's that long note
One, two, three
Yam

Ev'ry orchestra
In America
Will be doing the
Yam

[PATTER:]
I didn't come to do the Charleston
I didn't come to Ball the Jack
I didn't come to do
The Suzy Q
Or do the Bottom they call Black
I didn't come to do Big Apple
I didn't come to do the Shag
But, honey, here I am 
To do the Yam
Because the Yam is in the bag