Prime Artist: Chorus
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II (O. Greeley Clendenning H. II)
Music by: Jerome Kern (J. David K.)
From the Show: Show Boat 1927 (S)
Oh tell me, did you ever!
Did you ever hear of such a thing?
The leading man's about to give the leading girl
A wedding ring?
So now you see,
Romance can start
Upon the stage~
Romance like theirs
Is not for everyone!
Her father has neglected none,
He's asked us all to see the fun~
And since we are invited to
Attend, we are delighted to
Be there, when these united two
Are plighted to be one!
Captain Andy! Captain Andy!
My but doesn't he look fine and dandy!
Now Magnolia's found her mate,
You know we're happy to congratulate.
We thank you for inviting us to
See the wedding~It was friendly thus to
Let us share your happy day
And see you give the bride away~
Accordin' to the announcement you read in the Post
Office you're all invited to the weddin' of my
daughter, Miss Magnolia Hawks, to her leadin' man, the Honorable Gaylord
Now bein' as how y'all take such an interest in
the doin's of the showboat folks, I thought you'd like
to see the happy couple playin' their own romance
off the stage~
Now the bride and groom'll be out in a minute~
and then we'll all march down to the church!
Happy, the day,
When the hand of a maid has been won by swift pursuing,
Happy, the way
He has chosen to win her by bold and ardent wooing.
We'd take pride to be
Wedded to anyone charming as you~
We always tol' ya
We knowed you'd find
Your man who'd be lovin' ya true!
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly,
I gotta love my man 'til I die~
Can't help lovin' that man~of mine.
Contributed by Carlene Bogle