That’s Amore

When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie
That’s amore
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore

Bells’ll ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing Vita bella
Hearts’ll play tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay
Like a gay tarantella

When the stars make you drool joost-a like pasta fazool
That’s amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you’re in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreamin’, signore
‘scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore

(When the moon hits your… Continue reading

You’re Getting To Ba A Habit With Me

Every kiss, every hug
Seems to act just like a drug
You’re getting to be a habit with me
Let me stay in your arms
I’m addicted to your charms
You’re getting to be a habit with me
I used to think your love was something that I could take or leave alone
But now I couldn’t do without my supply
I need you for my own
Oh, I can’t break away
I must have you every day
As regularly as coffee or tea
You’ve got me in your clutches
And I can’t get free
You’re getting to be a… Continue reading

Cryin’ for the Carolines

Verse 1)
Big town you lured me,
Big town you cured me,
Tho’ others hate to say goodbye to you
I’m leavin’ but I’ll never sigh for you.
Big town you robbed me of ev’ry joy I knew.

Where is the song I had in my heart
That harmonized with the pines,
Anyone can see what’s troublin’ me,
Cryin‘ for the Carolines.
Where is the brook that kisses the lane,
Covered with Glory Vines.
Anyone can see what’s troublin’ me.
I’m crying for the Carolines.
How can I smile mile after mile,
There’s not a bit… Continue reading

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

I walk along the street of sorrow
The boulevard of broken dreams
Where gigolo and gigolette
Can take a kiss without regret
So they forget their broken dreams

You laugh tonight and cry tomorrow
When you behold your shattered schemes
Gigolo and gigolette
Wake up to find their eyes are wet
With tears that tell of broken dreams

Here is where you’ll always find me
Always walking up and down
But I left my soul behind me
In an old cathedral town

The joy that you find here you borrow
You cannot keep it long it seems
Gigolo and gigolette… Continue reading


Pardon me, boy
Is that the Chattanooga choo choo?
Track twenty-nine
Boy, you can gimme a shine
I can afford
To board a Chattanooga choo choo
I’ve got my fare
And just a trifle to spare

You leave the Pennsylvania Station ’bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you’re in Baltimore
Dinner in the diner
Nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham an’ eggs in Carolina

When you hear the whistle blowin’ eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far
Shovel all the coal in
Gotta keep it rollin’
Woo,… Continue reading


Fellows, if you’re arn
I will spin a yarn
That was told to me by Able Seaman Jones.
Once he had the blues
So he took a cruise
Far away from night-clubs and from saxophones.
He said, “Yo Ho, I’ve made a certain port
And when you talk about real he-man sport”:

Hot ginger and dynamite
There’s nothing but that at night
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
The way they can entertain
Would hurry a hurricane
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky wacky

In Fujiama… Continue reading

A Nickel’s Worth Of Jive


I’m savin’ up my pennies

To change ‘em into nickels,

I gotta have a nickel for the juke.

I like the beat of Basie,

The bounce of Mister Dorsey,

The blue sophistication of the Duke.

And when Glenn Miller plays

As sure as blazes,

You’re gonna see me go right up in flames,

So, toot your trumpet Mister Gabriel James.

For music I’m a glutton,

I gotta push a button,

I wanna hear ‘The Bow Tie’ sing.

I listen so intently,

Yes, and incident’lly,

I’d love a double order of Bing.

Don’t give me a penny,

Rather not have… Continue reading

A Poem Set To Music


Is this the night I’ve waited, oh, so long for?

Is this my dream at last come true?

Are you the one my heart has saved its song for?

How can I tell?

I wish I knew;


I wish I knew someone like you could love me,

I wish I knew you place no one above me;

Did I mistake this for a real romance?

I wish I knew, but only you can answer.

If you don’t care, why let me hope and pray so,

Don’t lead me on, if I’m a fool, just say so.

Should I… Continue reading

When I’m Out With The Belle Of New York


Lillian Russell is fabulous fair,

So is the girl on that sign over there;

Ah, but to capture the maid of my heart

Challenges ev’ry photographer’s art.

Charles Dana Gibson would even agree

No Stage-door John holds a candle to me.


When I’m out with the Belle of New York,

With the beautiful Belle of New York,

Ev’ry person we meet, like the cop on the beat

Leaves whatever he’s doing and crosses the street;

It’s a beautiful sight after dark,

When we’re strolling through Grammercy Park;

The stars in her eyes and the moon up above

Just… Continue reading

I Had The Craziest Dream

In a dream the strangest and the oddest things appear
And what insane and silly things we do.
Here is what I see before me, vividly and clear:
As I recall it, you were in it, too.

I had the craziest dream last night, yes I did.
I never dreamt it could be
Yet there you were, in love with me.
I found your lips close to mine so I kissed you
And you didn’t mind it at all.
When I’m awake such a break never happens.
How long can a gal go on dreaming?

If there’s a chance that… Continue reading

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