fr "A Dangerous Maid" 1921 musical New York
George Gershwin (m) Ira Gershwin (l) 1921
as rec by Ella Fitzerald w Nelson Riddle & his Orch
Jan 5th 1959 Hollywood
I've just finished writing an advertisement,
Calling for a boy.
No half-hearted Romeo or flirt is meant,
That's the kind I'd not employ!
Though anybody interested can apply,
He must know a thing or two to qualify!
He must be able to dance,
He must make life a romance;
I said a boy wanted, one who can smile,
Boy wanted, lovable style!
He must know how to say yes
When I look at a new dress!
Oh, I'll be raedy when the right one calls,
And I'll start vamping him until he falls!
Yes, if he proves to be the right little laddie,
I'll make him glad he answered my ad!
He must like musical shows,
And he must wear snappy clothes!
Yes, that is my story
And to it I'll stick!
In having a hick!
He needn't be such a saint,
But oh, he daresn't say "ain't"!
I don't care if his bankroll totals nought,
For we can live on food for thought!
If he's a scholar,
When I see him, I'll holler,
I'm glad you answered my ad!".
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - January 2012)