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I'D RATHER CHARLESTON From the London show "Lady Be Good" 1926) (George Gershwin / Desmond Carter) Fred & Adele Astaire (Piano: George Gershwin) (London Stage Production) - 1926 Also recorded by: Jack Gibbons; George Gershwin; Victor Sylvester; Dave Van Rank; Nicolas Hodges; San Francisco Starlight Orchestra. FRED: I've seen for days that you've got The ways that must be checked In you I never can detect The slightest signs of intellect Your mad on dances, think of the chances you neglect You never seem inclined to use your mind And it's quite plain to see That I'm the brains of the family FRED: Take a lesson from me ADELE: I'd rather Charleston FRED: Charleston? Think of what you might be ADELE: I'd rather Charleston FRED: Charleston? I'm disappointed in you and your ways ADELE: I'm double-jointed There's no sensation like syncopation FRED: Will you let me know why ADELE: I'd rather Charleston FRED: Charleston? That's the sort of thing I would never do So, leave it behind and give your mind to something new ADELE: I'd rather Charleston (FRED: Oh no), Charleston, Charleston with you FRED: Your way of living soon will be giving me a pain You just repeat that same refrain You use your feet and not your brain Something has got you I don't know what you hope to gain And after all I've done It's not much fun to have to have a Sister who's Got her brain in her dancing shoes FRED: So, take a lesson from me ADELE: I'd rather Charleston FRED: Charleston? When you're older you'll see ADELE: I'd rather Charleston FRED: Charleston? The great improvements I looked for in you ADELE: I like improvements They make new plastic just like elastic FRED: Say, don't you ever keep cool ADELE: I'd rather Charleston FRED: Oh no, that's the sort of thing silly people do Hey, haven't you read what Lincoln said in sixty-two ADELE: Ye-a-a-a-h-h-h! FRED: Well, what'd he say? ADELE: I'd rather Charleston (FRED: Oh no), Charleston, Charleston with you FRED: Not me (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - December 2005)

    


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