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IF YOU BUILD A BETTER MOUSETRAP (Victor L. Schertzinger (m) / Johnny Mercer (l) 1941) Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell December 10 1941 Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra Also sung by: Betty Hutton (Jimmy Dorsey) Peggy Lee Benny Goodman (Eberly) If you build a better mousetrap Grin a better grin Roll a better eye to All the boys will try to Chuck you 'neath the chin. (O'Connell) If you make a better moonface When you’re with the chicks Whisper better whispers How you gonna miss Persuadin’ five or six. (Eberly & O'Connell) That’s the way to be successful So we’re gettin’ wise We’re kissin’ better kisses Sayin’ sweeter nothins (O'Connell) Lyin’ bigger lies (Eberly) And we’re squeezin’ better squeezes (Eberly & O'Connell) Teasin’ better teases Everything pleases but gee Why doesn’t anything happen to me. (O'Connell) (bridge) That’s the way to be successful (Eberly & O'Connell) So we’re gettin’ wise We’re kissin’ better kisses Sayin’ sweeter nothin’s (O'Connell) Lyin’ bigger lies. (Eberly) And we’re sqeezin’ better squeezes (Eberly & O'Connell) Teasin’ better teases Positively amorous Why doesn’t anything ever occur (O'Connell) Why can’t I make an impression on her (Eberly) Why doesn’t anything happen to us. (Eberly & O'Connell) NOTES: This jazz/big band favorite rose to #23 in the pop charts of the time and Betty Hutton's version was extremely popular. Hutton was known as the 'Blond Bombshell of Hollywood'. (Transcribed by David Story - November 2013)

    


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