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IF YOU CAN'T TELL THE WORLD (Enoch LIght) 1927 As sung by Annette Hanshaw 1927 Also sung by: Prince Piotti (1927) People who gossip are people who lie So try to keep out of their way Many a girl saw her happiness die 'Cause someone had too much to say. If you can't tell the world She's a good little girl Then just say nothing at all. Who cares what She once used to be As long as she's sorry She needs sympathy. So don't give away What you know of her life Someday she may make A wonderful wife. If you can't tell the world She's a good little girl Then just say nothing at all. Homes have been broken And hearts filled with pain By stories that shouldn't be told. Dreams have been dreamed And then shattered in vain Before a new scandal grows old. If you can't tell the world She's a good little girl Then just say nothing at all. Who cares what She once used to be As long as she's sorry She needs sympathy. So don't give away What you know of her life Someday she may make A wonderful wife. If you can't tell the world She's a good little girl Then just say nothing at all. Notes: Catherine) Annette Hanshaw, an American, was a blues and jazz singer from the 1920s and early 1930s and was purportedly one of the first female jazz singers of that era. She was known as 'The Personality Girl' or later as the 'The Flapper Girl' by her followers and fit the 1920s period perfectly with her flapper style and sweet innocent-sounding voice. She often ended her songs with the cute tag "That's All". See MY BLACKBIRDS ARE BLUEBIRDS NOW and LOVABLE & SWEET Some consider the later Hanshaw, a 'torch singer' along with the likes of Ruth Etting, Mildred Bailey, Jane Froman and Bebe Daniels. Strangely, she thought her abilities 'wanting' by her own standards and retired early to married life, after only 15 years in the business. Hanshaw also recorded under the names 'Gay Ellis' or 'Dot Dare' or 'Patsy Young'. (Transcribed by David Story May 2014)

    


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