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IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW (YOU MUST HAVE THE RAIN) (Oscar Levant (m) / Billy Rose / Mort Dixon (l) ) As recorded by Annette Hanshaw Oct 1928 < Harmony and Diva Labels > Also sung by: Art Jarrett (with Ted Weems and His Orchestra) 1928 Jack Hylton and His Orchestra Fanny Brice Janet Klein Eva Taylor Debbie Arthurs What does it matter if rain comes your way And raindrops patter along For rain descending should not make you blue The happy ending is waiting for you. Take your share of troubles Face it and don't complain If you want the rainbow You must have the rain. Happiness comes double After a little pain If you want the rainbow You must have the rain. What if your love affair should breakup As they sometimes will When you kiss and makeup Boy, what a thrill. Sadness ends in gladness Showers are not in vain If you want the rainbow You must have the rain. Look for brighter weather Or watch for the sun again If you want the rainbow Then you must have the rain. Pull yourself together Whistle a happy strain If you want the rainbow Then you must have the rain. So if your lucky star deserts you And if shadows fall Even though it hurts you Laugh through it all. Be a cheerful looser You have the world to gain If you want the rainbow Why you just must have the rain. That's 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' and a variety of other pseudonyms. (Transcribed by David Story May 2014)

    


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